If you are a first time reader then I would advise you to skip this novel until you have had the pleasure of enjoying Purva Plots in its entirety. I say this because in order to enjoy this masterpiece we must first acquaint ourselves with the plot, which is detailed in detail here. Devanahalli is an orphan who lives in a small house on the outskirts of a large city. One day she meets Shikara, an already married man, who tries to help her escape from her marriage. However, when she refuses to marry him and he persists she kills herself by hanging herself at the door of her home. This tragedy leaves Shikara angry and he goes on a rampage, leading Devanahalli to believe that she has been tricked and that her life has been spared by her ex-husband.
Book Review – Purva Plots Devanahalli
This brutal tale vividly demonstrates the brutality of marital rape, yet Devanahalli’s decision to take her own life forces the readers to look into the finer aspects of such a tragedy. There are scenes that will make you cry, there are others that will make you laugh and yet others will just give you a sense of wonder and intrigue as the plot unfolds. It is this mix of emotions that make Devanahalli’s murder so remarkable and it is exactly these moments that make this novel a must read for any fan of Indian writing.
All that I can say about this novel is that it is not only a great read but it is also very realistic in the way that the writer depicts life in rural India. The characters are well drawn and you feel like you are part of the story, which takes place in Devanahalli’s life. The pace of the narrative is very fast and there are many twists and turns that keeps the book thrilling throughout. You will not want to put this book down, you will keep wanting to read more and will turn the next page at the first chance.