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There is only so much that love in the time of technology can aid our conversations and descriptions of the significant other.
9 October 2017
Love triangles are nothing new. Take a step further, and in-depth, love triangles for the GenNext crowd is commonplace. In this age of technology and convenience we thrive in, the concept of love itself has had its meaning altered. An emoji or emoticon is a default rescue when words fall short to describe what one feels about the other. Including raw sentiments. Except, Waterboarding does just that. It takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster of raw sentiments. The author has allocated no space for any silly or unnecessary pretensions when it comes to describing emotions; it is purely inborn instincts. And he has done it justice, with consistency.
The personalities of the three active protagonists - Ved, Sara and Maya - couldn’t have been more contrasting, and yet they find their lives intertwining with one or both of the others at some point. While Ved’s recovering from an accident trying to put together pieces of the puzzle from his past, Sara’s complexity comes through her journal entries. She is one character we all relate to in some way, for we too have gone through emotions like hers when in love. Or, at least while embracing the idea of it. Maya’s background and upbringing in the native land have probably led her to witness and learn way more than what we grasp in the city lives we drive, but her simplicity, uncomplicated thinking and uprighted no-nonsense approach cuts across the book like a squeeze of lemon for garnish. Waterboarding is, all in all, a juxtaposition of images that couldn’t have managed a more melancholic, yet a vivid kaleidoscope.
When I started reading the book, I had my reservations about the title. I remember wondering more than once if a love triangle could justify a pressing, grappling psychological interrogation technique. And I am glad it does. The author had an ‘uncanny knack’ moment when he welded the book’s title with something as fundamental as unadulterated sentiments. Every one of the three feels waterboarded at some moment.
There is only so much that love in the time of technology can aid our conversations and descriptions of the significant other. There is just so far technological advancements can bring about the way we lead our lives. What do we when it comes to human emotions? Is there is a way advance that? Or, superficial-ise it?