In his debut book Slow, Digonta sets the story in the most picturesque and beautiful places of North-East India. Slow is the story of Baba and his family who moves to various towns of the region, thanks to the Government job of Baba’ s father. As the tittle suggests, the author is in no hurry to rush to the plot. He takes his time with the atmosphere and the characters. He takes his time in establishing the multiple point of views and he takes his time in giving us beautiful tour of Kohima, Tezpur, Guwahati, Dimapur and many such towns.
In the opening pages, the narration is interesting. Each character in the book gets an opportunity to narrate from their point of view which bring variety of opinions. However,after some pages, it starts to get little annoying (or maybe its just me) as you cannot settle to single tone of narration. However, I just loved the first part of the book, which had beautiful childhood, friendships, notorious expeditions, parental affection and love-at-first sights.
You fall for Baba, his character, his habits and his slowness, until Digonta does a GRR Martin and kills Baba in the middle of the book. That was a little heart break for me as I was rooting for him and was really looking forward to his adulthood. However, Baba is not completely taking from the story and even in his after-life, he was still running the show for the book.
Overall, Digonta offers fresh style with his first book. During my years of High school and college, I made loads of friends from North-East of India:fFrom Kohima, Dimapur, Guwahati, Tezpur, Shilong, Nalwadi etc and I always enjoyed their free spirited and artistic approach to life. This book reminded me of those times and I could connect with the characters. However, I was not much impressed by the second part of the book, maybe because the first one raised the bar so high. During my interview with the author few months back, I found an honesty in his voice and that was very evident in the book.
I rated Slow… by Digonta Bordoloi,3 out of 5 stars on the goodreads. Maybe, if I had to just rate the first half of the book, I would had rated it 4/5. Digonta told me that his next project is a historical fiction based on the region, and I can’t wait to have my hands on it.