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June 26, 2020

My Rating - 2 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Simon and Schuster 
Genre - LGBTQ/Fiction
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English
ISBN - 978-93-8679-736-0
Pages - 239

The Scent of God by Saikat Majumdar

My Review - 

This is the third book I picked for Pride Month and my first read from Saikat Majumdar. The Scent of God is his third book based on school life run by monks. The two main characters are Anirvan, also called Yogi, and Kajol. They live in the school hostel, away from their families, and find solace in each other's company. 

They both have very different views when it comes to their futures. Yogi is an average student who doesn't know what he wants to do but feels a strong association with the solitary life. While Kajol planned everything for his career, he wanted Yogi to be a part of his future. The first part is about their friends, the time they spend together, enjoyment, and opportunities for meeting alone to better understand each other. 

In the second section, after the board exam, Yogi moves away from the school, starts living with his teacher, and becomes an active part of a political party and rallies. He experiences life besides the school walls and the cruelty of the world. He misses the time spent with Kajol and vice-versa. Yogi shared a unique link with the teachers Kamal Swami and Sushant Kane, but they both have different opinions that cause conflict and turmoil in the lover's life. 

The words are well-balanced and describe a part that is often ignored mostly. Some of the conversations are witty and thought-provoking. It is a slow-paced story, and I don't judge the cover page, but this time, I can't stop myself because it is so majestic, and I liked it.

I like the starting and how the students were trying to find their place and identity, dealing with the education system's norms and customs, but the political part pulls me out of the story. The characters also felt dull and unable to establish a connection with the readers. The ends gave me chills, but overall, the book doesn't leave an impact on meSo, I leave the decision to you to read this book or not?

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