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A Cage of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra – Book Review

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Book Blurb

‘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 . . .

Shuchi Singh Kalra

A Cage Of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra – My Review

For some reason, Renu does not come across to me as a victim. Instead I admired her from the start for her dedication towards her family (even in the face of unpleasant challenges) and for her poise to find a sink for her pent up emotions by way of writing. Renu turning into an alter-ego in the wee hours of night when at liberty to be herself is not a sign of her weakness. I would rather view it as her strength that keeps her afloat and even swimming through turbulent waters.

That she decided to cheat her husband in the face of a forbidden temptation is a life choice that she made. Why blame the husband alone for infidelity, when it is both Renu and Dev, her husband who fall prey to a well-planned intervention.

As a modern day reader, I am privy to an extra marital affair between a young man in his early thirties and a much older lady. I may not completely approve of it, but I know things like this happen in the world around us. Yet, Renu aka Maya loosing herself so bad over a man who is from the start out of her bounds, is a little perplexing. Yet again, as they say that matters of heart are the most dangerous because they are absolutely unpredictable. Attractions turn adventurous, and adventures then become habits that are difficult to break from. The plot though has left a blind spot on the possibility where if Arjun would have been loyal to her, what would have Renu done then? What future did she foresee for both of them, when she crossed the boundaries of her marriage? I find no answers to these questions, yet completely feel the gasps of a person in love who is drowning by every minute. Author Shuchi Singh Kalra has done a fabulous job of depicting Renu’s helplessness on realizing that the bliss that she found in Arjun was a façade.

The entire plot revolves around whether a mother of two teenaged (well one teenager and the other two years short of teens) kids, who is in an unhappy marriage stuck in the web of marital responsibilities has it in her to break free from the conventional, stand up for her cherished secret identity and come out in the open.  It clearly took Renu, ‘a dead marriage and an affair gone wrong’ to take that one life-turning call, from where she has a chance to rise from the ashes.

I was hooked to the plot from the beginning and did not put it down until I had finished it. The filmy twists and turns of the narrative are nothing short of a blockbuster. The language is splendid and is depictive of the fact that Shuchi Singh Kalra has a way with words. The explicit graphical narratives are sure to take you on a passion ride.

‘A Cage of Desires’ leaves me hopeful and dreamy about love and passion finding way into one’s life at any stage of life.  Every soul really is a cage of desires; desires that seek love, passion and above all peace and companionship.

P.S. – About the pertinent question raised in the book, about women finding their voice and identity to stand up for themselves, I would like to say that it’s just a matter of choice. You gotta lose some to win some. In this big bad selfish world, you really can’t have it all.

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shalzmojo June 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Whoa that is a powerful review Anupriya…. Totally loved it and I am rooting for you to win the prize now.

Anupriya June 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Shalz, you are being kind. And thanks for your appreciation. You know it means a lot

Jhilmil D Saha June 19, 2018 at 11:38 am

The plot of the story sounds quite interesting. Its more or less about the complexities in urban relationships, including unhappy marriages and infidelities.

Mahati ramya adivishnu June 19, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Nice review Anupriya. I like stories like this which are relatable and explore the complex relationships and problems.

Anamika Agnihotri June 19, 2018 at 6:26 pm

I have read the elaborate review of this book on Shalini’s blog. The one aspect I liked about you exploring is the pertinent question of how the events would have turned if Arjun were to be serious and had stayed back. Too much of complications, I guess then.
What I got from your review is this book doesn’t take up a moral stand against Renu, which is a good thing.

Nehal Roy June 20, 2018 at 12:28 am

What a wonderful and interesting article you shared. Loved reading it. #SlimTurns3

Kinshoo June 20, 2018 at 11:57 am

Seems to be bold book about woman’s dilemma and fight to find her self. Great review

Geethica Mehra June 20, 2018 at 3:34 pm

This book seems to be really interesting. And your review makes it worth buying. Thank you for linking up.

Miss Harshala June 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Such a nice review. Surely going to add this book in my TBR list. Loved the plot of the story.

Pooja Kawatra June 20, 2018 at 9:06 pm

You are making me read this book and can be one of those read before hitting the bed. Love the plot this story has got there.

Rhea June 21, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Sounds like a nice read, will try to get it on my kindle. Thanks for the review.

zainab June 24, 2018 at 1:38 am

That is a great review Anupriya, the plot sounds very engrossing . Thanks for taking part in #Slimturns3

Amitoj Kaur June 25, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Wow… I am really impressed with the way you have written this review.. I am looking forward to read this book.. Thanks for sharing!!!

Vartika Gakhar June 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm

seems to be an interesting read, Anupriya!

Vidhi Duggal June 30, 2018 at 9:02 pm

You have given such a detailed review of the book. It definitely seems to be worth reading.

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