When I turned the last page I wondered whether the book can be classified a Fiction or Non Fiction. Perhaps both. It has the spicy masala of a fiction and brain teasing Gladwellian stuff of non-fiction. I thought the protagonist Naina as the heroine but at the end it was Manvika, who turned out to be the real heroine – at least for me.
The book tells story of a bored-to-death married lady Naina. To escape her monotonous life she takes refuge in her friend Manvika and starts training at a gym, where she falls for a handsome hunk named Aarav. That is just the beginning of the story. The entire plot of the book revolves around epic battle between her desire and conscience as she is a married woman.
Some chapters, especially those involving conversation between Manvika and Naina are very interesting. Their conversations will make you pause and think. Naina resembles a typical traditional Indian girl while Manvika is a ultra-modern, ultra-liberal and non conforming woman. Their ideas on concepts of society, marriage and sex are like north pole and south pole and they debate vociferously. The high points of the books are these debates.
The romantic scenes in the book are sophistically and skilfully crafted by author. They are pleasure to read. That is what a literal work should be.
Author Ravinder Singh’s brilliant take on concepts like marriage and sex will leave you astounded. These are the realities of future society. Kudos to the author for synthesising complex subjects like History, Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy together. He is no doubt an intellectual and can be a great academician if he wishes so.
It would not be fair if I withhold criticism that are too obvious in the book. The book read like a prose and lacks flow. I almost gave up the reading halfway but somehow kept reading. The plot could have been more effective if narrated by a third person.
Save the intellectual conversation between Manvika and Naina at the middle and at last chapter, there is absolutely nothing in the book. The gymnasium stuff and high-brow technical terms are boring. Either the author should have put more effort into the book or written a scholarly article on topic like sex, marriage and society.
Throughout the reading I felt a talented author like Ravinder Singh is not doing justice to his ability until I reached the climax chapter. It justified my effort in reading the book. I could close the book with a smile.