Book review: Gulabi by Pankaj Suneja
Author: Pankaj Suneja
Plot: Schizophrenia is challenging disorder often characterized by abnormal social behaviour and a significantly altered perception of reality. Its treatment largely depends on medications and psychosocial interventions but no single approach is widely considered effective for all patients. Through this book I offer my readers a glimpse into the multifaceted world of schizophrenia in the form of fictitious storyline revolving around two characters Monty (the psychotic part) and Virginia (the non psychotic part). The boundary between the two is permeable. Monty conjures up ‘Gulabi’, following his abrupt separation from his long time partner, while Virginia, having suffered from a personal loss sets out to follow her lifelong aspiration to travel the world. (official synopsis)
Where is it headed?
First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me a copy of the book
Had i not read the author biography, this review would have been completely different. I guess the bio helped me understand the emotions and the background to the book a bit, but even being considerate the truth is that the book failed to reach its destination. In fact i am afraid it had a bad take off too.
Gulabi shows a parallel journey of two characters but the trouble is that both of their stories keeps interfering and overlapping in the whole narration. There is not a systematic order for where one person’s story starts and to where other’s.
The book is fast and in the speed avoids to tell us a whole lot of things that would have helped us understand the story, characters and what exactly is happening.
To me personally, i felt that the book had no objective to begin with.it seemed to be just one particular chapter from the lives of these two characters that are mentioned in the book. It lacked a proper start and introduction and everything is fast forwarded that you cannot relate what is happening. The whole book seemed to be just a part of an actual book because there was no head and tail that could tell me how all this started and even the ending was not sufficient to let me know what happened in the whole book.
But i really do see the brilliance in converting one’s personal experience into an artistic form of fiction. The book just suffered from hasty treatment and the lack of depth. Till the very end when i stumbled upon the author bio and realized the origins of Gulabi, i was kind of disappointed and clueless as to where it all came from but reading how this book came from author’s personal experience gave me a different perspective and that is why i chose not to touch on the story or the characters and in turn devoted the review to the treatment and narration
The book would have narrated a beautiful story had the treatment been a little more passionate and at least devoid of the haste that it shows now. i felt that the book was just a jist of an actual story and because of which suffered an absence of proper start and finishing. The book lacked the depth to engross its readers