Review by Sohinee Dey
When I first had a chance to grab this book, I was quite fascinated by the whole “mental masturbation” concept. Hey, “mindful orgasm” doesn’t sound that bad either, no? Seems like an erotica to you? Think again.
So What is This Book All About?
Umm…I don’t have a direct answer to that question. From what I understood, the book mostly talks about the philosophy of life with a plot that is not the centre of attention. Yes, I felt that the thoughts which the author wanted to convey was in the spotlight rather than the plot. The plot is actually not that really fancy and is of a light and simple nature but the concept is that of an “intellectual”.
The concept is really unique, I must say. I don’t think anything as such has ever crossed a writer’s mind. So, I’ll give the author credit for that.
What Did I Like About The Book?
The first thing that I would say to answer the question is the concept behind the book.
The next thing would be the cover. It gives off a classic peaceful vibe which I really liked about it. The cover really enhances the title and the whole concept.
The title is kept simple and this is the best thing about a title!
The words that were put into the characters’ mouths. Yes, they were really different. The conversations they carried out was what mostly stood out to me in this book.
It was really thoughtful of the author to provide a list of idioms (which he used in the book) with their meanings at the end of the book. I found that I mostly knew them (score for me!).
The grammar and the language was actually really good. I rarely come across books by Indian authors where I could find no grammatical glitches. This was one of those rare books! Score for you Mr. Author!!
What Could Have Been Better?
The time has finally come when I become the big bad wolf! I have always been known to be a blunt book critic and it is not going to change anytime sooner!
The narration could have been way better. The book is written in the form of a play where the narrator describes the scene and the characters voice their assigned dialogues. But this one didn’t feel like a play in action to me. It felt more like dialogues were assigned to the characters but they were not actually voicing them. The words were written right on the page, but I couldn’t connect with it. It felt monotonous and robotic to me. No proper action was mentioned, like when you are speaking you would react in some way, right? Either you’ll itch your nose, maybe bite on your lip nervously or maybe you would move your hands while talking but there was no such action mentioned along with the dialogues which made the characters look lifeless and robotic. So, I feel that the author could have done a better job at that but was too preoccupied trying to convey his philosophy of life that he ended up neglecting the characters and the narration.