Title: Intriguing and enough to raise one’s curiosity regarding the book and wonder about the significance of the dove a symbol of peace, and its worries.

Cover Design: Complex yet, one that stokes the reader’s interest in the book.

Blurb:The Dove’s Lament is a journey that takes you around the world, bringing to life the human side of conflicts that tear people apart. From the genocide in Rwanda, to war-stricken Bosnia, from child marriages in India to prostitution and drug trafficking in Colombia, these stories traverse a microcosm of reality. Be it the manifestation of Bacha Baazi in Afghanistan, or the fight for paradise on Earth, Kashmir, the repertoire of stories lend a soul to what otherwise remain a muddle of news reports and statistics. Through these stories, Kirthi embroiders a tapestry of the unvanquished human spirit in varied shades, and shakes you up to the reality that surrounds you.

THE WOWs!!! & THE OOPs!!!


Content: Interesting, emotional and thought provoking. Brief yet powerful, the book has just 12 chapters neatly packed into 148 pages. Each chapter has as its pivot a location, a country around whose people a heart- wrenching story is woven. The story is followed-up with an essay of facts that prompted the author to weave the story. Each chapter is preceded by a map that takes one to the land of conflict/action. In short each chapter of ‘The Dove’s lament’ is a tapestry woven with the threads of geography, history and the author’s imagination.

As one progresses through the book one comes face to face with the horrors of war, the butchering of innocence and the cries for mercy. It brings live the trauma of the affected. The net effect is that one can’t help shiver from top to toe and worry for the future.

While the opening chapter on the Rwandan genocide brings live the helplessness of the innocent masses that are butchered mercilessly in the name of ethnicity, the chapter on the Israel- Palestine conflict tells us how religion which is supposed to teach compassion can in fact if not handled properly, incite violence. It also brings us face to face with the plight of the displaced, their agony and yearning.

The 5th Chapter on ‘Bacha Bazi in Afghanistan’ left me uneasy and sick at the pervert mentality of those that are wealthy in terms of riches yet poor in terms of scruples while the 8th Chapter on ‘Child Marriages in India’ saw my eyes become moist for those hapless baby girls who are forced into a relationship that holds no meaning for them. Unaware of the fate that awaits them they give into the whims of their parents, partner and society only to suffer till the end or die at a tender age. Ah! What a waste of precious human life!

‘Human Trafficking’ (Chapter 9) shook me. It left me worried for all the young girls born and unborn. I could not help wondering what it is that is lacking in our upbringing of our boys that they fail to respect the ones that bring them into this world, the ones that they are duty- bound to care and protect. Have we and our ancestors, as mothers and fathers failed in our duty? If not, then why have we not been able to instill in them a sense of propriety, a sense of respect and a feeling of responsibility for women and girls? Had we succeeded would there ever be a Kamathipura in Mumbai or a Sonagachi (Asia’s largest red-light district) in Kolkata?

‘The Dove’s lament’ is a virtual tour through the world of crime, pain and suffering. It is a flight from one end of the world to the other, through a maze of conflicts and atrocities. It is the lament of the one who is pure at heart, the gullible and is a wake-up call to humanity to see through the sinister designs of the deceitful and disruptive elements in society and to respond befittingly to their deceit be it in the name of caste or creed, ethnicity or gender.

Though the book begins with a cry, with anguish at the hopelessness of the situation surrounding humanity, it ends on a hopeful note. It brings back the words of Annie Frank as quoted in the Author’s Note at the beginning of the book: “I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right.”

The stories each one of them, is woven with finesse. Though they are multi-layered, unique and heart-touching they are also strong and hard- hitting. They are sure to feed the reader’s curiosity to know the facts that prompted the author to pen them. The essays at the end complement them. But one thing that truly stood out in nearly all the stories is the compassionate side of women and children and their resilience which I believe is what lends hope to the Dove and to humanity.

Characterization: Perfect. The characters, each one of them, are presented with all their imperfections thus making them and the stories they appear in, relatable.

Style, Language and Pace: Style is interesting and engaging. Language is simple, crisp and lucid. Pace is perfect making one go on till the end without a break. In fact the author’s style of presenting the facts and fiction (stories) makes one feel that they are in the thick of the action.

Editing: Flawless. True to its reputation, Readomania has ensured that the book scores a perfect five on this count.


I’m lost wondering whether there is anything that put me off. There’s none that I can think off. So it’s only Wow! Wow! Wow!…


A perfect piece of fact, fiction, research and journalism all bundled in one, the book had me floored. It is a must read for not only the Angels but the Demons too. Who knows, the book may shake-up at least a few of them and inspire them to shed violence and oppression. If so, the Dove’s hope for all-around peace may come true and the human- race may see better days.


I give the book a perfect 5 on a scale of 5. Anything less will be injustice and I’m sure the Dove will be shattered after the way the Author has successfully presented its state of mind.


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A Lawyer who has specialized in Public International Law and Human Rights, Author Kirthi Jayakumar is multi-talented. She has diversified into Research and Writing in Public International Law, Arbitration and Human Rights, besides Freelance Journalism. Kirthi has worked extensively with grass root organizations that focus on women’s rights, in her capacity as a UN Volunteer, specializing in Human Rights issues in Africa, India and Central Asia and the Middle East. She has and also run a journal, academy and consultancy that focus on International Law. It is called A38.

Kirthi is the founder of the Red Elephant Foundation, an organization that works for the empowerment of women.

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About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

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  1. I agree with you here Geeta. I felt very small reviewing this book. How can I, as a human, find any fault in the pain of others. Since there was no scope of judging the editing part also, it was a wow for me too. Lovely review. 🙂


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