REVIEW OF THE BOOK- Co-Wife
By- Pradipta Panda
Paperback: 381 pages
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Private Limited; First edition (14 September 2016)
THE PLOT AT A GLANCE-
Pradipta Panda, in his book, ‘Co-wife’ on the LGBT community, poignantly captures the pathos, the problems and the mental trauma faced by the LGBT community. His story revolves around the relationship of a straight woman, Pranami and a gay man, Manav, whom she loves. Manav is a bisexual and a crusader of the LGBT community. The story through real life stories of gays and lesbians brings to light their experiences and raison d’être for choosing to love, live life and have sex with partners of the same sex. Pranami is caught in a web of conflict and deceit—will she succeed in her dream of being able to marry Manav? Or will he choose to remain gay? Or will her brother, also a gay, succeed in his scheme of marrying her off to his gay lover to get hold of her property? Will a society that criminalizes the LGBT community accept their marriage, even if it happens? Will the LGBT community ever get justice and peace to fit into society? The term wife is self-explanatory and needs no definition. However, what and who is a co-wife? What does this term signify? Read ‘Co-wife’ to understand—the mystery behind a co-wife—and the ethos of the LGBT community.
Co-Wife usually means one of two or more women who are married to the same man in polygamy. Apparently the title looks simple, but it has a metaphorical meaning to it. There’s a Greek legend about how true lovers are really two halves of the same person. It says that people wander around searching for their other half, and when they find him or her, they are finally whole and perfect. The thing that gets me is that the story says that originally all people were really pairs of people, joined back to back, and that some of the pairs were man and man, some woman and woman, and others man and woman. What happened was that all of these double people went to war with the gods, and the gods, to punish them, split them all in two. That’s why some lovers are heterosexual and some are homosexual, female and female, or male and male. I believe the title is appropriate and perfect for the story.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK:
The genre of the book is very unique and special. We do have romantic and thrilling plots getting published very often, but how many times you have seen a book where LGBT and the problems or the circumstances which they face are highlighted? Perhaps this entire concept makes the book very unique.
Sometimes it takes more than shouting it to show your pride. It takes more than a sign, a fabulous outfit, or a month of parades. Pride has to resonate from within; shine out to everyone around you. It has meant something to you and only you first before you announce it to the world. All the three characters in the book are beautifully plotted and especially the love triangle between two men and a woman. My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what colour their skin is, or their religion. Why make life miserable for someone when you could be using your energy for good? We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful. When you hear people making hateful comments, stand up to them. Point out what a waste it is to hate, and you could open their eyes.
We very often point the LGBT community as something from which we should be refrained of. I believe Freedom isn’t just about voting and marrying and kissing on the street, although all of these things are important. Freedom is also about what you will allow yourself to do. We never realize how a gay or a lesbian behaves when they fall in love. And what happens when a person outside the LGBT community enters this relationship?
The plot is very indulging and interesting because it highlights something we don’t happen to think. If one does not make an ego out of gender, one would still know whether one is a man or a woman, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender—whatever else we may think of. But those identities need to fit very loosely and be worn very lightly. All sense of privilege or deprivation that has developed around one’s gender identity, all rigidity regarding proper roles and behaviours for the various genders, must be cut through. I still remember in 2014, an American television show interviewed Russians about their country’s oppressive laws against the LGBT community. To explain what had inspired her decision to protest these laws, one woman quoted a line from Angel: “If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do.”
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK-
VERY INTERESTING AND A TRENDING THEME.
BEAUTIFUL CHARECTERISATION ESPECIALLY OF PRANAMI
A true and a very appropriate genre selection with regards to the current worldwide scenario.
Drawbacks (believe me, the negative points are negligible if you compare to the positive aspects)
The blurb could have been made more interesting and a bit elaborative.
The cover and illustration are very common. Maybe it could have been made more unique and attractive.
A great piece of story weaved with emotions throughout.
You would feel “human beings are human beings, just treat everyone like that.”
Overall I would like to rate the book 46 on a scale of 50.
5 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 10/10
Net emotions in the story- 10/10
Usage of words and phrases-9/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
The net impact on the readers- 9/10
Once again i would like to say that Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it. We’re all people. We’re all equal
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pradipta Panda was born in 1976. A thinker and an entrepreneur he portrays lively characters in a simple way in the story. His previous successful books are ‘Under One Roof’ and ‘In God’s Wishlist’. He completed his post-graduation in Journalism and MBA in HR. Presently; he is working at Bank of India. Your valuable comments will certainly help the think tank to narrate more lively characters among us. Feel free to write to him on social media.