Towards guilty by choice
By SHANTI PARMESHWARA
Review by Shanti
GUILTY BY CHOICE
BY SHANTI PARAMASHIVAN
Review by Kalyan Panja
Guilty by Choice by Shanti Paramashivan is a hymn to life, to the melancholy of living it for others. After all, life is beautiful, despite everything that can happen and it is for us to address the problems in the right way, surround ourselves with people who love us, celebrate friendship and love, diversity, and the simple things.
Kiana Shetty is a youthful, full of life and good-looking girl who lives in Mumbai with her mother and a younger brother and like each graduate, she dreams of making it life-size and making it fast other than destiny has other plans for her in the shape of her brother Viraj, who works at a call centre but desires to open his own tattoo studio one day and he will do no matter what to make that come about.
At the same time as Kiana deals with Viraaj’s frightful secrets, she also has to put up with Abhit, Viraaj’s best buddy, who won’t stop professing his affection for her at each chance he gets and it looks like the lone individual she can trust in all this clamour is Sarthak, her best companion and associate as she has to get out of the muddle that she in fact has nothing to do with as Viraaj has by now gone too extreme and that Kiana can’t help but be the collateral damage.
The subject is very interesting though many pages are too bitter and full of sordid feelings with the book looks at the world and is able to see beyond the barriers of appearance, beyond the common thinking, beyond the prejudices, all over the walls that human beings are so good at building between them.
The book as if by magic, turns it all into words, and the plot does not forget to leave a teaching, a track, the grip with which the eyes of the soul of the reader are wide open and are filled with a sense that helps you to ponder over, the same way that gives meaning to a reading you will not forget.
When you close the last page the book does not have the feeling of emptiness and this thanks to a dry style and direct writing with the content of the novel is touching with a reading bitter and painful but terribly true steeped in reflections, from the most obvious to some really interesting and challenging.
As the question that begs Kiana: “What’s wrong?” A question to which all will think they can answer, and just when you think you have been able to understand the solution, here is a doubt, an uncertainty or just a slight reversal of things and the answer is no longer reliable. Sometimes more than the previous question we should ask.
In the midst of a thousand problems and a thousand complications that are part of life itself, there are moments of weakness and fragility in which the questions like these are normal and indeed encouraged by the conscience of everyone, at the helplessness of the individual who asks the questions you create and build a wall so high as to isolate themselves and hide their inadequacy.
The story from the narrative point of view and style is very complex with the book is written in the form of interior monologue, which sometimes follows tortuous paths and complex in line with the thoughts of the protagonist with her reflections are left open just like when you think and concludes the argument but did not find the right answer.
From the stylistic point of view they are very nice and especially clarifying the metaphors used by the author the lexicon seems quite sought after despite the technique used to qualify better ideas, impressions and complex experiences of the protagonist, but that also characterizes the environment around her.
With great style, smooth and pleasant reading, each chapter ends creating somehow a certain suspense that makes you want to read immediately the next chapter with the story is simple and the characters seem shadows but as soon as you begin to outline their past appearances become very strong where we can not remain impassive in front of the extreme truth and frankness of some reflections of the protagonist.
The writing style is pleasant, the reading is very smooth, there are some very beautiful sentences with the novel manages to combine positively stylistic clarity and depth of content and is a novel that tells in a very delicate emotional universe that runs and which is steeped in the difficult periods of life.
The emotions of the protagonist, her thirst for family values, friendship lived with transportation and emphasis on the characteristics of men and women are the ingredients that give the plot a light touch but where everyone can find in part, feelings and troubles lived in middle between the journeys of life.