What hooked me in picking this book for review is basically the premises – the choice of second marriage after a divorce. This is seldom dealt with in contemporary literature. Let me just say, I was bored with reading book that dealt with women and their divorce. I wanted to read about what it takes to choose another step towards life when the first marriage crumpled.
The first few chapters were a little slow to me. The book is rich in vocabulary as well but most words seemed a bit forced in my opinion and an abundance of adjectives were used in most places for description. There were too many dialogues and conversations that didn’t keep up the interest. There were too lengthy for the context. A few dialogues were more filmy in my opinion and kept off the page-turning magic. Some major chunks would have made the book a lot crispier and interesting to read. It tended to be slightly boring after a point to read and the romantic-flavour definitely didn’t work as such for the characters and the way they were defined.
The characters are natural and filmy. It was as if planned and structured from the movies and series we’ve all seen for years. A mix – good women at heart, a nice man that we’d be amazed for the qualities, a really bad guy and more. They’re none different from what we’ve seen. This makes the novel a whining tale of how things are so wrong with the society but still, we’ve nothing to do about it. The same giant wheel story where all are forced to board and have no ways to get out from.
The author could have chosen to deal with the story with limited characters but instead, the story travels through pages of a few other lives that were uncalled for. Time and again, such typical story and characterisations force people to opt out of women’s fiction. This book neither falls under the category that would encourage people to trust life and go ahead with re-marriage. Bhuvan’s character sounds dramatic for a matter of fact.
I did like how the emotions panned out in the entire book. Because, for a family to handle a divorce and to gather themselves to support the woman’s next choice to living is a big deal.
I’d appreciate the author for choosing the theme and using Haveli for narration. Could have been better in terms of narration and word choices.
Reviewed by : Kavipriya Moorthy
About the author:
Harshali Singh is a New Delhi based Judge at the Consumer Forum, an avid reader and a passionate Painter. An academician with a decade of experience of working with preprimary age group in different capacities ranging from Operations Head to the Curriculum and academic head. She, as a teacher trainer conducts workshops to enhance proficiency in advanced teaching methodologies.
She is a trained Occupational Therapist from the Institute of The Physically Handicapped and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education while currently pursuing her L.L.B degree. While handling these demanding jobs she managed to take out time for her passion- oil painting and has also held an exhibition of her exclusive, vibrant paintings at the India Habitat Centre in 2014. When not busy with the various roles she portrays she is usually found with her books and her family, which include two teenage children and a very patient Other Half, relaxing.
Author(s): Harshali Singh
Release: November 2016
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