Author– Shuchi Singh Kalra
Book– A Cage Of Desires
Publishers– Penguin Publishers
Number of Pages– 219
‘There’s a kind of love that makes you go down on one knee, and there’s the kind that brings you down on both. You don’t need the latter, because no matter what you do, you cannot make anyone love you back.’
Renu had always craved love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books.
What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined?
Renu’s thirst for love and longing takes her on a poignant journey of self-exploration. The answers come to her when she finds the courage to stand up for herself, to fight her inner demons and free herself from the cage of desires
A cage Of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra, is the kind of book that screams to be judged by its cover. Featuring a woman, adorned in a saree, the cover reminds me of Renu.
A thing that I really loved about this book, the way the character Renu is. She wasn’t one of those helpless women that we usually see in the books where a woman is charmed by a man. She was just abide by her circumstances and relations, she turned fierce when she had to make decisions for her future. Maya was the kind of person Renu always wanted to be, and somehow that helped her open up the cage she was trapped in.
The book paints an honest picture about the hypocrisy in Indians. The way they would drool over the sensuous writings of some other woman, than ever allow someone from their own household to even touch those books. It also threw the light on, how much of a hypocrite Renu’s husband was, to love a woman, just because she claimed to be someone she is not, even I he had a wife and kids to tend to.
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The book is about a woman’s desire to break barriers and be something she was capable of, and surely its somewhat of an inspiration, as Renu did not let anyone stop her, when she knew that things were beyond repair.
The book is written in an easy yet sophisticated fashion, making it clear that the author Shuchi singh Kalra, has a mastery over the art.
There are several sensous scenes in the book, but they are both beautifully written and gracefully described, to make the reader be in sync with all the emotions the characters go through. The readers knew how Renu felt, so that the decisions she made, they would know that they are last resort, which was a brilliant choice to do, as they cannot doubt it Renu did the right thing or the wrong.
The title of the book, is definitely something the plot speaks of, as the title is about the cage of desires that Renu had been thrust into, the cage to have a family, the desire to be loved by her husband, which made her to take care of a nagging father-in-law, who’s major pleasures in life was making her life difficult.
The blurb for this book is amazing, it has a balanced amount of information and is intriguing enough to make something wish to read it further. It also sports a quote, that would touch the heart of everyone who has ever been in that place.
Cover- 4.5 star
Title- 4 star
Blurb- 4.5 star
Plot- 3.5 star
Writing and Presentation- 4 star
Overall- 4.1 stars out of 5
*This part contains spoilers, proceed, only if you wouldn’t blame me ever for spoiling your fun*
The plot felt a bit lagging behind, in terms with the other aspects of the book, as there were at times, no explanation for things happening before or later. For example, Kamini tried to get to Renu’s husband, but there was no good explanation for how that would have helped her in the first place. Renu’s response to her husband’s infidelity, was too bland, I expected more emotion from her. It was never said why Ravenhouse Publishers were in loss, if Maya’s books were doing really great in the market.
Reviewed by- Banaja Prakashini
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Shuchi Singh Kalra is the Amazon bestselling author of two novels-Done with Men and I’m Big. So What!? Her short stories have appeared in Love across Borders, Stories for Your Valentine and NAW Anthology 2013. In her freelancing career of over a decade, Shuchi has written for major print and online publications such as Femina, Good Housekeeping, Hotelier International, Huffington Post and Home Review, among others. She has also been listed among the top women authors to follow on Twitter.