Bloody Dreams by Gopinath Lakshmanan is an engrossing novel that explores the plight of women in our patriarchal society. It’s not an all-women story, yet its female characters cast an indelible influence on the plotline. Set in modern India, people are ambitious about AI projects, but deep down their hearts they are the same villains who look upon women with deplorable insights.
As the novel starts, we see that Radha, a brilliant computer graduate has to relinquish her dream of running an IT company due to his dominating husband, Rajan. Initially the novel is about family drama, suppressing the women voice, but later on the table turns in their favour. How? That’s interesting!
Like father, Radha’s son Rajeev too turns out the same maverick who takes women’s respect for granted. Since birth he is leading a privileged life of luxuries. He pursues IT dreams with investments and startups. His girlfriend Divya is a classic dancer who teaches to children and often participates in shows. However, this doesn’t go well with him. He asserts a pile of hubris, prejudice, and dominion over Divya. The girl suffers silently. Right before her main show in the city, he beats and insults her.
Though the novel is romantic too, as in snatches you will see Rajeev expressing love for Divya and showing a caring attitude. However, deep within his domineering attitude takes precedence over that shallow love.
In the middle of the story, one night in a drinking state when Rajeev sleeps, his world changes drastically. He is now a girl called Rajee. He has a different mother, a different society to live in, no one recognizes him as the old chap. He is miserable…and the real pain is that he is a girl. So, he begins feeling what a traumatic life girls and women go through. The story turns anti-clockwise, from male domination to male misery. It was fun reading this transformation. But somewhere you may begin sympathizing with him and wish if he could become a man again.
The story as ‘Rajee’ is intense, full of struggle and pain. Rajee is married forcefully, being abused for carrying a girl child, faces pregnancy complications, and much more. But who is going to save her? This question lurks all the time as you chug ahead with this fast-moving novel.
The novel is message driven – women built our society and we should respect them. The storyline is substantial with a good cast of intriguing characters. Especially, women characters were well-placed and complacent, even in the adverse situations, they didn’t change their stance. That’s the beauty of their mettle.
The novel stirs a sense of concern for our women’s respect in the family, professions, and in the society. The author kept the story balanced with brilliant narration of events and subplots. The language used is at par with optimum standard, one can easily follow the storyline if reads the book completely. It’s a different and innovative novel towards the betterment and empowerment of women across the globe. Highly recommended!
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