Title is Untitled: First Night, No Light by Santosh Avvannavar, Kundan Srivastava, Raghunath Babu Are
Authors: Santosh Avvannavar, Kundan Srivastava, Raghunath Babu Are
Plot : To look at things like we’ve never looked at before – we present a unique book of facts blended with fiction to spread more awareness in our society. Facts about various problems in the present urban and rural societies of India are presented wrapped in fiction, like case studies to elaborate them.Women of our country are often victims to most issues like rape, marital rape, prostitution, child marriage, child trafficking and others. Not to ignore the men who are also victims to women framing them in false cases of impotency and domestic violence. There are eleven chapters presented in this book which deal with different such cases – both men and women – and try to create a little awareness in our educated society. (official synopsis)
First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with the copy of the book to read and review
i am happy that i read his other work,” Black, white and Grey” before reading this one because had i picked up this book before, my impression of author’s skills would have been completely different.
While Black grey and white was impressive, this book was highly disappointing and failed to ignite the spark done by the previous book. It makes me wonder what happened in this book when clearly the author could compile a good piece of fiction on a social cause as quoted an example by his previous book.Ironically he had a powerful theme to play with in this book but sadly no work had been done to explore the theme or maybe the passion required towards the theme was not fired enough.
The author begins with saying that this book intends to explore the plight of women and the various forms of abuse suffered by women… Fair enough !! . As i start, the first and second story clearly sets the tone, hits the right chords and then i move to the next set of stories and it fails to resonate with me but i hold on hoping that further chapters will compensate this lacking but it only got more and more disappointing.
I can keep on babbling but will never reach the destination so to be fair enough i am going to break the review chapter wise.
The book is compilation of eleven short stories and i am going to discuss the book according to these stories
Story/chapter 1- 2 : Perhaps one of the most jostling, hard hitting stories and even relevant ones in the whole book. Yes there is a huge gap in the language and narration flow but the content is so strong that it grips you and undoubtedly a good opening to the book
story/chapter 3 : i still don’t know what happened in this chapter. There was no message or substance to the story. it was a haphazard attempt. The author picked up the theme of “BDSM” but i am not sure what message he was intending for his readers as there was no story here or maybe it failed to shout the intention of the story clearly because as of now it just comes across as a random ramblings or short blocks of vision.Language and narration at this point had started to weaken. It starts as something else moves on to a completely different circle of thought and by the end i am not sure where it is standing or was planning to go
Story/chapter 4: Now this had potential. As author mentions this was a little comical break for his readers and i admit in bits and parts it was fun but the flow of narration and the colloquial language and its outburst and then tying everything at the end hastily kind of took away the goodness of the story but still it was a good attempt
Story/chapter 5: This was the most confusing chapter in the whole book. Didn’t get to understand what exactly was the story, neither did get the jist of the story or its relevance to the underlying theme of the book and even if it was for comical relief , it failed to achieve that because of erratic narration. The shifting between various scenes was kind of brutal as you never know whether the author is talking about the past or present and even the ending was too vague and fast.
story/chapter 6: Despite a little wavering touches on its narration, i think the story did maintain a good spot in the whole theme of abuse on women
story/chapter 7-10: i have no clue what these stories where doing in the whole book as they did not echo the theme of the book and moreover the intended comical relief failed to achieve its purpose mainly because of the gap between the thought process and ability to reflect it in the narration
Story/chapter 11 : Yes it was a good story to narrate but again suffered from hasty treatment. The language and narration broke the impact of a powerful story but the underlying message was sharp and clear to be fair.
i hate to do this to the author because his other book had impressed me and i had to rip this book quite harshly.
Also before going i wanted to point out the origin of title of this book
The author mentions in the beginning as to why he chose this title for his book.
According to him : “Invasion of evil has taken away the title of people (could have been a sister, mother, law-maker and others) and made them untitled (victim, whore and others). That is why, the name of the book is, “Titled is Untitled ”
But where i feel troubled to connect to this explanation is the fact that .. “isn’t “victim” or “whore”… a title too? ”
but i know this is another fodder for debate… but thought i would leave that tiny ember for flare in my review .. you know…!! just in case !!
This book is a saga of hits & misses. While many stories were able to advocate the cause for which the book has been written, (even though it were only able to touch one aspect of abuse on women) others clearly failed at it. This happened majorly because of paying a weak hand to narrative section of the book and then using an even weaker version of language. At various points you could see word by word translation of Indian phrases in English failing to make sense and in turn chopping of the essence of the stories.