Monday, 13 July 2020

The World Of Bachelors!

Updated: December 17, 2011 2:42 pm

Personally, I always believe satire as a profound form of expression inside the literary ambit. Here, a writer needs not only to unwrap his or her ideas but also to advances before the readers his/her own life experiences. So, a satirical fiction shows the inner world of a writer, though magnitude of sharing varies with the relative temptations of a wordsmith. The debutant writer Ruchita Mishra’s THE (In) eligible Bachelors could be classic pick in this regard. Still in her twenties and already has made an impressive journey in both the academic and professional domain, she narrates the challenges of her generation with representative authenticity.

Ruchita has simply relied on flowing expressions, and leaves no chances for her readers to grapple with the odd frills in understanding either the plot or its development. Second most striking thing with this novel is its beautiful characters, all are meticulously felt and their presence seems inevitable like the real life story. Further, they all live their part aptly throughout the book and allow a chance of lively debate on new-age marriage which is now either being determined by the arranged or adventurous romances. Case of middle class, particularly those aspiring to be in the high sphere of hierarchy are consistently deconstructing the age old values. In the wake of reform, many new tendencies have been escalating in the institution of family where the choices are increasingly decided by the pre-imagined lust that badly is haunting the self of educated girls like never before. Surprisingly, mothers no longer exude the virtuousness; however she still thinks the best for her child but without compromising the shine of material side. On this front, protagonist Kasturi Shukla, with a magical combine of tech/management skill represents the oppressed human resources, and her mother commands like a CEO, who values the things with a materialistic principle—Return on Investment {ROI}or venture and nothing beyond that!

THE (In)eligible Bachelors practically deals with the complexity of life and its two primary stages—love and marriage. Love of Kasturi resembles a sort of assertness from her natural boisterousness against the mechanised sentimental shackles around her, which approaches her through artificially arranged family affairs with prospect of getting settled with a man having arithmetically best salary slip. That starts with her innocent falling in romance. She is tempted for boss Rajeev Sir, who characterizes himself fit for temporary overtures with new found love. But dualism of Rajeev falls suddenly, and so trembles the fake notion of their working relationship which grew in the course of juggling two difficult choices.

Kasturi, naturally takes it as betrayal, found solace only in recluse until the antecedents truly narrated by her close affiliates, Ananya, Varu and once a rejected potential life partner, Pita ji (coded humourously). Moreover, two accidents draw the principal character, Kasturi closer to her ethical part, where she finds matches with Dr Poorva, who performs like a true man in blood and flesh and selfless lover. Once sidelined owing to confusions, his action outwitted all the fake circumstances and gives deserving Kasturi another life, without any hitches. The End the of the novel justifies the happenings around us in present time—people are betrayed but life never stops going on.

There are no definite criteria to judge a piece of literature albeit few fundamental qualities as benchmark shall be acknowledged by all including the purists who mostly think in their own terms. Ruchita Mishra has entered the literary arena with a purposeful book, and her presence here will sure be energising the wave of Indian English writing. She can be seen as a welcome continuance of new literary generation that felt and used the inferences out of surroundings, which gives story essential neutrality and also lets a chance to proceed in a seemingly natural way.

By Atul Kumar Thakur

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