Friday, November 13, 2009

Something and anything to write...

Ahoy there! It's been sometime since I posted something worthwhile. So, am back from a relatively lengthy hiatus. Over the last few days, I got an opportunity to read a recent novel by a renowned author. So far the story is relatively entertaining as it's about the love and subsequent marriage of a couple well to be more specific a Tamilian girl and a Punjabi boy. Well, the book says it's his story (not sure of the authenticity though). No! No! I am not going to give a review or tell the story in a nut shell, but instead wanted to write down about certain things which didn't go well with me.

The story starts with the couple's meeting in the most prestigious B-School and slowly depicts the sequence of events that bring them closer to each other. Within the first few pages itself the main protagonists fall for each other and they make out in hostel rooms, start living together and passing notes about yearning for physical proximity etc. I never had problems of reading such stuff, mostly thanks to our Indian movies which has progressed by leaps and bounds as far as such intimate scenes are concerned. But, the thing that stood out odd for me was the fact that the writer proclaims that he wants to become a famous writer, even though he is from 2 prestigious institution (one the #1 in technical stream and the other the #1 in business stream) and the reason he quotes for that is to become famous and also to do "something good".
I haven't read this novel completely, but have read his previous novel which also had decent share of making out with his girl friend in the professor's place. Whilst I understand that these things do happen with nowadays youth and he has not exaggerated but then he could have avoided mentioning so blatantly as if he justifies it's all correct and the society has to come to terms with it. I feel this definitely depicts the youth in a bad taste and in some sense even misguides the readers that you can do anything as long as you're serious about the relationship. One good thing is that he never describes these in detail. That's something for "doing something good as a writer". I felt the author could have just avoided mentioning about the intimate part but also understand the book has to sell...

To me it was so odd more for the fact that all through his books I find a subtle superiority complex from the male protagonist that he is from prestigious institution and he always has a opinion on everything which pretty much he thinks is the right thought. Also, in this particular story he writes about his girl (later his wife) as the very outward, modern girl yet sensitive and emotional about her needs and comforts. She doesn't think twice before asking for Non veg food (though she is from so called purest of purest veg caste as claimed by her) and asks for beer, smoke and of course pre marital sex. While the guy, though has all flaws like any average guy is portrayed as sensible, understanding, very frank yet dignified types. One classic example is about him telling the female protagonist about his craving to kiss her when they study in her room, and then the girl also develops a liking and kisses him.
Definitely my intention is not about saying the author has no taste or quality in his writing, in fact I am enjoying this novel for the humour in it and the way he has narrated nice and smooth. Even his previous works are really good ones. And, yes I like all his works. This is just a blister on an otherwise impeccable face. Probably it's just me thinking this way, whatever I thought... I would speak my mind here...
And, on a totally different note the fact that prestigious institution allowing guys in girl's hostel or girl's into guy's hostel is something which I would definitely not agree as a normal thing. I wish the management takes a re-look into such rules. This is not after reading the story but certain personal experiences and worries I have come across from my friends circle.

Well, blame it on my age or south Indian conservatism or even so called tamilian thanmanam (my version of Marathi Manoos). Honestly, none of these are the reason, just wanted to bring something that came to my mind. Your thoughts are welcome and this is just my opinion may not be the popular one :-)

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Updated on 14 Nov
I completed the story and i liked it so much. I am more convinced on my statement that it would have been a sure shot bestseller even without those masala stuff as well. Nevertheless, good one. Kudos to the Author. :-)


Srivats said...

Majavana post for friday LOL

Ok i know what novel u are talking about and the author :) I too agree most of your thoughts although I havent read the " new" one , I got the review and story line :P

//I never had problems of reading such stuff, mostly thanks to our Indian movies which has progressed by leaps and bounds as far as such intimate scenes are concerned.//

LOL even otherwise I hope u dont have problems in reading such stuff :)

//Well, blame it on my age or south Indian conservatism //

Hello kannu eppo padikkama epoda padikka porey LOL :)

Srivats said...

hurrey naan dhaan firsta!

Chan said...

@ Srivats, S u r the first!

Padikka nalla dhan irukku, but i like his writing skills and his intellectual types, probably because of that i felt he has more social responsibility than writing books with masala for selling. My point was even without mentioning these also it wud be a best seller no doubt. This is not just for this books even in my previous posts on the reality shows i had mentioned on similar lines.

Swetha Guptha said...

Hey wat a coincidence...even I am reading the same novel. haven't completed it though! Even I have a mixed feeling. Esp parts where he criticizes Chennai, but as the novel progresses, his words reveal a liking for the place. His humor is exceptional! He could have avoided a few things..esp when we know who the characters are.

Chan said...

@Shwetha, Gud story. I liked the humor part too. Certain things should hv been avoided. Not sure if his wife liked certain parts abt her as described in the book :-P

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