Book Review: The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta | ideasthroughwords.com
Title– The Last Bloom
Author– Miss Poulomi Sengupta
No of Pages: 394
Outline of the story (Provided by the Author): The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta
The Last Bloom’ is a story of Priya, her dreams, aspirations and struggles to fit into her new college life and its politics. Priya was ecstatic, as she was admitted to her dream college. All her visions of adventurous rock climbing trips, long night jollification with bosom friends, class bunking in lieu of movie shows, tasting lip smacking street side delicacies with classmates-a new exciting world would now unfold before her! But college is different from Priya’s idyllic dreams. In an environment as opposed to that of school, exposed to an educational system, which is controlled by political unions, will naive Priya be able to survive without any political protection? Caught between the college hero Suvo’s charming words and her acrid tussles with conceited college dropout Vivek, will immature Priya be able to differentiate between cajoling false comrades and brutally honest well-wishers? Often degraded by the skittish Shweta and saved by the blunt rebellious Aashi, will Priya be able to identify her friends and stand up for them, against fierce opposition? As Priya undertakes her journey of self-discovery, will she succumb to her deep-seated fears and insecurities or will she survive the ultimate test of time?
The Last Bloom by debutant author Poulomi Sengupta narrates the tale of Priya, a naïve girl with big dreams and aspirations who gets the jolt of reality after entering her dream college. Like any fresher, Priya had imagined an ideal college life with loads of fun and of course exploring the subjects she is keen on learning. But, the truth hits her hard. She finds herself amidst campus politics, unions, tainted education system and stuff no young girl will desire to face in life. This tale also takes you to the post-independence era and, is set in a backdrop of a small town of Bengal.
The best part about the book is that, the author has tried to keep things real. Addressing such a crucial issue in depth in her very first novel is commendable. Every aspect of the college politics, condition of government colleges, the system, among other things are touched in detail. However, the author chooses to go heavy on vocabulary at times, which may not go well with the masses. The character of the protagonist is very well established. There are several other characters that play an important role in shaping up the plot and bringing the author’s purpose and message to life.
It is a lengthy book to grasp but, has some significant points to present. The narrative talks about the present condition of government colleges, dilemma of young students, the education system, the issues due to class difference in the country, real case scenario of the student problems. Being a book about youngsters, the readers might want to know if there is a love angle to the story. Without revealing much about the same, I would comment that there is a very subtle love aspect as the book mainly is discussing other important issues through the narrative.
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