Home > Book Review > Balm for the troubled soul

Balm for the troubled soul

Monday, September 13, 2010

 The Counsel of Strangers by Gouri Dange is the second novel from this writer and practicing counselor. Reading it is somewhat of a therapeutic exercise in itself, as characters open up only to receive comfort from the observations and guidance of others.

Six strangers, who would rather be someplace else, find themselves together at a wedding. Life has had its ups and downs, more downs actually, for each of them, and there they are, for all appearances, acting like it just couldn’t have been better.
When they collectively move off to a viewing gallery and get talking into the night, what follows is a peek into lives and traumas each of them is trying to cope with, and the support system that spontaneously emerges in those dark hours. The author, after all, is a counselor, and a gentle one at that.
A retired air force man, and facing censure for belonging to an age group where love is not deemed appropriate, a young boy facing the adverse consequences of having a delinquent elder brother and very disturbed parents, a harried nurse coping with the rut of handling patients and learning some shocking truths about herself, a professor in turmoil over a brilliant son giving it all up for a career in Bollywood, a TV news anchorman who has gotten himself into trouble in his job, a female dubbing artist with a failed marriage and a bad relationship.
Given such circumstances, there can only be tremendous out-
pourings, as every one tries to help. Lots of compassion as each one goes away renewed in spirit, buoyed enough for the face-off.

  • The Counsel of Strangers
    By Gouri Dange
      Omo Books
    , Price Rs.250
Facebook   Delicious   Delicious   submit to reddit reddit
No Comments Posted
Each Samurai Sudoku puzzle consists of 5 overlapp
Performance Anxiety
Dr. Rajan B. Bhonsle, M.D. (Bom)
Consulting Sex Therapist & Counsellor
Dr. (Mrs.) Minnu R. Bhonsle, Ph.D.
Consulting Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Select Sun sign:
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)You have been through a difficult period but you have the opportunity to change all that now. You have been pushing yourself a little too hard and expecting others to match up to your capabilities which are difficult for others to do. Friends and relatives will stand by you in times of need.
Tarot for Love
Select Sun sign:
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)What the cards say: You are seeking fresh opportunities in love. Be discerning. Path: Life moves in a circle what goes down is bound to come up. So chin up. Don’t be disappointed or sad. Things will improve. Ally: Sagittarius will understand you and cheer you. Be a little careful with critical Virgo. Card for the week: Is the Tarot key XVIII, The Moon. Indicating that imagination could be more active this week.
- Advertising -
My boyfriend is insanely jealous. He gets angry e
Bouncing back after a break up is great, but boun
1. give your kitchen cabinets a makeover Paint
Read More