Monday, May 19, 2014

Review of "Sita's Curse- The Language of Desire"

About Author:
A prolific poet, an intrepid traveller and an incurable fashionista, Sreemoyee Piu Kundu has made her literary debut with Faraway Music, published by Hachette to hit stands in January 2013. Sreemoyee held Senior Editorial positions in The Asian Age, New Delhi, The Bombay Times, Mid-day Bangalore, India Today (Spice), Metro Now and Times Life, Times of India, New Delhi. She is also the Recipient of the Author Award by the Indian Council of UN Relations, from the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit on the occasion of Women’s Day.

Plot: 4/5
The plot revolves around a Gujarati girl Meera Patel, who is married off to Mohan Patel in Mumbai. Meera’s twin brother Kartik is the only one, who gives feeling of safety and completeness to Meera.  Meera has alluring body and she suffers with the common problem of Indian woman. Not loved and satisfied by husband, Meera comes across an adult website, where she meets a guy, who will change her life. 

Characters: 4.5/5
Meera Patel: A Gujarati girl of small village. Role of Sita played by her, chases her life.
Mohan Patel: He represents patriarchal society of India, who mistreats his beautiful and younger wife to hide his own impotency.
Kartik: Kartik is twin brother of Meera, who is her only companion and torch bearer.
Yousuf: Meera’s physical as well as emotional hunger is satisfied by him.
Amarkant Maharaj: This character somehow reminds and represents the famous Gujarati guru, who is going under trial now a days. Description of this character, seems justifying acts of the Guru.
Bansri: He is younger brother of Mohan. He is the only person in family, who understands Meera and behaves nicely to her.
Vrinda : Wife of Bansi, she belongs to rich family of Gujarat. After death of Bansi, she starts working and makeovers herself.
Ba: A character which presents stereotype saas of Indian culture.
There are also minor characters like Chotu, Ramesh, Tarana, Mrs. Deshmukh, who play minor but important roles.

Writing Style: 3/5
Sita’s Curse-the language of desire is second novel of Sreemoyee Piu Kundu. Author has thrown light on the dark secrets of a woman, who seems a simple woman with no demands. Author has presented a woman’s emotions so well. Meera’s journey starts as a maiden and continues till loss of her love. Very sensitive topic of chatting on adult websites is discussed here. It is considered as sin to watch this kind of stuff, but leaving your wife’s desires unsatisfied and ignoring it, is not a sin. If she contacts a Gigolo, who satisfies her not only physically but also emotionally, than it is sin. But sending her to any Maharaj, to hide one’s impotency is not sin. This novel brings out the nakedness of Patriarchal society, where a girl is married off to a man who is quite older than her. This man is not able to satisfy her emotional as well physical. Meera’s quest for satisfaction takes her into a world, where she gets satisfaction, yet deserted by her ill fate. In some parts narration seems unnecessarily stretched and description of love making provides the base for theme of love, Erotica.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Review of "The Crossover- open heart verses"

About Author:
Sunil Sandeep is from Mysore. Sunil’s life gave him some experiences, which made him to create this poetry collection.
Writing Style: 3/5
 Whenever one has a moment of solitude and solace, one dwells into meaning of life and existence. Many scriptures can be found in various religions, describing soul’s journey during this life and afterlife. Many of the saint’s and philosophers have defined Man’s life as a journey. A quest for true meaning of life and soul. A quest for one’s real identity. In the beginning of the collection the very first poem. ‘Why’ gives the reader a short idea about the creation of this collection. The part I like the most of this poem is
‘Existence wants us to celebrate
Existence wants us to sing and dance
Like children without the barriers of knowledge’

“The Crossover” is divided in parts 1 Dreams, 2 Reality, 3 The Path. The order of the parts is also interesting one as Man lives in dreams until he faces reality due to some reason and then he starts his journey on the path, which will take to divinity.
First part of the collection is Dreams, which seems symbolising one’s ignorance and curiosity to know the unknown. One’s efforts to catch the glimpse of realty through mist and blurred visions.
Second part Reality, describes Poet’s emotions and reactions towards the realities of life, which are difficult to bear. As they are unbearable, people wishes to ignore it and live in dreams.
Third part The Path is the description of Man’s journey towards Light, the centre of existence. Part from these poems is really a touching one. The main reality of life is presented here that once man wishes to discover his existence, he has to proceed on this path alone and will have to work hard.
‘The path so light
Has to be walked alone
There are no shortcuts
And there are no maps’

Wonderful collection of poems along with sketch on other page, which highlights the theme of poem. Enjoyed each and every poem. This collection reminded me of Gitanjali of Rabindranath Tagore. A wonderful collection for those, who wishes to dive into inner side of life.
My rating for the collection is 5/5.