I have always imagined that our dwellings, just like us, have spirits too. They too can think and feel, talk and emote, just at a different frequency than us humans. The narrator of this book, is the palatial bungalow, a Haveli and quite a narrator it is. One that has stood the test of time, witnessed many families come in and move out.
Harshali Singh’s debut novel A Window To Her Dreams talks about the life of a woman, her trials and tribulations, the dreams and hopes that keep her alive even if they get shattered in the course of life. She symbolizes many Indian women in the manner of how her life doesn’t go the way she planned, and the future course of action she picks. Whether she lets life control her or whether she meets life head on and takes the reins back into her hands, is for the reader to find out by reading the book.
A Window To Her Dreams is the story of Aruna and Bhuvan who do not come together under the best circumstances, yet try to make it work by sticking with each other. The voice of the narrator, the 150 year old Haveli comes through distinctly and helps the reader understand each character better.
The narration strikes all the right chords with the reader and we are able to identify with the story and the characters. The book is a good read and a great debut novel by the author Harshali Singh.
This review of the book A Window To Her Dreams by Harshali Singh is my honest review in exchange of the book.
Are two good people with good intentions enough to make a good marriage?
Aruna, a young divorcee, marries Bhuvan, an averagely successful young man. Both make promises of ever after with preconceived expectations—hers, freedom from a judgmental society and validation of herself and his, unconditional love and partnership.
Despite their best intentions, life plays rogue.
On the one hand, Aruna’s learned conditioning, developed as a result of her past, keeps coming in the way of their married normalcy and on the other, Bhuvan cannot fathom the signs of her distress.
Their good intentions are tried at every step until the day when Aruna’s past revisits her. Bhuvan’s silences, Aruna’s distrust and the resurrection of her troublesome past lead to a downward spiral in their life that shakes Aruna to the core.
As she stands on the precipice of a second failed marriage, Aruna tries one last time to take control of her life, something she had willingly surrendered last time.
Does she succeed in saving her marriage? Or is she held back by her own apprehensions, choosing to stay victim?
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