Review

‘Seduction by Truth’ by Mukul Kumar

The First impression you get on seeing the Book cover and the title is that it has some erotic content. But surprisingly the book is sans eroticism and has more of a philosophical approach to it.

The blurb on Book:

Shiva is handsome, an irresistible talker, well-off, lives in Delhi’s poshest suburb, is a
dutiful husband to the attractive Akriti and is a perfect father to their little son. So why is he the picture of disenchantment?

Is it that not-so-uncommon human condition-boredom that sometimes accompanies fidelity-that haunts him? In Shiva’s case, the discovery that Akriti has already found distraction with someone else frees him to look for excitement on his own but with a mind conflicted between dharma and desire. Which is the path that he will choose to walk on?

Shiva embarks on a journey to empirically explore different options-the sexually vibrant Sana and Mary, to name a few-but at the end, winds up with more questions than he started out with. To confuse things further, Akriti continues to occupy a tender place in his heart as a woman first and a wife later.

A slice-of-life tale, which is part reality and part legend, Seduction by Truth dare the modern reader to solve civilization’s oldest puzzle-marriage.

What I Liked about it

The book has a basic storyline yet the approach to the story is unique. The concept has more of a philosophical and mythological background to it. Moreover, the book gives readers fodder for thought, leaving the reader to mull over the story long after finishing the book. It is just 180 pages, quite a fast read.

Writing is crisp and narration smooth sans any grammatical mistake. The author didn’t hesitate to use his deep knowledge of Indian and Greek Mythology in his book, which in turn gave it a rather interesting perspective to it. And I must say that the cover of the book is apt to the storyline.

What I didn’t like about the Book

I kinda felt that the characters were weak and failed to leave any impact on me, especially Akriti and Ankur, they were there for the sake of being there. I felt like I was reading a drab script. There is nothing wrong with the story but the only thing missing in it were emotions, and unfortunately, that made all the difference. A little more emotions and this book could have been a 4-star read.

Recommendation

Seduction by Truth is a book that will appeal to people who prefer books with a unique concept. It’s a one time and short read.

I give it 3/5

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