My Rating: 3/5 stars
About the book:
A story of revenge and redemption and deeds shaped by forces that humans believe they have defined through mythology and scriptures but still struggle to understand.
A woman employee of a retirement home is shocked to discover that a new resident is in fact the son impersonating his father. The son is seeking revenge. She, by her past actions, is unwittingly complicit in his being there and now tries to thwart his peculiar plans. A senile woman-resident and an enigmatic founder offer him sage advice. The samudra manthan (a major episode in Hindu mythology), a slightly dim secretary and a sinister boss play their part in ensuring justice is finally served but in an unexpected manner.
The novel quotes frequently from the ancient Hindu scriptures and stories that the protagonists use to justify their actions. The treatment of the elderly in society is a major theme.
It was different than what I had expected. The prologue hinted a this being a novel with a lot of mythology, ritual and stuff thrown in but before the start of first chapter, the author had already managed to get me intrigued.
After that happened, it was a matter of KEEPING me interested. I read half the book in one go, flipping pages one after the other. the story seemed to be going slow but I was hoping that was just build up. Mainly, What I liked about this book was the characters and their realism though they often kept quoting scriptures and I found that annoying.
The writing itself is quite refined but what the book lacked was a proper presentation. I kept getting confused among the timelines since it jumped so suddenly from the past to present and even a possible future. There should have been clear distinctions but there weren’t.
The book deals with some important themes of grief, anger, revenge and of course, the way elders are treated in society these days. But I did need a stronger plot or something exciting to have happened because after a while I got bored. The book got its pace and my interest back within the last few pages but I had to struggle to get there. Maybe my initial struggle at truly liking this book arose from me being an atheist and having a condemning approach towards the rituals that Bhavna supported or utter lack of knowledge about Bhrahamans. But it was not such an enjoyable experience for me to read this book. I hope it is for you.