‘Rich people have it all easy’,’Money and Fame bring happiness’,’A marriage is sealed, after one successfully overcomes the ‘seven year itch’- are facts which we hear people around us repeating at length.But are these facts-truth or myth? ‘An Autograph for Anjali’ by Sundari Venkatraman is an attempt to dwell into all these presumptions to bring out the ‘actualities’. This book was sent by ‘The Book Club’ in exchange for an honest review,which is as follows:
A Realisation of Self-Worth
The book cover is apt and suits the story . The relevance of the letters ‘PB’ on the cover forms the crux of the story. Also,the blurb gives a glimpse into what to expect from the book :
“Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?
Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.
Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer? Will Anjali find happiness and peace?”
The story starts with the crime scene at a posh Mumbai locality wherein Jayant is found murdered in his own house but his wife Anjali is unaware of the happenings till the servant of the house discovers the murdered body of Jayant.The events that follow bring out the harsh reality of relationships when it comes to property,in face of a death in the family. How and why Jayanth is murdered forms the rest of the story.
The language used in the book is simple and colloquial.The character of Anjali is a personification of perseverance supported aptly by Parth and Arjun. Coincidentally, the names ‘Parth’ and ‘Arjun’ mean the same- ‘A person who never misses his target’ and in the story too, both Parth and Arjun strive towards Anjali’s happiness and her relevance.The characterisation of Parth and Arjun are similar and interesting.The transformation of Anjali as the story unfolds is encouraging and justifiable.
Even though the blurb promises the book to be a romantic thriller,unfortunately it falls short of a gripping read as a reader can very well guess the identity of the murderer as the story progresses.The introduction of a detective sadly turns a drub. The word ‘blanched’ has been over used to express the same emotions, so much so that I wished the book could have had some better editorial work.
However, the writer should be lauded for taking up a sensitive subject like ‘marriage and adultery’ and justifying the decisions taken by the characters with her wonderful narrative. Aspects of depression and loneliness experienced by women due to negligence shown by family members , have been dealt with utmost care and sensitivity.
The story sends out a strong message that it does not matter for how many years a Woman has been part of the institution called ‘Marriage’, she can walk out of it if she feels that her identity is being threatened.This applies to Women from rich families too,because money and fame isn’t always the means to happiness.Love and Affection triumphs above everything at the end! Go for this book this weekend, for a quick and relaxed read..
I give this book a rating of 3 / 5 !
Title : An Autograph for Anjali
Author : Sundari Venkatraman
Publishers : Flaming Sun
Version : Kindle edition
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).
2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.
An Autograph for Anjali, a romance with a touch of suspense, is also a self-published novel. Going a step further, the author has published the paperback version through Notion Press.