This weekend has been a little, a tiny-miny little, kind to me with not much to do except household chores and other family matters! So sneaked out some time to read books which were lying on my table.
The book I read and am here to review is titled “In Love and Free” by Jagdish Joghee.
Shruthi has everything going in her life with great education, incredible romance, a wonderful husband, and two adorable kids. There is plenty of laughter, joy, and love in the cosy nest that Shruthi has carefully built.
All is well till that fateful Diwali day when passion gets the better of reason. One momentary lapse threatens to uproot the entire foundation of her beautiful life. The stakes are too high as Shruthi runs the risk of being abandoned by her husband and losing her children too.
And there is no one to blame but herself.
Caught in a cesspool of blackmail, ransom, revenge and remorse, Shruthi is on the brink of collapse. She can run but cannot hide.
The story is about a young Indian woman, her perfect life till she makes one blunder and ends up in a crisis. The story moves at a fast pace and describes the situations the female protagonist faces until she emerges out of it. It questions the society over polygamy, the “one-man/one-woman” terms, the concept of marriage and love. It keeps you thinking what is love and lust, what is right and wrong, what is forgivable and what isn’t! Lot of questions!
The story moves too fast, due to which the characters aren’t well defined. As pages turn, you learn new things about the character, which weren’t given earlier. The characters seem hazy and the story keeps fluctuating between past and present. Many books do manage to pull it out well, but I wouldn’t say the same for this. A good story with a little more details and sensitivity, would have made it become better. Finally as the book ends, it’s like a masala Indian Bollywood film coming down with its credits!
Infidelity, passion, love, lust, deception, pain and struggle, if those are what you’re looking for in a book to read, then go ahead and enjoy the book!