Monday, 26 June 2017

BOOK REVIEW - “SHRAYAN BY ABHA IYENGAR”




​ Inadvertently I am the one who enjoys reading romance more than any genre for that matter when it comes to reading.

We all have a hidden place within ourselves, the place of longing and of escape from the dissatisfactions of life. However, is it that easy as it might sounds

The story revolves around Shrayan, a dweller of the underground finds his first friends in snakes and Sapera and discovers dance, which gives him strength and solace throughout his life. Sapera’s brother Vishwasghat murders him and sells Shrayan like an animal. Fate rescues him and he reaches a school. This is where he discovers beauty and love for the first time. He learns Kshatriyam, a martial arts dance form, and he learns to read and write. However, due to certain unfortunate circumstances, he is forced to run away and he battles with his own bestiality. Eventually, he reaches a place where he finds food, shelter and a job with a baba and his hunchback companion. But will this last or will Life continue to test him?

Shrayan has hooves and fur, but speaks, walks, eats and dances like a human. He reaches the fantastical land of happiness, where he meets Nordic beauties, snake-dragon women and a giant named Trishna, which means hunger. Iyengar brings in Indian arts, in Kshatriyam, mythology, in the dance drama unfolding the love story between Krishna and Rukmini, philosophy, in conversations Shrayan has with Lotus, Madeira and Manila, and Indian culture, in kundalini.  Indeed the climax was quite interesting with twists and turns as they unfold. For that, you need to read this book.

Now my Positive viewpoints:

The positives of the story are the narrative is conversational and engaging and lots of unexpected plot turns and character appearances keep the reader immersed. Love takes innumerable shapes and so does sexuality. Fatherhood recurs in the many relationships that are formed and lost. Most of the characters are unvoiced and multifaceted with histories, strengths, and failings.
Some suggestive points:
Although the narration of the story is good but in my opinion, the explicit descriptions went over the top. However, I was not convinced by several actions of the characters in the book. At times, it felt that they were maneuvered to satisfy what authoress want to state. Though sometimes it is hard to connect with any character. Still, they are plain and monotonous characters who don’t have a life.

Final words:


Overall if asked I would say this is a good job done by the authoress, the book has got great imagination context. Overall I would say...this is good job done by Authoress (Abha Iyengar) … I would give 3 stars to this book.

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