Sense of a Quiet by Deepak Kripal is an Indian fiction novel that features three characters that looked inextricable from each other due to their circumstances. Financially they are strong characters but it’s their personal dilemma, clashes and situations that turn them up against one another.
The novel subtly highlights the working and reaction of our society when a man is trapped by his episodic demons and adversaries. Milind and Diya are doctors in Haridwar. Diya comes from a bit higher family. She fell in love with Milind since college days. They look happy from outside but deep inside there is something unspeakable gap that disturbs them, above all Diya’s mother doesn’t favour Milind.
The real problem begins sizzling when Rohan – their common friend – comes to stay with them. Milind was happy to receive him but Diya never likes him. Also Rohan was not that decent guy. He was on the verge of divorce with his wife.
This novel takes a jibe at the comfort zone and space among couples that make or break their relationship. When Rohan lands up in their home, this becomes a silent seething issue. Milind wants to support his friend but Diya was against him. She didn’t find Rohan a trustable ally in family life. In fact, you will notice that tiny things and short gossiping can break the bonding of a family.
Other than these three characters, there are also some plot-driving people like Rakesh, Sapna, Mr Singh. Rohan often visits the Ghat of Haridwar with that Rikshawala Rakesh, and Sapna was a maid used to take care of him. And Mr Singh is a retired colonel from army, living alone. Rohan is a common key to all these people. But his affinity to attract trouble lands him in great risk when at the Ghat he takes fight with Bhandari, a sort of local goon.
The novel is focused on all three characters equally, at one side it shows the chemistry between the couple, on one side it’s about Rohan getting close with Rakesh, Sapna, and Mr. Singh. Rohan was so pissed off by that local goon for his corruption at the Ghat that he protests to shun him off but things go in an untoward way. As the novel progresses, it gains intense form.
The author is right in showing as how life can turn the tides against even if one is financially well to do. Life seeks harmony in all aspects, it needs to be balanced with love, comradeship and much more.
The storyline looks simple, but it isn’t. The novel is contemporary with its approach and shows what it takes to fulfill a relationship and homely ambience. There is a lot to find in the story, better pick it up yourself. Deepak’s writing style is way good and illustrations are indeed captivating.
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