Thursday, January 7, 2016

Review-The Other End of Corridor by Sujata Rajpal

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The Other End of the Corridor 
Sujata Rajpal 


When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor.
Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight. 
She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations.

Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger. 

In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again…
No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.

Where does this journey take her?

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"The corridor, I was walking down didn't have a trace of illumination. I couldn't see the other end. But I kept moving and now, I realize that more than the light, you need the determination to keep moving, keep struggling for your dreams, for your existence, for your survival."

I had lived in a dream world all my life, always blaming the circumstances for my own weaknesses. I could never gather courage to stand up to circumstances. For how long would I keep blaming others for my own shortcomings. And for how long would I keep dreaming- my dreams never aligned with the real world; my dreams and real life never converged at any point. ‘I definitely had experience but only in building castles in the air.’

About the Author 
Author’s profile :Sujata Rajpal is a Corporate Communication & PR professional turned a full-time author. She holds an MPhil degree in Economics and has studied Mass Communication from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She also writes articles and short stories for publications and journals. Sujata is a yoga enthusiast and enjoys being a Toastmaster. She currently lives in Mysore.

The Other End of the Corridor is her first novel.

My Review :

            The 1st thing which caught my attention was the title of the book; The Other End of the Corridor. What does it mean? Why is the book named so? It created the curiosity and curiosity killed the cat … So I started reading this book, which highlights the suffering of Leela Chopra.

            We are used to reading boy-meets- girl, falls in love, face opposition or any other problems but finally end up living happily ever-after. Or a girl is married young, she faces harassment and torture from in-laws or husband, her knight in shiny armor comes to rescue her, they fall in love and have a happy ending to their story. But one thing I can tell you this is not that type of book which has a happy ending.

            The author has taken care of minute details while describing the life of Leela and her middle class life style. But I found the story bit repetitive (as now-a-days most of authors are writing about women and their suffering). Only change I liked is the climax of the story, which was bit different and was not expected. But otherwise the story is bit predictable.

            But it’s a must read as it highlights the people’s perspective regarding arranged marriage and women. It’s also an inspiration to girls who subject to domestic violence considering it as their fate. Debutant Author Sujata Rajpal has done a nice job of writing and bringing out feelings of a middle class innocent girl Leela; those feelings which at some moment every girl must have felt when she is forced to give up her dreams and pushed in matrimony just because she is a girl. And when she tries to complain she is hushed up saying its part of life, learn to bear it.

            Witten in simple language, awesome writing… great work Sujata Rajpal. 

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