BOOK REVIEW: An Autograph for Anjali
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
Publisher: Flaming Sun
Released in 2016
Genre: Romance with a touch of suspense
Rating: Four stars
Birdie love…not just an intro
A little red birdie tweaks its beak and tweeting knock knock, book review and thrust the book on my lap before flying. A world of wonder!! Suffering from color blues? Day dreaming…since when twee bird gets red-skinned!! Aha!! It’s Sundari Venkatraman book’s An Autograph for Anjali. This trip means anything can turn into romance…super cool dude Arjun, a writer with passionate fire in belly Parth, dreamer Anjali, and guy missing the cue Jayant.
I gotta be serious for you are on a bold and mature trip of love, romance, harnessed ego and of course, the autograph for Anjali. You thought murder thriller? You are in for a more colorful trip for the queen bee of romance cooks a storm and shuffles her cards. She gets as bold as she can. Experimenting is thy name in Sundari Venkatraman’s world, taking us on a thrilling ride to redefine romance the mature way and unconditional love as her lady character jumps…not the bed dearies, from being subdued…no abla nari to super confident. A trip worth more than Rs 100 crores raked in by Yashraj Films not so delectable romance. I twirl my Frenchie Frenchie cut and fluidity in my head harping that I gotta be serious with this review.
Let’s pretend to be serious: An Autograph for Anjali is the kind of book that wears no cloak of pretension yet it’s unique, delicious, bold and expresses human emotions in a sensitive manner. The author raises the bar a notch higher and sets a standard in story writing. It’s not uncool to experiment and drifting away from teenage love for tick tock of the heart has no age and can happen anytime to anyone and anywhere. Brace yourself for this magnificent trip to heavenly bliss. The book is a journey into a life that squeezes your lemons but makes roses with them.
Blurbie blurbie blurb
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 neighbor 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.
An autograph for Anjali is a thrilling mature romance that gently taps on sexism, patriarchy and exploring characters distinct from each other. The way Sundari Venkatraman has built the suspense and sketching nuances depicting the world of Parth, Anjali and Arjun makes it a killer story. She nails the story at every end and gives a new edge and twist to showcase her mark of kick ass writing.
She beautifully explores pain where Anjali explores her identity as a woman and a human being first than being cowed down. What we make of life as human beings with desires, deeply embedded wishes and passion? She answers with the dreaded L for Lust that scares us to death and more acerbic feeling than our shadowy image that we abhor.
“I am scared of myself, of this powerful feeling of…of…lust I have for you.”
The treatment of the subject be it murder, romance, relationship and suspense are done with the minutest details to the hilt. In Anjali’s world, you have everything: A caring son, loyal friend, sensitive women in quest of freedom, clueless bimbo and ruthlessly egoistic cum shrewd businessman. For instance, the clash between Anjali and Jayant on one side and the bond the former shares with her son Arjun makes An Autograph for Anjali a compelling read.
An Autograph for Anjali makes a very important statement through the depiction of her characters in a subtly powerful manner. However, the not-so-naughty reviewer in me scans and get in the loop for so-so moments. I feel that more drama could have been added to nail the culprit, making them go mad in finding her. But that’s me. It trickles down to the author’s creative liberty. As long as I am entertained and adorned with suspense words, who cares!!
Naughty! Naughty!! Author:
In An Autograph for Anjali, Sundari Venkatraman gets naughtier and takes boldness to the next level towards the climax. Her latest offering is not only entertaining and engrossing but weaves something completely different from her earlier books. The sky is the limit in terms of content and this time it gets more exciting on a grand scale. Have you found the autograph for Anjali? I am still searching for it but will give you a clue…If you ever find it, to whisper to my ears. The address?! It’s too private. Fasten your seat belt and zoom on Amazon.