Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review: Hidden Husband by Shikha Khanduja Kaul

There are few relationships which offer a head to tail fairy tale experience. Some are cut short by society and some by own actions. So what it takes is a combined effort to let it float in the outrage of a storm called society and its people. Author Shikha Khanduja Kaul in her book "Hidden Husband" let the lovers speak for themselves rather than others being judge of it. So has she done it with flair? Let's find out.  

Aisha is trapped in her own secret which makes her life hell. Her love for Raghav is true. But hailing from two very different cultures is the basis of their continued friction. Aisha is a Punjabi girl from Gurgaon and Raghav a Bihari from Ranchi. Raghav's family will certainly not accept a girl from outside their community. And yet, he continues giving her false hopes through his efforts and promises. And then they take a step which entangles her life further. Will she manage to come out of this quandary or must she continue to live in her self-created web? Explore her journey that makes her realize the atrocities being committed on women in the Indian society and the tough decisions she must take, keeping her most loved ones oblivious to everything happening in her life. 

First look at the title and the cover and the humor of the title comes out with that suitcase and the girl holding it. The cover image indeed is thoughtful and reminiscent of the story. The blurb talks about a girl and her plush life turned haywire with some decisions leading her on and leaving behind scars. The blurb certainly keeps the content hidden and intent on showcase for the readers. 

The story is of Aisha who has a plush HR job in a company and is single yet marriageable. But when Raghav a boy from Bihar enters her life it all but takes a great fall. Her emotions keep flickering and love blossoms till the very end result. But things are not so cushy and from there on it's a tussle between Aisha and society and her family and relatives to keep the relationship alive. But what measures will she take to keep the love safe and sound between her and Raghav? Will it last long? What role will Raghav play to give her the comforts? Will it help both of them? That's what the story is all about. 

Love has not fixed face value. For some it can be a fairy tale, for some a sapping experience and for some it becomes the test of time. It makes people adventurous and ambitious. To stay put is no where close to being a primary idea. Being jumpy in love when it comes to commitment and futuristic goals is always a sheer delight as well as plight. The book pry opens the nuances of one such relationship where temper, commitment, values and attitudes are at stake. There is no love lost yet a lot of it is lost in transit from being lovers to permanent partners. The stiff resistance of Aisha is noteworthy. The fact that she wants to turn it around for herself selfishly is indeed a marvel. Existence and sustenance too find place in the story and let the relationship run its course like a roller coaster. 

The downside of the book is its failure to put Raghav in a brighter spot. His role turns into a background artist after the initial mushy encounter and from there on his visibility is gradually lost when required. Few events towards the end have obtained a hurried shape and look very unsettled. The rush to finish the job consumes the best of the story and let mediocre vivid ideas seep in the end. Sameer's character too finds no luck neither he appeals the story and reflects on the outcome substantially. 

All in all with the book offering helplessness which is more of a realistic story with every second girl or a boy it latches on to the approach perfectly. Love story sticks to the old ideas failing to offer any new perspective but the hiccups are rather an eye opener for every relationship to last long. A story with well defined and vivid ideas about love in our society and destructive and constructive attitude of people towards it. A chuckling yet serious affair. 


3 OUT OF 5 

No comments:

Post a Comment