Monday, June 19, 2006

Book Review - Or the day seizes you

Failures arise mainly because of refusing or not having the capability to capitalize on opportunities provided. When you fail to sieze the day or act prudently on provided opportunities, the day ends up ruling you :-). Pretty much the same logic as wag the dog... if the tail is smarter than the dog, the Tail Wags the Dog.

Nilu, the hero of this novel is a lonely guy. He is not very intelligent. In denial and does not even want to accept the reason for his wife to leave him. Is of brittle moral fibre and has a family history of corruption. He is also completely apathetic towards his life and his wife, as only a guy of such character can be. Things happen TO him... he rarely makes thing happen (hence the title), and I am reminded of one article by Prem Panicker. he describes one character called the Serial Chiller. Someone who calls himself a railway platform. People come, embark, influence and leave leaving me behind... Nilu has pretty much the same persona.

I tended to concentrate a lot on the reasons for which his wife had left him, but the last few chapters shed no new light on it. I had to be satisfied with just his apathy and his fear for real life situations. The wife cheats on him. She needs more from life... some more attention and loads of respect. Well guys need acceptance and women need attention. Give them that and they are always on their best behaviours. This relationship lacked both. So it crumbles.

One of the most important passages in the book attempts to divulge what could be said of the talk that Meena had with Nilu that explained the reasons why she left him inspite of him having forgiven her (do not take it in the literal sense). She had mentioned two separate anecdotes, both of which involve Raj running away from the incident. He shows his initial involvement. Both show his lack of any courage to continue and both make him come out in poor standing. He proves in both instances that he is completely untrustworthy.

Just like in the Royal Tenenbaums, Gene hackman tells Angelica Houston on realizing why she chose Danny Glover, "He is everything I am not", Nilu realizes something. He realizes that no amount of sacrifice is ever going to make both of them change enough to have a happy life together. (Gene Hackman is able to take comfort in the fact that he atleast had had SOME effect on Angelica's life for her to chose someone who is exactly his opposite, Likewise Niladri too takes some comfort)

The story moves on. At one point of time I realize it is no longer a story but just anecdotes strung together. There can never be an 'ending' to this... The book is more about what you feel than what the author has to say. Saying that I felt i liked the way it ended. Very open and leaves a lot to ones imagination. I would most certainly buy the next Rajorshi Chakraborthy book.

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