Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Deliberate Sinner by Bhaavna Arora: A Review

Blurb:Is there an acid test to gauge the success of a relationship?
Is it right to carry on in an unhealthy relationship with no conjugal bliss, or look for an alternate path?
Rihana is an adventurous and free-spirited girl, until she marries Veer, an eligible bachelor who comes from a wealthy family. While they appear 'happily married', their strong personalities are at odds. Veer, for the most part, is insensitive to Rihana's physical and emotional needs, straining the relationship and leaving her feeling incomplete.
 Caught between the devil and the deep sea, Rihana has to now decide whether to walk out of her marriage and be a victim of society's ridicule or compromise on her physical needs, which for her are the foundation for a healthy marital bond.
Can they work out their differences? Will Veer give her what she desires or push her to do something desperate and scandalous?

Verdict: ‘The Deliberate Sinner’ is the debut novel of Bhaavna Arora, which talks about a very controversial topic of our society. How women are made to hang on to the marriage for the sake of the society even if she doesn’t get the much needed mental, emotional and sexual satisfaction.

The name and the cover is enough to turn heads of the readers and after reading the blurb this book will be an easy choice for readers. The lady on the cover standing with a ring on her hand perfectly states that there is a marriage which is not working but still she has to hang on that. Kudos to the designer.

The book starts with the female protagonist Rihana finding tough to gulp down the fact that her ‘best man’, her grandfather is taking his last breath. Soon the story picks speed and moves on to show how the world around Rihana changes. After reading few initial chapters’ readers might judge this book as an erotica but the story has a lot to offer at the second half of the book. The author has very efficiently portrayed the condition a girl has to face from her society concerned parents, spineless love and over possessive uncaring husband. Not only men but the women also need to be satisfied on the bed, to make a marriage going, is one of the main message of the story. But I felt the story a bit short and end a bit anticipated. The story contains a controversial but true message but can be decorated in a better way.

The narrating style is simple. The author has the special quality to describe those love making scene in a delicate way which will make readers visualize every part of the scene. Few punctuation errors are spotted which make readers confused where the conversation ends and where the narration starts. Keeping in mind that this is the work of a debut writer I would like to say that this is a brave and appreciable effort.

Final Words: This story contains a very strong message towards the conditions of a woman in our society, told in a different way. A must read book for everyone from men to women.

Title: The Deliberate Sinner
Author: Bhaavna Arora
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Page Count: 148
My Rating: 3.75/5

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