An author makes an impression with their first book, or the first book a reader reads from them. And it creates an expectation from the second book that is read from that author. I read Sita’s Curse, Sreemoyee’s earlier novel, and was quite impressed with that one. It is for that reason that I chose to take this book for reading.
Once past the college life, we’re said to be entering the ‘real world’. In a way, that is true. Even in college, we’d have retained some semblance of childhood, when in reality we’re well on our way to that ‘real world’. For anyone in the corporate/professional world, the first order of business would be getting a boss, I suppose. That’s a change we’re to embrace. Up until then, we did not have anyone telling us what to do (parents don’t count) and we were headed somewhere, not led somewhere. Through the corporate/professional life, the bosses keep changing. As the author himself says in the early parts of this book, there’s even a chance that we imbibe some of his/her qualities. For one who keeps shifting between different companies, there’d be an idea of what the boss is like. Through this book, Sibichen introduces the reader to many kinds of bosses.
‘That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.’
At times, there’s nothing more relaxing than traveling. The heart gets tired of seeing the same things over and over again, and wishes to explore the unseen, hear the unheard and experience something new. Someone who is stuck in the city for most days of the week may prefer to venture out of it, and seek the sounds of nature, or the calmness of a village. Of course, there are occasions where one would seek out the warmth and familiarity of an old, treasured memory.
Thrillers are wonderful to read because they have this ability to hold you from the first page to last by keeping you on the edge of your seat. Add a genre to this genre, and it sometimes dilutes that effect. Political thrillers add a drama quotient to that thrill, and if written well, bring realism to the story as well. Surpanakha uses a tension between the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as its background and weaves a tale that is quite engaging.