2 Feb 2015

The Other End of the Corridor by Sujata Rajpal

About the Book

When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight. She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations. Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger. In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again… No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams. Where does this journey take her? 

My View

This plot is about Leela and her dreams; should I say “dream”. There is a Leela in each one of us, all of us have dreams, aspirations and we also have hopes. But do we actually work towards our aspirations? What do we do to turn dreams in reality? Does having hope make us reach our goals? What is that extra mile Leela took in order to live her dream? Sujata in her first novel writes about it; in terms of first efforts, I’d say author has lived up to expectations.

The plot is very simple and she carefully chooses not to give it away in the blurb or anywhere else. Reader actually has no idea till he completes few chapters, but by the time reader makes a subject from the novel, Sujata has moved forward with the story into another subject. The way the story is written, for 30+ chapters, it is not boring/stretching and hence the plot is commendable.

By the time I was done reading the book, I actually wondered how to summarise the plot; well you just can’t and that is the best about the story; no giveaway at all. But yet the story is very simple and it happens around us.

I did not like one aspect of the story, is how easily her problems get solutions. Leela has a problem and instantly there is a solution, this works well for the story not being stretchy but it actually made me think “Is life that easy?”

This one is a pick that you start, don’t want to stop and complete it; for a non-thriller genre this kind of feeling is very positive.