THE UMRI GENE
The Umri gene steals its title from a small village ‘Mohammadpur Umri’, of Allahabad (India) which has aroused scientific interest among researchers worldwide for its mystery of producing high density of twins.
Along with various phases of protagonist life, the book travels from 1960’s to the present era, weaving drama around the perplexity of Umri village, torching upon the complexities of human emotions.
The book revolves around Subhadra who alongwith her twin brother Krishna merrily lives in the village Umri, until she meets Pradeep and falls in love with him. But her family marries her elsewhere. Her husband Rajkumar, comes to know about Pradeep. The information that his wife had been seen with a guy prior to their marriage was a reason enough to get drunk, abuse, and batter her regularly. One day Subhadra decides to end her life by consuming poisonous food, but Rajkumar succumbed to death eating the food she has prepared for herself.
Living in a judgemental society which bars a widow from enjoying a smooth life, she struggles for her identity disguising herself as a married woman.
The family members on finding how Subhadra, being a widow was living in an unethical manner forcefully marry her to Vikas. When Vikas revealed Subhadra that he loves someone else, she takes divorce from him. Meanwhile she becomes a surrogate mother for her sister’s child.
After her children are grown up, Subhadra decides to shift to her root, Umri again, where she finds Pradeep. Pradeep uncomfortable with Subhadra’s concern for him tells her that he is not as worthy as she is thinking of him
Be it infertility, child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, widow’s life, divorce, gender discrimination, surrogacy, demonetisation or other social issues; every person will find a point in the book where one can relate to. Heard and unheard voices of the society echoes through the various characters of ‘The Umri gene.’