‘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 – 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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