'The Second Choice' is the debut novel by Lakshmi Mennon. She has been a writer for a long time now, however, this is her first venture into full fledged novel.
When she offered me to review her book, I was more excited at the prospect of reading it than the actual review. You see, I have a special respect for debutante writers, especially who write fiction, as i believe it takes an amazing lot of hard work and patience to write fiction!!
So anyhow, here's my 'personal' Review of the novel.
Plot: The story deals with the marriage of Pavithra and Venu, both of whom unwillingly enter into matrimony a second time for the sake of their daughters, Anu and Indu. Pavithra lost her husband Anand after 4 years of marriage. Venu's wife, Soumya, gave him a divorce and asked him to remarry after she became paralysed.The plot unravels the complexities of longing and frustrations. Venu and Pavithra cannot understand each other. Their children find it hard to adjust to the situation. Although Soumya lives far away in Kerala she is an invisible presence in the house.
I found the plot to be a very realistic one, in present times, when divorce and remarriage is fast becoming common in Indian society, this story deals with the facts and realities of remarriage , especially when it involves children.
The two main protagonists undergo a sea of emotions and experiences over a period of 15 years, which transforms them as individuals and also as partners. I really liked the slow growth of the various characters over time, especially Pavithra who transforms from a helpless widow to a successful professional banker and mother. As a woman and a very independent minded one, I really liked her transformation. The other two female characters, namely the daughters Anu and Indu are also well written, they behave as as growing children do...especially ones who have to be the children in a remarriage!!
My only grudge is that I did not like the ending for Pavithra(im not letting out the ending here, you guy have to read the novel to find out!!)
I would recommend this novel as nice light read in between your flight/train/road journeys!!!
p.s. The views expresses here are my own and have not been influenced by any sponsorships!!!