“"Who am I?" "Is the sole purpose of my life to see my own country of my dreams?" "Is it not my duty to server the society I live in to collectively achieve the dreams of millions of my own brothers and sisters in my noble country?"
Questions such as these that aroused the spirit of the youth in the time of the struggle for Independence of India, and the answers to which would encourage the thoughtful minds involved in revolt in their quest to identity, have been dealt with with great alacrity in this Tagore's work. The master story-teller, in his one of the greatest ever epics, sets his philosophic and artistry on such esoteric themes as related to the religion, the society, the caste, and a few more, through a set of complex and quirky characters in this novel.
Gaurmohan, the protagonist and on whose name the novel takes its title, his friend, Binoybhushan, mother Anandomayi, a Brahmo family, a few members of the Brahmo samaj - run into self-query and self-thought in matters of defining their own identity in their own societies. Though, the narrative is made adrift in the middle with too much of romantic interludes of Binoy and Lolita, a member of the Brahmo family, it carries a string of philosophic thought of the author with respect to the religion and caste, in its underbelly.
The most striking feature of the novel is the depth and building up of the characters. Each of them are bound to leave an image of themselves in the mind of the reader which might last longer than one assumed of. Every of the characters talk to one another and to oneself in a beautiful setting of a complex interweave of the circumstances of the plot.
Worth reading every word and line of the work, and the time spent in befriending the characters of the novel, especially, Gora, Paresh Babu, Binoy and Sucharita, will be well spent in that it is a real tribute to one of the finest novelists of India.