Book: A Cage of Desires
Author: Shuchi Singh Kalra
Genre: Romance Fiction
Published by: Penguin Books
Number of pages: 216 pages
My Rating: 4/5
MY REVIEW: The author Shuchi Singh Kalra generously provided me with a copy of her book.
The story is realistic in the sense that it reflects the plight of most Indian women today. They are expected to put aside their own thoughts and feelings and follow the wishes of their husbands and in-laws.
Renu is such a woman, a housewife who toils from morning to night taking care of her two children and cranky father-in-law. Her husband Dev, who lives in another city for work purposes, is distant and withdrawn from her.
However, Renu has a secret: she is the bestselling author of erotic novels written under the pen name Maya! Though she has earned a lot of fame and wealth through her novels, she dare not reveal her identity to the world out of fear of offending her husband and father-in-law.
The family takes on a new tenant, a single man named Arjun. Renu finds herself drawn to him and slowly enters into a relationship with him as she is extremely unhappy and lonely.
A lot of changes take place in Renu’s life and in her relationship with both the men, i.e. Arjun and Dev. It transpires that both the men are concealing things from her.
Will Renu finally take on the identity of Maya before the world? Does she find the peace and happiness that she craves?
I recommend “A Cage of Desires” to readers as a modern story that beautifully depicts a woman’s struggle to find her true self.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shuchi Singh Kalra is a freelance writer and is also the author of two previous novels. She can be followed on Twitter on her handle @shuchikalra