Book Review: Small Acts Of Freedom by Gurmehar Kaur
Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student came into limelight in 2017, after an incident at Delhi University's Ramjas College. Soon after the incident, she wrote a book titled 'Small Acts Of Freedom' and released it in January 2018. Connecting the dots, many thought and still assumes that the book highlights the episode that took place at the prestigious Ramjas college and how Gurmehar revolted against all the death threats and what not.
But, the book happens to be much more than that. It is a tale of three different women of three different generations spread from 1947-2017. What Gurmehar calls as her memoir tells the story of how the three women- Amarjeet, Raji and Gurmehar herself, lived their life on their own terms. Defying all odds, being each other's strength, the three women not only came out as strong, but a warrior, as I would say.
The book is gripping, considering the story line and the language which is simple and straight forward. Also, I read only on my way to and from office, but then too I managed to finish the book within 24 hours.
Being a writer, I felt like someone just sat to tell a tale and continued until they had nothing else to tell. It felt like straight from the heart.
What fascinated me was how well she remembers some of the incidents from her childhood. (I have very little memories of my childhood, I wonder why. Either I have short term memory loss or I was living a lost life.) Also, I know, she wrote one chapter when she was just 12-years-old, but then too; being able to remember something so well is what I would appreciate.
Apart from this, I feel that one must read this book to not sympathise with the family for their loss, but to understand the pain a family of a martyr goes through. Like, in Gurmehar's story, her younger sister Bani doesn't even remember her father because she was barely months old when she lost her father. But the Kaur sisters, especially Gurmehar knows her father because of her family who has kept him alive with all the stories.