The Other End of the Corridor- Book Review

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Title : The Other End of the Corridor
Author: Sujata Rajpal
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers
Genre: Fiction

THE BOOK

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When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor

Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight.
She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations.

Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger.

In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again…
No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.

Where does this journey take her?

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

Story-line: Interesting and different from the usual books belonging to the romance genre/ books on societal realties, ‘The Other End of the Corridor’ is not all about chasing one’s dreams. It is also not all about lies and deceit. Instead the author has cleverly woven the life of the hapless girl child forced into marriage at a young age, the crushing of her dreams and the apathy towards her state both at home and outside. There is all that’s anti-girl, anti- woman portrayed here like gender bias, domestic violence and the blame- game inflicted by society on the victim of rape and molestation.

The protagonist, a simple and dreamy girl wishes to soar high and make a career, a life of her own but that’s not to be. Her wings are clipped even before she can prepare to take-off. She finds herself tied down by a loveless marriage that offers her nothing but pain. But even in the face of adversity her eyes search for a glimmer of hope at the end of the dark tunnel only to be disappointed. She lives each day believing that tomorrow will spell a change only to be disappointed.

Her patience tested to breaking point, she finally decides to walk to the other end of the corridor though it’s fraught with obstacles. Does she make it or does she stumble and fall down? To know that one must read the book.

The story has its fair measure of twists and turns but there are also several such instances that one can foresee much before they unfold.

All-in-all, there was times I felt let down, especially when the protagonist kept on pinning for the man of her dreams not only to be let down once but again and again. It felt demeaning and I couldn’t help feel angry with her. I wished she knew how to keep her spine erect. In fact that’s where the author wins. She is able to involve the reader totally.

Characterization: The characters especially that of the protagonist Leela and S.J.Venkataraman aka Jai are well- developed. Yes, a little more work on Leela’s husband’s character would have added value to the book. We know so little of him and his mental state that it’s not easy to comprehend his treatment of Leela.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

Pace: Slow at first but gradually picked up only to rush through the end.

THE VERDICT

A simple and interesting read one that each Indian reader can easily relate to, I give the book 3 on a scale of 5.

 


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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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