Waltz in Happiness by Nilakshi Borgohain, pub. by Niyogi Books, New Delhi, 2011, ISBN- 978-81-89-738-85-3

Nilakshi Bogohain Waltz in Happiness is a novel especially for the youth of thirties and forties and for those who have just entered the threshold of married life and started facing buffets and challenges of time just after their newly jobs in metros or National Capital Region.  People residing in these metros or suburban have carried an island within them; an island of alienation and a craving for hometown haunt them, the more they try to cope with new atmosphere.

The story of the novel is woven in the backdrop of busy metro lives where people have migrated for better career options and yet they carry a small-town sensibility within them. The novel centers around Gurgaon, (NCR) where Pranjal and Ruby, the recently married couple have started their journey of married life facing new sensibilities of metro life quietly different from their native Northeast region. Pranjal is young chap with values deep engrained and similarly his wife Ruby is modern and intelligent woman who assists and counsels her husband in his professional and personal affairs. Kobita, the mother of Pranjal is an industrious woman who has suffered countless pains after the death of her husband. Kobita has taught her son to adhere to the path of values even at adverse situations. Ma’s lessons torch the path of Pranjal when we read following lines containing worldly and philosophical wisdom.

Life is meaningless unless you make personal commitments to give it meaning. (186)

X             X             X             X             X             X             X             X             X

Be careful to avoid falling into the pit of indulgence and instant gratification of senses. (187)

X             X             X             X             X             X             X             X             x

Happiness is a profound experience achieved through a meaningful life by exercising your immense strength in a purpose greater than your own immediate goals. (188)

Besides, Kobita’s notions on marriage are reflective and important for every married man and woman. When Kobita in the chapter 21 makes her son realize the meaning of married life after the slight misunderstanding with his wife, she says wittily to her son, “May I remind you that marriage is not merely about gratifying a single individual’s needs, Pranjal? Both partners should evolve to greater echelon through the alliance.” (190)

She further adds:

Marriage, this commitment you have made with Ruby, is a living organism where the focus should ideally shift ‘I’ to ‘We’. If one partner violets the dignity of the other partners, then his relationship can shatter. If you are planning to hide, lie and keep secrets in your marriage, let me assure you that your relationship will wither away. Without complete trust and respect on both sides, marriage is a meaningless, hollow, social obligation. (193)

The variegated hues from Assamese culture and North East region enhance the charm of the novel to those who wish to sip the greenery of North-East life. There are handfuls of Indian English fiction writers from Assam writing in viably and prolifically and Nilakshi ranks among the toppers. Her narrative technique is flawless and her style is reflective and alluring equally. Waltz In Happiness is her maiden novel, though she has written poetry in fragments apart from two collections of short stories published earlier. As an Indian English Fiction Writer, Nilakshi’s future is bright because she possesses an immaculate creative genius.

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