Thursday, December 17, 2015

The review of Disappointed by K.V. Raghupathy




Book Name              :    Disappointed
Author                      :    K.V.Raghupathy
Publisher                 :    Cyberwit.net
Number of Pages   :    142
Publishing Year     :     2014
Edition                      :     Paperback
Rating : 4.0


Blurb

His story combined with dismay and disappointment, disgust and contempt, hatred and strange feelings produced in me some unique sensation and I left with indelible impressions of that old man. As I rode I felt how certain chance and unexpected and accidental meetings and certain inexplicable and indescribable combination of events and situations speak a great amount of the quintessence of human life.


My Review

Disappointed is the second book in the trilogy by KV Raghupathy. The book, like his first book Invalid, is a protest against the societal pressures and double standard. Author claims that fictional element is lessnin this book. The book is about the two encounters of the author with Jagannatha Rao a bank officer. The first encounter is the conversation between author and JR. JR says the society is judgmental and the people are opportunistic. He says his life story to KV, whom he met  few hours before. 

Initially, I had an impression that JR is paranoid but later we can see that he had succumbed to the ratnrace of life. There had been a time when people who think different are isolated and looked down upon. If we look around, we can see many Fathers or husbands who become dejected when they reaches retirement age. We never bothered to assess the real problem but this book, goes through those nuances of psychology but implicitly. Unlike Invalid, this book is full of conversation, though mainly  monologues.
The book is not an easy read. It is an in depth book for a serious reader.The book targets a niche audience.


Highlights

There is a powerful message in the book. The fact that author wrote this book thirty years back surprised me because the writing style is  unconventional and contemporary at the same time. The character portrayal of JR is implicit and convincing.


Drawbacks

During the conversation between KV and JR, reader gets confused as to who is speaking to whom. Same issue with the switch from past to present. But, these instances are less since it is more of a monologue. 


One Liner

An unconventional and contemporary piece of writing.


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About the author

Born in 1957, K.V.Raghupathi has been writing for nearly three decades.  His main forte is poetry.  A leading voice in Indian English Poetry, he is currently teaching at Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur.   He has published nine collections in addition to four critical works and two books on Yoga.  His poetry is rooted in the abundance of philosophy, nature, transcendentalism, imagery and social perspectives.  Besides being a poet, his other passions include classical Karnatic music, bird watching and ancient and contemporary Indian philosophy



Reviewed for the publisher

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.