Book Reviews

Book Review: The Other End of The Corridor by Sujata Rajpal

The Blurb:
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? 

My Review:
Stories with a social message are always dicey reads. For all you know, they might be filled with idealists preaching out the dos and don’ts for the lesser mortals, with blatant disregard to what is practical. Idealists who mock society without even an iota of understanding how ‘real’ people lead their lives.
I picked up The Other End of The Corridor for two reasons. One, the title that inspires intrigue and two, the cover. The colorful cover with a woman in a bright colored Patiala and colorful jootis gave me the thought that this was the story of woman who rebelled. Although, i had my apprehensions, I wanted to read this one because of its title.
To say that I was in for a complete surprise wouldn’t be true, but yes I had a smile at the end of the story. Now do not think that this is something negative about the book. This implies that the story isn’t based on any pomposity or leap of faith to fill in gaps. It is a simple story of a simple woman and very believable, except for a few scenes.
The story starts of on a quick pace; the first fifty pages just flew by. And I couldn’t stop myself from reading that one more page. Subsequently though, the pace slows down, very little short of making me want to out the book aside for a breather. I liked the simple language that the author has used. The grammar is also well taken care of.
My favorite part in the story was, from a writer’s perspective, was the scene where Lakshmi comes to ask for Leela’s help and what follows. I half expected that this would be the turning point in the story, very much like a clichéd. But it was not, and I thought that the treatment of this particular scene was very realistic.
Yes, this book definitely deserves one chance for the way it blends a fresh and a known perspective.

My Rating:
I give this book a 4/5.

I received  a copy of this book from The Book Club, in exchange of my honest review. I hereby declare that the views expressed herein are solely my own.

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