Author : Nirupama Subramanian
Publisher : Harper Collins India
It deals with a typically NRI problem: resettling in chaotic India after several years spent in an ordered existence in the First World. The book may claim to be a story of relationships in the contemporary India but unfortunately it has very little to offer in terms of a plot. The couple hardly talk about their lives with each other, they are not even ready to discuss their life, the everyday routine activities (as it may appear through the narrative). How can we even made to assure that this is contemporary India? Even if you are holding the mirror to the society through the book and portraying the 'judgement effect', it can't be so boring and flat toned.
There is a lot of sincerity to offer though with the characters. Most of the them have long solo interludes where they introspect their lives. There are upheavals and difficult decisions to be made in tough situations, yet we never see the tension or the usual anxiety in the characters. The extra marital relationship may whine and vouch for each other, but they have very little to understand in each other situations. In the end, book goes no where and just meanders all along. The climax is cop-out and goes for the traditional path without achieving anything of the substance.
I am going with 2/5 for Nirupama Subramanian's 'Intermission'. It is a simply written book, no doubt but there is absolutely nothing new to offer in terms of plot, characters, treatment or climax. It is drab, banal and will make you cringe with the sameness it has to offer all through the story. An opportunity wasted.