Sunday, 6 October 2013

Exegesis of The Virgins by Siddharth Tripathi


The Virgins by Siddharth Tripathi


Concomitance! What else should I call it?
After Tapti was published in Storizen, my dear friend Mukesh Rijhwani called me. We often share our current reading categories and being into classics, I shared some beautiful lines written by Mark Twain about Varanasi in his book Following The Equator "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together!" Apropos of that, He suggested me a book, 'The Virgins'. Embryonically, I refused to read by judging the book by its title. But then, Coincidentally, of course, Siddharth Tripathi happened to be my fellow guest speaker in an author mentorship workshop. Meeting this gentleman and schmoozing about general issues we discussed about his debut 'The Virgins', His narrative skills bedazzled me to read his book and the soonest, I received the copy from Fingerprint Publishing.

Quite a light read of contemporary fiction, I will not prefer to critique or rate the book but I found it a conglomerated roller coaster of the ups and downs of the interest.
Siddharth's aesthetics is one of the much praiseworthy things in the book as the way he has portrayed Varanasi really picturesque.

The theme, structure and storyline didn't magnetized me much as it is the story of three teens with their blatant and extemporaneous perspective evolve into the gadfly to all. The Jungle raj and local school kids cosa nostra and the troubles. The number of characters and see-saw of humour and suspense gives the mixed shades to the book.

Siddhartha's language is palpable, coloured with various regional dialects that makes it laymen friendly.
It was a light and good read. My best wishes to Siddhartha for his future promulgations. 

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