Author : Bhaavna Arora
Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Good intentions don't necessarily make into good books and we have seen that far too often ever since pulp fiction has evolved in the Indian literary scene. The Deliberate sinner focus so much on feminism and celebrating female sexuality that it forgets the most basic rule in a book - to tell a story. The conflicts seem confused and are bounced off every time from the lens of feminism only to appear more shallow and cringe worthy.
Rihana is an adventurous and free-spirited girl, until she marries Veer, an eligible bachelor who comes from a wealthy family. While they appear 'happily married', their strong personalities are at odds. Veer, for the most part, is insensitive to Rihana's physical and emotional needs, straining the relationship and leaving her feeling incomplete. Caught between the two extremes, she has to decide whether to walk out of her marriage and be a victim of society's ridicule, or compromise of her physical needs, which for her are the foundation for a healthy marital bond.
The book is projected as non-satisfaction of women desires in bed but the story takes hardly that route. Instead, it takes too many detours in the form of physical abuse, extra marital affair, dowry and so on. There is too much emphasis and stress on reaching orgasm which seems to be the end and mean of the sexual relationship and the author takes it too far by allowing it to be discussed by other ladies in the house. Someone needs to tell the author that having sex and not having an orgasm every time is humanly acceptable!
Bouncing off an eye-catching cover, the love making scenes and good and bad in equal proportions. Some will pique your interest, some are flat boring even though the climax (pun unintended) scene will take you by surprise. The book tries to grapple with too many serious subjects, in the end not doing justification to any of them. The story never grows beyond the cliches and stereotypes and in the end is a half-hearted attempt in what could have been a decent read had the author concentrated on a concrete story line.
I am going with 2.5/ 5 for Bhaavna Arora's 'The deliberate Sinner'. Read for some strong feminist sentiments but there is hardly anything in the book to take all of that seriously. A one-time read.