Life brings with a plethora of experiences, each with a flavour of its own. I wish to share with all my readers these various experiences and observations that I have made during my time here on this planet. They may be funny, thought-provoking or simple reflections. I do hope you will find these enjoyable and interesting.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

A Love Story - A Novel

A Love Story - A Novel (Author: Varalotti Rengasamy)
The author is a chartered accountant by profession - (a mofussil accountant as he derisively refers to himself). He is also an author of many Tamil novels and has written short stories for English and Tamil magazines as well.

The book “A Love Story :  A Novel” is a very simple love story of a young man (who on the insistence of his father takes up the job of a bank clerk and writes novels as his passion in his free time) and his classmate from college who makes it big in the world of finance.

A misunderstanding on both sides ensures that the two go their own ways while they continue to pine for each other. Of course each one thinks that the other is married and has kids with someone else.

An elderly psychiatrist who is friend and counsel to our young author helps the two to find each others after a long gap of a decade.

The simple story line, plenty of idealism, some clean romance - all make for a very charming narrative.

One is struck by the idealism and value system that is described in the story.  I doubt one can find these values being practised in the real world.   It is probably this very fact that make it all the more pleasant to read.  Let us say it helps the reader to escape into a world of ideals – honesty, commitment, love (not just the romantic kind), power of conviction, forgiveness ..... Add a liberal dose of emotions, drama, passion and sentimentality (which may or may not be everyone's cuppa tea) and that about describes the book.
If one can accuse the author of anything, it would have to be a few over-dramatic, over-sentimental dialogues:

Tell me darling, why is the world so full of love”? Kamla asked her husband in a choked voice”.

The author's sense of humour surfaces here and there in his description of events and characters:

The boys now had a very funny expression on their faces. Something that you would have seen on the face of a ten year old boy when the dog he had been chasing for a while, stood in its tracks and stared back at him, ready to attack”.

I can never stop marvelling at the details he brings in. For example he talks of treating psychiatric illnesses through counselling or through “chemical imbalance therapy”. Reminds me of Munnabhai's “chemical locha”. :-D

His metaphors also are very interesting:

“ 'Do you remember the time we had to drive down to Bangalore? I think it was last year. It was late in the night. Our car's headlights could show only the next 100 feet. But with that light didn't we travel the entire stretch - some 250 miles plus?  We can't expect our car's lights to illuminate the entire road to Bangalore from here.  Enough that we know what there is in the next hundred feet.  Ask you friend to believe in God. He is the one who'll show the road. And don't try to illuminate the way with your intellectual highlights dear' ”.

Weaving in stories from our mythology and comparing it with a situation in the story is a trademark of this author. He intersperses the story of Narasimha avatar of Vishnu destroying the demon king with a part of the story to illustrate the parallels in the way the lady accountant demolishes the cads who try to mess about with the elderly doctor and her husband.

Like all other writings by this author, the central theme revolves around love of the purest kind.....

"All of us have been and still are in love.  With our parents, our children, brothers, sisters,friends, lovers, wives ....In fact we live only so long as we can love.  The moment we lose our capacity to love, we lose our capacity to live as well.  A life without love is not living, but a mere existence".

or God's love for us and the power of prayer:

"The great Lord sitting above, who acts deaf when we pray for our own welfare, springs into action the moment He hears our prayers for others.  And while granting such prayers, the kind Lord ensures our well-being too".

Sounds too romantic, idealistic and simplistic?  Almost Utopian?  Well, I for one am not complaining.  I share the author's opinion that a world where people were less greedy and more caring would be a heaven on earth.

All in all a very pleasant read which keeps the reader enthralled all the way to the end.


  1. Dear Swati,
    This to me is a first. The first time a blog is written on my book. I am still wondering how I am going to thank you for your time and effort in reading the book and writing about it. And you posted it around 12 30 in the night. You stayed so late to post this blog.
    Now coming to the book. I have written so many novels after this. With the wisdom gained by the insight I will rather classify this book in the genre of ‘Fantasy’ along with the Harry Potter series. JK Rowling talks of brooms that can fly, people who can vanish, of creatures with human face and horse’s bodies, humongous forest creatures and events that defy all known laws of physics (and at times even chemistry and biology)
    And in this work of mine I have kept the vicious propensities of people at bay. And have talked only about the good qualities in them. Almost all the characters are good; but for Kamla’s creditors and the girl who loved Arun, Ambuja. Even in those cases the evil is quite soft and goes away soon.
    That exactly is my fantasy world, Swati. Thay might be boring to some. But to me that’s the real heaven. If only good people go to heaven then heaven should be a perfect setting for this novel.
    Yes, Swati, it’s ideal stuff. And as a writer I am anxious that nobility and love should at least be preserved in the ‘ideal’ state to show to posterity that once these qualities ruled our heart.
    In my subsequent novels I had many villains and let lose the wild dance of evil. Some say that makes them interesting.
    Thanks once again for the time. And for the kind words. I owe you one. Big time.

    varalotti rengasamy

  2. Hi Sridhar,

    Wonderful to see your feed back here. It has been a pleasure to read your book. As I said, it is definitely nice to escape into a world where no evil exists. Don't we have enough of it all around? Why would one want to escape into a book to find more diabolic characters and evil, fighting, jealousy ..... all the things which make real life tough enough?

    Look forward to reading other books of yours as well and it will be my pleasure to review them here.