Y describing a fruit Mukherjee bypasses the onerous task of building a city Rasagura is a symbol for the imaginariness of Suryam but before that it is its counterweight This whole book feels Great Powers and Geopolitical Change like one big vibe check so basically it was wild Full review available here It took me all of 17 hours to finish Rheea Mukherjee s unputdownable book The Body Myth It was myast book of 2018 and I am happy that it turned out to be that way because I ended my year on a rather high note The Body Myth is primarily the story of three characters Mira Sara and Rahil Mira a widow is grieving the Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion loss of her husband and trying to find her place in the world when she encounters Sara and Rahil Sara who suffers from a strange ailment that is as physical as it is psychological is mysterious and attractive Mira finds herself drawn to towards her and her supportive husband Rahil so much so that the three end up forming a one of a kind relationship And then the book explores the dynamics the three share as they navigate through theirives and the challenges of being together dealing with their personal messes and Sara s ever present illnesses that make their dynamics tender vulnerable and fraught with a palpable tension that always keeps you the reader on the edge Mukherjee does a great job at pacing the novel and giving us honest interesting and engaging characters that are so often irksome I often found myself irritated at their flakiness But it s also what made them real Mukherjee offers a meditative insight not just into the minds of the characters but through them gives us many spiritual and philosophical meanderings that you will carry with yourself much after you are done with the book The book deals with polyamorous relationships sensitively without shying away from the conflicts such relationships would present in an overtly monogamous world The book deconstructs the body through the motif of illnesses dealing with the subject of mental health with maturity and finesse It doesn t separate the mind from the body but creates a world where each organ each body part has a mind of its own The body that is at the very center of this book is the storehouse of all traumas and through it are all key events shaped As someone who is deeply invested in the politics of the body and always fascinated by all that ails it this book was a delicious concoction of all things I Introducing Ubuntu love Mukherjee sets this book in the fictional city of Suryam which feels similar to any other Indian city And this decision to create a fictional world was something I couldn t uite comprehend If there was a reason behind it I couldn t get it or it wasn t done well Another element of the book which I thought could have worked as a great metaphor for the uniueness of Sara s character the fictional fruit of Rasagura doesn t bring much to the story remains unripened to use a tired fruit metaphor The bookoses some pace toward 3 stars Perhaps they had done this before Perhaps somewhere in this house were the remains of a broken heart another widow who fell for their charms only to have her spirit shattered One word Weird And not necessarily a good kind of weirdThis short novel strikes me as being confused it doesn t know what it wants to beSomehow it seemed that this novel was Narrative Matters less than the sum of its parts We didn t possess the exact same background to grid our foundation but we were similar enough to dance to the tune of happy urban complacency I was intrigued by the opening chapter which throws us immediately in this midst of this not uiteove triangle Our narrator Mira is a recently widowed English teacher After a brief stint in a hospital Mira is uite content to Viernes o los limbos del Pacífico; El Rey de los Alisos; Los meteoros live by herself unwilling to form meaningful connectionset alone seek a new husband If I d El hombre desconocido (Huérfano X 2) lived in the Victorian era I would have been dismissed as a fragile woman who suffered from hysteria because her husband just died Or if I hadived a century before in my own country my depression would have been glorified needed and aggressively presented to society as that of an ideal grieving wife Had the words clinical depression empowered me I couldn t remember Enter Sara and Rahil Mira comes across the couple after she sees Sara having a Mira comes across the couple after she sees Sara having a in a park After they invite her to their house Mira becomes entranced by the couple Beautiful Sara suffers from a Vlad the Rad longist of mysterious ailments And Rahil Dotes After Her Rahil dotes after her Mira immediately suspects that Sara might not be as ill as she claims to be or that perhaps Rahil is behind Sara s illness She had Noble Savages listed off her diagnoses with a building pride which unsettled me but compelled me to believe her to believe that there was something very wrong with Sara something even science couldn t account for I enjoyed Mira s cynic narrative At times I did find that her actions were at odds with her inner monologue She seemed two different people Around Sara and Rahil she acts in such a wimpish way I found her commentary onove marriage and teaching deeply entertaining and in comparison her so called complex feelings for Sara and Rahil werenot that complex I never uite understood her fascination with Sara or her relationship with Rahil Sara seemed object than person and yet the narrative implies that she is a deeply profound and thoughtful womanThere are a The Birthday Girl lot of uotable scenes or monologues but the writing did seem to try too hard to come across as sardonic so much so that other than the occasional ha ha or that sounds clever I experienced veryittle while reading this Although I will say contemporary Indian English fiction is shit and India has yet to create its first Kafka What could have been an intriguing tale of passion and jealousy delivers a The Social Rights Jurisprudence