Escapades Awakenings

(2 reviews)

Published In: 2013
ISBN: 978-93-82359-55-5
No. of Pages: 590

Book Overview

The book presents a uniquely different take on life in Bhutan, moving beyond the clichéd descriptions and traditional tales to lift the veil of misty romanticism and offer a glimpse into the stark realities of its society. Peopled with strong characters and spanning three generations, the novel Escapades portrays the harsh conditions, especially in the life of its womenfolk and children, as they deal with the shocking and tough conditions to eke out a survival in the beautiful but inhospitable mountainous terrains. The story comes alive through the simple but hard-hitting dialogues of the chechey’s or daughters of the interior village of Mamung, caught in a mesh of deceit, exploitation and back-breaking labour as porters to arrogant and over-indulged government officials or dashos. Covering a span of almost eighty years, the novel takes a detailed and introspective aspect, ably aided by the descriptions of Bhutanese life, culture, traditions and religion. The female protagonists show indomitable spirit of survival and inner strength, as they struggle to overcome the bitter conditions and social evils that make them susceptible to exploitation. The tale of how Thruebaab, a simple fatherless village girl, overcomes her humble beginnings to reach the highest rung of political power and corporate success is indeed mesmerising, as is the ultimate sacrifice of her daughter Choedren who leaves behind all the trappings of material success to embrace Buddhism guided by mentor Chencho. A refreshing novel from the land of misty mountains, mythological tales & Gross National Happiness (less)

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by Pelden Wangchuk (July 31, 2020)

22 Reviews

This book by the first timer author Doji Dhratyul talks about the life style of a remote village and the current generation of people living in Bhutan. This book is rich in terms of cultures and traditions of Bhutan. Through the character and story it tells about the love of a single mother towards her daughter and the hope to raise high among the harsh life. This novel spans a three generation of a family and it talks about the unfair of treatment of village girls in Zhemgang by the higher official like civil servants (Dashos) without the knowledge of outsiders.

This book give a clear insight of Bhutan. It tells about the single mother who faced herself a trouble when she was young. She was also a victim of those civil servants which in that time the village girls are often used as the subject of interest to Dashos like a offering. It was a disgraceful tradition in their village where only the higher people have a power to control and low people can do nothing but accept their own fates.

The book is typically a Bhutanese culture and tradition oriented book and it gives you a multi-themes and lessons.

Reviewed by Pelden Wangchuk

by Chablop PaSsu (January 07, 2020)

11 Reviews

Escapade Awakening is a powerful story told with brutal honesty; the work of fiction is a raw reflection of life in rural Bhutan from the past decades. Such story can only be told as fiction, otherwise one can risk exposing the shameless stories of many civil servants who walked into the villages.

The great book could have been wrapped in a better cover and given a more suitable name; I would have called it Thruelbub after the name of the strong female character in the book.