When Tulsi first meets Madhav, she is irrevocably drawn to his chiselled good looks and charm. Although wary of his many dalliances and the string of broken hearts left in his wake, she is surprised by the intense desire that Madhav arouses in her. And before long, she forsakes her family, her prospective career, her fiancé–all for the love of this inscrutable man. But love can be like poison. And nothing can prepare Tulsi for the heartache and betrayal that lie ahead. Years later, Tulsi escapes to the ancient city of Vrindavan, seeking redemption amidst the cries and prayers of its anguished widows. However, when her past catches up with her, old wounds resurface with dramatic consequences.
It is the kind of book you’ll enjoy if you love beautifully written stories that you and I might interpret in our own ways, a story that might sting but makes you feel something. A kind of story that you might have read in the eyes of many women you have met and know, women who are alive but hardly. A story, parts of which you might have heard as an advisory in hushed voices to young women. A story which is fiction but might be a reality. A beautiful story of a smart young woman who leaves everything behind for love to end up in a emotionally and mentally abusive relationship,filled with gaslighting which ultimately poisons her and everyone she loved. It’s a short story so I’ll not spoil it.
** If you loved ghachar ghochar, this book would be a define recommendation**