in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights lukewarm and predictable depiction of the typicalove triangle and in this case the ove seems underbaked Not uite believable Not at all there Mira talked a ot but felt things in a monotone sort of way Her jealousy and To Kiss a Count lust even her relationship toward her father and her job were all just underwhelming and flat In her narration she presents herself as this intelligent and deep individual but telling isn t enough I sawittle of this inner depth and of these complicated feelings she harbours for this married couple She is just so passive in spite of those occasional sharp observations The story seemed to promise than what it actually is Sara and Rahil are so The Silent Pool (Erasmus Jones lifeless Sara sove for Sufi music didn t make her interesting or From Boss to Bridegroom (Smoky Mountain Matches, layered Rahil spoke few words and acted in such a vague manner that I had a hard time believing in his characterThe whole ending seemed at odds with the beginning What was all that for A few well written paragraphs do not distract from a hazy and poorly constructed storyRead reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads unnamedpress partnersitting here having just finished this book i know i have aot to process from the start this story grabbed me with the same intensity that Mira was grabbed by Sara and Rahil there were moments where i found myself as enthralled by th I just finished Rheea Mukherjee s novel The Body Myth and it s SO GOOD It s a focused and yet somehow encompassing story that invokes all the senses The characters are multi dimensional and the plot is full of tension AND manages to dip into backstory AND The Vineyard luxuriate in the moment It s short but doesn t sacrifice plot character oryricism Gorgeous. D her kind intensely supportive husband Rahil striking up intimate volatile and fragile friendships with each of them that uickly become something A moving exploration of Wicked Nights loss Mukherjee delivers an intense and unexpected modernove story as Mira reconciles reality with desir. ,
Review The Body MythReaders know what it feels She Caught the Sheriff like to get hooked pulled into a novel immediately Weiterally swallow the beginning of The Body Myth Here s how it begins Take my story Ten Tortured Words like you would aarge pill Place it on your tongue and swallow it in one gulp I intend to write the truth Truth is perspective and I have been scrupulous with mine So yes I was hooked from the start I took my pill gulped it down with water and continued to be yanked into the wonderful make believe city Suryam in India with it s make believe fruit Rasagura tastes Shut Up Train like a soaked berry bursting with the tang of aemon and the texture of pudding and the sweetness of mango and three main characters Mira Sara and Rahil There are many ways to share about this book it s plot it s characters the metaphors the philosophers and authors mentioned marriage ove oss death sickness physical and mental the bodymind connection the power of grief of healing of parenting their great gifts and great disappointments of friendship tea food sex polyamorous and monogamous relationships Since this is a book that can be read in one two or three sittingsone that is uite intriguing mysteriously strange yet somehow easily understood on a surface Once Was Bombay level anywayrather than mention the heart of the plot or the give away personality profiles about the characters their personal inuiry intoifeI m going to share a side dishBut aren t side dishes often eually or delicious than the main course The next part of this review is about a minor character A FATHER who moved mewho had a ot of influence on his daughter Mira s ife I enjoyed when Mira shared about her dadBecause I didn t grow up with a father I cherish reading about adult kids reminiscing about their fathers who have contributed to them immensely I m sooooo intrigued and interested to Scenes from a Writers Life listen to my adult women friends share about their fathers many of my women Goodreads friends have shared phenomenal stories about their father s that have move me to tearsMira shares about hers Mira and her now deceased husband Ketan used to send Mira s father Appa twenty thousand rupees every month not because he needed it because it was a responsible thing to do but he refused to keep the money for himself Instead Appa had put the money in a savings fund for Ketan and me to break into every 20 years when our future children would go to college Mira shared how her father was a practical man He was proud of his self care for diabetics a walking campaign for the golden 60s or 65 being the new 40 he had given up white rice meat and sweetshamy mind was twirling with judging and evaluating myess inspiring dietMira knew that when her father talked about nutrition it was his way of expressing Boy Swallows Universe love He also taught her the value of daily routines and predictability wake up at 6 AM walk the park for an hour read the paper on the bench for another hour his cook made him breakfast at 830 AM I want a cook haHe played cards with his buddies in the afternoon and he volunteered as a head of the community in this area Coming up with new ways to separate garbage and feed stray dogsYep dinner at 830 PM took another night stroll then strolled the Internet then off to bed and asleep by 1030 PM He didn tive extravagantly and he had enough money to The Secret Of The Cemetery last him for decades Appa also taught Mira her about the world wars She also rememberedistening from a distance when her father would read to her mother in bed usually non fiction about history I know that this novel is not about Mira s father but what the heck Sometimes we read ittle side things in books that resonate speak to us and challenge us to ask ourselves uestionssuch as What s stopping me from making healthier choices reading history books educating myself and from making a bigger difference in the world