by Udayan Mukerjee (Author)
Can one indiscretion be allowed to scar a family for life?
Ronojoy’s mother dies alone in the Ashram she had abruptly retreated to twenty-eight years ago, leaving him – then only twelve- to fend for the emotional needs of himself and his six-year-old brother.
When the cremation rites are complete, Ronojoy is handed a letter from his mother that is not so much a farewell as a confession. As before, it is left to him to decide whether to share the disturbing contents with his brother, whom he has always sought to protect.
Thus, begins another tumultuous cycle in the lives of the two brothers who already carry deep scars from their childhood; their fragile minds ever at risk of succumbing to the dark.
Written in spare, stark prose, Dark Circles deftly weaves past and present, offering tantalizing glimpses of bottled truths buried deep in the recesses of repressed memory; brilliantly exposing the dark undercurrents that swirl under the seemingly placid lives of families.
About the Author
Udayan Mukherjee was born in Kolkata. He had a two-decade career as a television anchor/editor and continues to be an occasional commentator and newspaper columnist. He divides his time between the Uttarakhand Himalayas and Mumbai. This is his first novel.
This book has cancer as an important part of one of the key players of the story. Because of the unusual circumstances, which forms the core of the novel, the lady moves to an ashram for nearly 30 years, leaving behind her two small children. In the last one year of her cancer journey, she keeps the information from her sons, who are adults. The complexity of relationships and the impact of one event makes this novel unique to read. The loneliness of not sharing the diagnosis of cancer and the impact it has on the survivors is beautifully/tragically described in the novel.