Book: The Edge of Desire
Author: Tuhin A. Sinha
Price: Rs 275
In Shruti Rajan, our lead protagonist, we see a typical Indian woman, in beginning of the story. Shruti is aspiring to be a journalist when “love of her life” is snatched away from her. She is in for a real shock when her parents suggest an arranged marriage for her.
She goes on from being a single journalist to housewife of an IAS officer. From here, the matters escalate very quickly. Shruti Rajan is raped by a local goon and his companions. She goes on from being a housewife to an ignored raped victim like most of the victims in 1990s India. She struggles to find support but finds none; not even from one person who should have been there for her—her husband.
As if it was not enough for her world to be in turmoil, the entire nation seems to be aware of the IAS officer’s wife being raped and starts questioning her character based on statements of local goon. Through her efforts to keep herself sane, she finds the willpower to fight back with the help of Sharad Malviya. Will Shruti be able to throw off the pre-set notions about rape victims in Bihar? If so, how will she manage it? Read the story to find out.
What thrilled me in this book is that it is a man writing from the women’s point of view. Not once will you feel disconnected with the character. The story is capable of holding your attention right from page one towards the end of it. You will love it if you are a political buff as the story line mainly revolves around these plots. The character development of Shruti Rajan is simply an amazing journey in itself.
The title can be misleading. “The Edge of Desire” is nowhere closer to romance and love story as the title would have you thinking; the story, as I like to call it, is a political thriller based on must needed social and judicial reforms in the constitution of India. The incidents which take place thru the main storyline could have been more descriptive. Although a brilliant story, it could have had detailed descriptions in terms of major turning stones like the actual rape scene and election rallies.
To read or not to read:
The book is very authentic. Not once will you feel as if you are reading a story; you will actually be able to visualize how painfully ill-treated rape victims had been back then. It is definitely a must read and more amazingly so for Shruti Ranjan, whose voice you will carry with you. A la 1990’s “Draupadi” tale. I will definitely recommend this for your bookshelves.