A book that reveals every form of sin and corruption that exists in India!

Posted: May 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The Edge of Desire

Young, modern book lover Anjana Vasan reviews it in the first of a series of reviews

Anyone who knows me would know that I don’t read much of Indian writing, not because I have something against it (which obviously, I don’t) but more because I can’t relate to the writing style. However, after reading the synopsis, I started reading The Edge Of Desire, not just with an open mind but also with a lot of interest because the plot seemed to be deep and powerful.

Let me begin with this – Tuhin Sinha’s writing is nothing like the stuff I’ve read before by Indian writers. It’s simple and concise and sometimes, that makes for the best kind of story telling, like it does this book. His to-the-point writing style gave the protagonist – ShrutiRanjan – ‘s voice an added strength that leads you to both understand and admire her.

Shruti is an ex-journalist from Delhi who, after finding her boyfriend in bed with her best friend, moves back to her hometown to live with her parents. Due constant pressure from her parents, Shruti caves in and agrees to an arranged marriage to Rohit, Deputy Commissioner of Kishanganj; a town in Bihar that’s not ruled by the Government but instead thugs, with the local government authorities helping them. This marriage and move leads to the most traumatic event of Shruti’s life, one that eventually ends in her taking a completely different direction/journey than the one she imagined.

The Edge of Desire is a book that explores almost every form of sin and corruption that exists in India and it’s legal system. I’m from India and I’ve lived in my own protected bubble but even I know that politics can get down right dirty in my country and it’s best to stay clear of it.

I can’t put my thoughts completely in words about this book.

The Edge of Desire I felt a whole range of emotions – sadness, anger, frustration, more anger, betrayal and anger again. The sad thing is, you read about things like this in the paper all the time and you feel sorry for the girl – someone you don’t know -and that’s it. That’s as far as you feel about these issues but when you read a book, it’s a completely different experience. You get to know the character, understand her and feel a sense of loyalty. That makes reading/hearing/seeing the things happen from her point of view somuch harder to deal with. Well, at least, it’s what happened to me while reading this.

With The Edge Of Desire, Tuhin Sinha has created vivid characters and a violet, powerful plot that will definitely affect all its readers. I should warn you, it’s not for the faint of heart because the author isn’t afraid to get to the dark and gritty places and that’s what makes it literally un-put-downable. I actually felt pained when I read about what was happening to Shruti. There were characters I absolutely hated but I have to hand it to the author for evoking such strong emotions in me just through his words.

If you think you can handle it, get yourself a copy of The Edge of Desire right away!

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