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The book opens with a bang. You are intrigued, petrified and agog as you read A Secret in Their Closet, the story of ten-year old Payal, her nightmares, and the sordid tale behind it all. There is a glimpse of the paranormal and a frightening insight into what people will do to escape the repercussions of their actions. Beware of the consequences if you read this story at night!
Betrayal: The title cues the violent emotions that animate the story – rage, jealousy and cruelty. Rubina tells the story from the point of view of Sudesh who is abusive towards everyone: his sister, his mother, his brother Harsh and his porcelain doll of a wife, Shweta. Like his father before him, he believes that a woman’s duty is ‘for serving in the kitchen during the day and warming the bed at night’. Rubina takes us on a searing journey and ends it on a stunning note. Hold your breath, reader!
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The template of the story, or the characters, follows a lot of modern Indian fiction about young adults. Young protagonist with a mundane day-job, larger than life rebel friend(s) of the protagonist, an unattainable lead lady, you get the drift. However, the outlandish nature of the plot and the constant curve-balls thrown at the reader invert the setting and make for a pleasant read.
The one thing that is a little weak is the actual story. In the multitude of pop-culture references and amidst all the weed-imbibing, there is a very weak plot and some gaping plot-holes. But hey, the plot is very secondary in this story anyway! It's all about the characters and the fast action, which speeds from Mumbai (sorry, Bombay) to Himachal Pradesh (where a couple of Japanese chicas straight out of a rather stereotypical anime-porno mishmash join the pack; in bloody Himachal Pradesh!) and back within a couple of chapters, not before poking fun at your friendly neighbourhood gun-toting jatt.
I had a fun Saturday afternoon with this!
The main characters in the story are all very modern day, average people that we happen to be, to know and can relate to in many bizarre ways. Nikhil is someone you will find yourself cheering on and rooting for. So, that was a huge `plus' side of this story. The author's writing style is also something that can be mentioned in the `plus' category of the book. His unpretentious style of writing and the fast pace of the story kept me going. Then there's the humour factor in the story in large doses that will make you at least smile, if not laugh outright. The plot on the other hand is something else. It was pretty predictable, even with all the fantastical twists - like the Japanese girls!
What I liked most about this book was the Author's take on Hinduism, not as a religion but as a way of life. With so many clichéd love stories flooding the market, I also admired the way Jugal has tried to bring something `different' to us readers. And it is because of that, and the good humour, that I would rate this book as an entertaining read.
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