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Life is a mirage that entices us but when we comes near the reality we will realize that all those we accumulated in our life are just illusions. Man will never realize this truth and behind wealth, women and wine.
Jyothillatha Girija, through her book w(ealth) w(ine) w(oman). man.life, divulges the most underrated yet painful and relevant reality of life
The story revolves around a family which has been toiling to make a living for years. Deserted by a lecherous father-Vasudevan-, who had been running around making new families, the family gets molded in such a way the women in the family end up being misandrists. The wife- Lalitha and Children- Raahul, Devaki and Sona- have least respect for the rogue of a father.
A parallel plot of four culprits escaping from the prison by bribing the officials, add spice to the plot. The way authoress interwove the two plots is brilliant. Two of the prisoners Amir Khan and Raja start a fake firm to pursue their drug trafficking business. They conspire against Raahul and by hook and crook, brings Raahul and Sona to their office as their employees in the pretense of helping a poor family. The story becomes interesting when the two plots crosses and a third plot of a commissioner who indulges in a clandestine investigation against a corrupt minister who was a goon and presently hands in glove with anti-social and anti-national elements.
The story is fast paced and surely engages the readers. There are a lot of current scenarios depicted in the book. The eyeopening message conveyed in the book does not seem forced. The general theme of the book is feminism and at some points a little over the top misandry. However it has been mentioned that the negative assessment doesn’t include even men. The part including Sona was unfortunate and could have been put forth in a different way. This night be a biased view of a mother but I wanted to see the family react differently to her plight.
The narration is excellent and the dialogues added cherries to the cake. I was awestruck to see how, authoress at her age, came up with dialogues that are new-Gen.
About the author
Born in 1935, Jyothirllata Girija started writing in Tamil for children first in 1950 and then was introduced as an adults writer by ANANDA VIKATAN in 1968. She has more than 500 short stories, 25 novels, 50 novellas, 3 full-length plays, several articles on social issues, translation of major part in Tamil of Kiran Bedi s As I see it etc. to her credit. She has won 20 awards so far for her Tamil creations. Her teen-agers novel which already won an award in Tamil Nadu was translated in Ukraine and released during the Festival of India in Moscow in 1987. As for her creations in English, introduced by Vimla Patil of Femina in 1975, she has written about 36 short stories in the Indian periodicals THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA, FEMINA, EVE s WEEKLY, PRATIBHA INDIA, YOUR FAMILY, FICTION REVIEW, WOMAN S ERA, MOVIELAND (MALAYSIA), THE SUNDAY (INDIAN) EXPRESS, THE WEEK END and EVE S TOUCH. Several articles on social and political issues in ALIVE and OPEN PAGE in THE HINDU. Long rhyming poems in couplets that were serialized in POET, Chennai – edited by late Dr. Krishna Srinivas – viz. Ramayana in Rhymes, The Story of Jesus Christ, Voice of Valluvar (Tirukkural, The Tamil Veda), Pearls from the Prophet (300-odd sayings of Prophet Muhammad in verses), Song on the Sun God (English rendering in verses of Aditya Hrudayam) and The Living God at Puttaparthi, in quatrains. Gandhi Episodes, based on Mahatma Gandhi s autobiography, is being serialized now in In METVERSE MUSE, (Visakhapatnam), edited by Dr. H. Tulsi. Also several single poems in anthologies of various poetry magazines of India.