In Mira s case it was memories about her dad the way he was with her and the way he was with her mother that gave her many of the same feelings that she saw in Rahil and Sara The Married Couple She Becomes Entangled WithMira married couple she becomes entangled withMira up early herself each day ike Vocabulario Figurado 2 like all teachersike her father didShe adopted many of the same healthy regimented routines that her dad had donethen tragically her husband of only seven months is killedMira s ife moves in a direction that she could not have seen coming in a million yearswhen she first meets Sara who was having a seizure in A Park This Book DOES HOLD YOUR park This book DOES HOLD YOUR PULL YOU INIt s also a ittle odd weird and unconventional Sara has a mysterious illnessMira is finding her wayattracted to both Sara and Rahil Mukherjee examines a range of subjects and themes body mind healthy and unhealthyphysically and mentallyphilosophy history Home Remedies literature sexuality history poetry religion mysticismLots of PARTS are wonderfulAs a WHOLEit has a few holesbutoverall even though the deeper depths didn t translate clearly powerfully I still don t get the significance of the fruit reallythis book is a yummy treat with a cup of chamomile tea Hintots of tea drinking going on inside these pages Alsoas a debut it s GREAT not PERFECTLY GREATbut Rheea Mukherjee is an author I Defender for Hire (Heroes for Hire, ll gladly read again Very unusual book I read it with theaptop handy because I have Spots Fun with Friends limited knowledge of Indian apparel and cuisine That was an education and I plan to make a podike desert once I find a new source of raw milk for cheese making I A Kiss To Change Her Life learned about Sufi music and was able toisten to some via You Tube but it won t replace 1963 75 rock in my heart I was familiar with some of the spiritual and mystical aspects Imagine a privileged woman who has read a few philosophers sits in fancy cafes with a Macbook to write a book tom toms every single person she meets with serious sounding pseudo intellectual garbage completely out of context and claims to have a point of view half baked though on every single thing from World War to Existentialism to Mental Illness to Sufism to Threesome That s the author of this book for you Or at east that s the image I have formed in my head of her after reading this sorry of a bookRheea the author tells an extremely weird story of three people falling in ove with each other to the point of obsession I have no ualms with the premise In fact it s a pretty interesting one and it would have been an amazing vehicle to ook at the inner workings of the minds and emotions of the characters involved But no She decides to use these and other characters purely as vehicles to display her half formed ideas and "beliefs that sound intellectual but are pointless and absurd No Rheea you re "that sound intellectual but are pointless and absurd No Rheea you re Beckett I said absurd in the iteral sense The dialogues are extremely unrealistic as if the characters have been forced in front of a camera to blurt out meaningless sentences with high sounding terms and names And to top it all she invents a fruit Rasagura that grows only in this fictional town again with a philosophical objective but falls flat on the face PlopI feel sad for the characters I wanted them to be than mere puppets to a pretentious writer Strongly NOT recommended And for the author grow up I finished reading The Body Myth by Rheea Mukherjee few days back and have since been trying to write an honest review for the same But frankly this book has me divided in my opinion While starting with this work we are advised by the author or cautioned if you prefer to take the story as one would take a Mira is a teacher Neimhaim (Neimhaim, living in the heart of Suryam a modern bustling in city India and the only place in the world the fickle Rasagura fruit grows Miraives alone and with only the French existentialists as companions until the day she witnesses a beautiful woman having a seizu. ,
Arge pill and rightly soThe writer s style is impressive and you can t help but falling in ove with it so much so that the book becomes unputdownable You start reading and the characters become so vivid that you can almost visualize them envisaging in your mind the scenes and the dialogues as you read along The book starts with Mira who comes across a married couple Sara and Rahil in a public park and feels drawn to them She witnesses Sara s seizure and doubts whether it is real or faked but still feels attracted to the couple Mira s husband had died some nine months back and she had stayed at an institution trying to cope with her situation When asked by Sara how she survived that she reflects Emotional pain can be so severe so profound so soul braking that it must reflect on the body But I couldn t seem to find my scars when I stood in front of the mirror Perhaps they disguised themselves moving across my skin ike a flea on a cat When we suffer enormous emotional pain there comes a point when the body functions become almost mechanical the mind wants to free itself of pain of suffering but a constant feeling of nagging remains Carrying the Greeks Heir like something hammering constantly at the back of your mind She tells the reader You might think it was teaching that saved me from the blunt darkness that comes with theoss of a spouse It was not I almost committed suicide true but it was Camus Sartre Foucault and de Beauvoir who Amish Sweethearts led me back toife Later she thinks it is the idea of futility of our perceptions of existence our grand ideas of hope and reality the futility of treating Call Me Dan lifeike it has some greater purpose than getting along the humdrum of our daily Triple Dare (The Art of Seduction, lives that saved her She had finally come to a point where she found grief bothersome andonged for a kind of normalcy to return to her Broken life It is Sara s suffering that pulls Mira to her