A Mother’s Goodbye is Kasturi Patra’s debut work. Set in 2010 in Kolkata, it is an intricately woven coming of age story of three fatherless siblings Avik, Mou, Ishaan and their mother Deepa. From a child’s point of view, a mother’s goodbye could only mean one thing–her death. But the scenario here is totally unimaginable. Patra’s pen commits the grave blasphemy of a mother abandoning her children. We are not strangers to stories of children abandoning their ill or aged parents, but a mother leaving her children to fend for themselves is unbelievable and unforgivable.