- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Authors' Ink Publications; 1ST edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385137077
- ISBN-13: 978-9385137075
- Package Dimensions: 20.2 x 13 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,75,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maya's New Husband
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In the suburbs of Mumbai, the atmosphere is grim. There is an evil shadow lurking around staling and snatching able -bodied people. The hapless victims are never found again,their bodily traces lost forever in the unknown reaches of the city. In the midst of this is Maya Bhargava, a schoolteacher with a troublesome past. Her career looks promising though.She is learning to pick the broken pieces of her heart and move on. While still trying to cope, love comes her way. It comes most unexpectedly, from a man named Bhaskar Sadachari, who is despised and even feared for his weird ways. The sensible Maya has her head in the right place,but it is her heart that refuses to pay. She chooses the new husband. And the horror begins to unfold.
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Very well written and the author takes the reader to a different world. If you think that you don’t believe in ghosts, then let me warn you all that kindly keep a hanuman Chalisa/ cross sign near you.
The novel give explanation the existence of an agori and how they live their life; the monster within them, how they consume, how the animal in the form of a man would fulfil the sexual desire, and their mentality about how they are right, is written very well. The story is horrifying as when you turn the pages one after other you can see the whole seen in front of eyes/ deep in your head. I suggest readers must read this novel at night alone.
The book starts off in a normal school, and slowly takes off to the agori world and the transition. Keep a glass of cold water near you, as you will surely need it time to time.
The language of the novel is perfect. You will feel as if someone is narrating a true story to you and you can’t skip even one moment of that.
I loved it.
The cover page of the book is so enticing, the black coloured background and the lady with vermillion being disseminated on her forehead, perfectly justifies the main theme of the novel. D’Silva has portrayed the characters of Maya and his animalistic husband in a flawless manner as the book has been divided in four parts and each part of the book unearths upcoming horrendous elements that makes the story fetching. Maya’s weird love and lust for Bhaskar Sadachari despite his ugliness flabbergasts and frightens readers at the same time and makes mull over the ‘What’s the next?’ factor, that makes novel one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. I find Maya’s mother, Anuradha, the wisest character of the book whose motherly concern has been pictured deliberately and affectionately. The book is well defined and comprises of few characters and each contributing to the value of book, being protagonist to school peon.
The story line showcases the mythical Aghori world and the rituals practised by Lord Shiva’s devotees, it is engrossed with the cannibalistic activities and rituals practised by them. The mythical touch to the Indian culture and the use of hindi words such as “vasna”, “mangalsutra” and “sindoor” etc. at some places makes it more appalling. The narration involves cutting of hearts, bone and flesh, hurtful marks carved by brass knuckles into thigh, and the description of awful rodents making way into body parts sends shivers down the spine.
For example, an excerpt from the book:
“With a mixed expression of anger and dejection, the man raised his other hand and flicked the creature with his long fingers; and it flew away with a sharp squeak, right into the pan.
Then he laughed as he saw the rat struggling in the midst of the frying meat, squeaking its last squeaks, which grew more and more painful as they increased, until it could squeak no more.
Will add flavor to the meal, he mumbled to himself.”
“She looked closely at whatever remained of the face. One eye had already been eaten, a yellow slushy substance oozing out of the sockets, while the other eye was open and stared at her. One cheek had been torn, exposing the grotesque arrangement of the mandibles and teeth underneath. A rat was still gnawing at the pharynx, slowly nibbling at it, trying to pull it away from the throat of the unfortunate person.”
As quoted, the writing style is fresh, dreadful yet mind-boggling which makes us love and detest the things simultaneously. In terms of language, book is easily understandable but acquaints with a great plethora of words. The author has plotted incidents in such a magnetic manner that I felt hooked to the book till the end, either it be Bhaskar’s villainous demeanor or Maya’s chivalry.
The plot and story line doesn’t follow the vague ideas of invisible ghosts or shadows hidden behind the walls but gives an insight into the deviltry of humans itself in correspondence to Indian culture. Being a bibliophile, the book took me to a roller-coaster ride. It’s a must read for a horror genre lover and may be a hard read for people with feeble hearts, yet I’ll advise to pick, because it’s surely an unputdownable book once you start reading.
Title- The title of the book is apt as it perfect suits the theme, Maya’s New Husband and the whole story revolves around Bhaskar, Maya’s New Husband.
Plot- The plot is crisp and well constructed. This is a story of Maya who happens to be a science teacher and how she deals with her life after she lose her husband, Samar. Things began to change when she comes across Bhaskar Sadachari, fine arts teacher. There is something wierd about him wish makes others hate him. When these began to spend time, they fall for each other and ends up marrying her. The story proceeds when Bhaskar’s intentions come forward in the chapters.
Theme- There is a theme of love and passion between Bhaskar and Maya. At some point it makes the readers think that one should just love a person and not look at their physical appearance.
The major theme is of Aghoris who eat flesh of humans which is the turning point of the novel and how others become the victims of this practise.
The other theme is of a Matriachal society. Maya lived with her sister and her mother. They were typical Maharashtrians and her mother was the woman of the house, all the decisions depended on her approval.
A minor theme of friendship could be noticed between Padma and Maya. They were inseparable and Juno swans. They used to gossip, shared food and many things. They both adored each other and could go to any extend to help each other. Padma was a confidante to Maya and was very much concerned about her. She even sacrficed her life for her sake whereas Maya could go to any extend to find the culprit behind her abduction and death.
Characterisation- The author’s characters are his best part of his creativity. The way the author has crafted Maya’s character is enthralling. I feel it was difficult to depict Bhaskar’s character who is the antagonist of this book. Its hard to show such an evil and heartless character. I salute Neil sir for bringing such character in light which we all wish to never see again and coming to Maya, all fell in love with her instantly.
Style- The author has used impersonal description and third person narrative. The language of the novel was not so complicated. It was understandable. It even had some typical hindi Indian words like ‘sindoor’ while the mention of their meanings could be seen at the end of the book. Even a non Indian could understand these terms after looking at the glossary. Not only this, but the author has used variety of sentences which makes the book attractive. Yes, there were so many new words and even there were no typing or editing errors which actually brought a broad smile on my face.
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