35 And Sexless In Ahmedabad- Book Review
35 And Sexless In Ahmedabad By Robin David – A Review
- Publisher: Harpers Collins India
- Publication Year: 2015
- ISBN-10: 9350298457
- ISBN-13: 978-9350298459
- Pages: 224
- Rating: 4 on 5
Robin David, in his darkly comic story of 35 And Sexless in Ahmedabad, tries to highlight the issue that is becoming a major social concern – namely the diminishing real connectivity amongst people as they prefer virtual relationships. What makes the book truly special is that, despite having a grave issue as its focal point, it is not actually thought provoking. Rather, the book proves to be a light and entertaining read. The cover itself suggests the same, which is a combination of myriad cartoon images of the aspects described in the book.
The story revolves around 35 year old Anant, a petty photographer in Ahmedabad, who is terrorized by his recurrent nightmare. In this dream, Anant struggles to get rid of a bitch with three-legs that is tied with his ankles by a chain and is getting dragged along behind him. At the same time Anant also tries to overcome the memories of Raashee, his ex-girlfriend who is now just another online friend. Then there is the noted photographer Diane Arbus, whose brilliant ideas of 1960 seemed no longer relevant besides Anant’s father, with whom he shares a distraught relationship. As Anant seeks to get out of this hopeless situation he is surprised by both its cause and its solution.
The book boasts of a stylishly written complex narrative that enhances the appeal of the storyline. It offers a unique perspective of almost everything, which I found quite surprising and pleasing at the same time. Robin David has successfully highlighted the gloomy disillusionment of the protagonist while maintaining the overall humorous appeal of the book. He has brought out the urges and hesitations and thoughts and ways of life of the characters in a beautiful manner.
Overall, 35 And Sexless in Ahmedabad proved to be a good read for me and I wish Robin David all the best for his future endeavors.
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