Sara has a mental illness and it reminds Mira of herate mother a mother who was a victim of depression and whose memories are at best a blur in her Semillas de Conflicto life I could sense Mira s pain and could see why she might have been attracted to Sara who also seemed to be in painI wouldeave it to you to discover how their meetings turn intimate and how gradually a poly amorous relationship is developed The central premise of the book seems to be the transformation of a dyadic relationship Sara and Rahil to triadic relationship as narrated by the third partner and protagonist of the work Mira It is about the acceptance of each other as a partner an acceptance that finally comes as result of a conflict between the body and the mind This book does not place itself as a narrative to educate people about polyamory It just explores a triad relationship with Mira Sara and Rahil as partners portraying the dilemmas that they go through their actions and their coming to peace with their reality which might not necessarily align with the readers ideasAt certain places the book is uncomfortable to read because it evokes uestions that we might not find easy to answer uestions Skin Rules like Do we know our bodies well Does our body in any way at any time act differently than what our minds ask it to do Are our minds aware of what our bodies need or desire Does our mind always follow what our bodies dictate or do they feel conflicted between desires and the accepted ideas of morality However it is not a commentary on the same Neither does it offer any answers Now I wouldike you to read the rest of the review keeping the above said uestions in your mind To keep in mind that the protagonists perhaps were only trying to understand themselves better by being aware to the needs of both their minds and bodies so that they could reach a harmonyThe relationship is kept a secret from everybody even from Mira s father throughout the The Secrets of Ivy Garden length of the novel One can understand this because polyamory is considered a taboo subject in most societies Mira is shown to be very close to his father discussing almost everything with him So towards the end when Mira takes Rahil her supposedlyive in partner as told to her father to meet her father she introduces Sara and Rahil as siblings When I reached this point something snapped inside me Not that I can be a judge of human relationships and am as intrigued about the dynamics and mysteriousness of poly amorous relationships but I failed to view their coming together as natural First it was the downright Indias Economic Policy lie that bothered me and then their further and relaxed meetings with her father Maybe it was just this dishonesty that got to me Why did Mira do that reallyThe other thing which did not sit down well with me was Mira and Rahil s apparent devotion towards Sara Mira s regard of Sara as some kind of Sufi mystiue her idea that both she and Sara shared some purpose inife Their conversations didn t seem as elevating as Mira s own musings at times which I enjoyed reading Sara s illness is supposedly self imposed and Rahil already knows that Mira makes them realize this and help them come to terms with their A Girl Called Malice (Facing the Music, lives Still her almost saccharine allegiance to Sara in the knowledge of that felt too unrealistic their idea of a normal happyife together bit infantile Besides since we don t hear much from Rahil we have The Prince and the Quakeress (Georgian Saga, least idea about hisove for Mira When reflecting upon her conversations and interaction with one of her students Mira s thoughts are a delight to read barring one incident towards end which to say honestly really shocked me But I guess it did shock Mira too I just wondered about the need of inclusion of that specific incident in the narrative Towards the end their relationship reaches a conclusion in Sara s departure from Mira and Rahil s ife It is as if the epicenter of their ives shifts from illnessgrief to tranuillity as if the epicenter of their Paro lives shifts from illnessgrief to tranuillity each of the partners finally reaching an imperative juncture inife In a sense the author makes the relationship dyadic again to provide a kind of closure to the story by confirming to established societal order This work might be an uncomfortable read but it certainly is indelible and is bound to The Eye of Emerald leave a mark upon the mind of the readerPS I initially rated three stars to the work but upon reflection I realized Iiked it much better The philosophy uoting polyamory ok Mira the narrator dazzles us with her dalliances deliberations segues insights Mira s irreverent idiom reminds us of narrators created by Carmen Maria Machado and Otessa Moshfegh It feels strange then that the resolution that the novel provides Mira prioritizes happiness at the cost of philosophical inuiry and ocates that happiness in society ok monogamyA brief note on rasagura the imaginary fruit that only grows in and around the imaginary city of the novelAs a symbol not a prop atop an explicitly imaginary plane Suryam in a work that is otherwise realist the rasagura is bound to confuse readers In the beginning its role is to Complete Suryam Uickly For The Construction Of An Imaginary Suryam uickly for otherwise the construction of an imaginary would have reuired effort In a we are told that the rasagura exists because there is Suryam This gives Suryam some purpose however arbitrary What however is nested behind this accessible ogic is something that our minds don t easily agree to have accommodated that Suryam exists because there is the rasagura It is this circularity that completes either imaginary construction in a way that nothing is needed Re in the park Mira runs to help her but is cautious for she could have sworn the woman ooked around to see if anyone was watching right before the seizure beganMira is uickly drawn into the ives of this mysterious woman Sara who suffers a myriad of unexplained illnesses an.