HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY TO ALL INDIANS
— PANKAJ SUNEJA
by Pankaj Suneja (Goodreads Author)
Schizophrenia is challenging disorder often characterized by abnormal social behaviour and a significantly altered perception of reality. Its treatment largely depends on medications and psychosocial interventions but no single approach is widely considered effective for all patients. Through this book I offer my readers a glimpse into the multifaceted world of schizophrenia in the form of fictitious storyline revolving around two characters Monty (the psychotic part) and Virginia (the non psychotic part). The boundary between the two is permeable. Monty conjures up ‘Gulabi’, following his abrupt separation from his long time partner, while Virginia, having suffered from a personal loss sets out to follow her lifelong aspiration to travel the world.
There are some books that speak more than the ratings. So if you are in hurry to read a masala novel, you will be disappointed and end up feeling “this is not my taste”.
For those, who are not just seeking emotional journey but keeps their consciousness along, this book is for you.
This book requires that you do not leave your mind away and escape from reality to enter the fiction world. But this book will bring fiction closest to reality. Reality as it as, it can be disturbing, confusing, meaningful and eccentric as well.
MY REVIEW —-
spoiler alert ** I would have given it five stars if only it was lengtheir. The author wrote a short story which described about schizophrenia or psychosis, the first time I came across this word was in my neighborhood. A kid of not more than ten is suffering from psychosis, she talks to herself , confuses over normal stuff, has problems in understanding people and most of the time , she smiles over ordinary things. She is young but looks at life better than us, grinning half the time and is the crux of her family’s life. Monty and Virginia are two different people but both suffering from the same dilemma, a breakup.
Gulabi comes in Monty’s life like a lit candle in darkness. She makes him aware about the real world, how to live it, how to see it. She tells him she is just his projection. She wants Monty to heal from his anger toward the world. She , though not a living person, gives him life, pure air to breathe.
Virginia on the other hand is a completely different case , she has been lied to and used by her ex-boyfriend who is now married with two kids. Virginia loved him , how can she live now?
But she does, by touring the world, finding friends, a certain waitress who also changes her view toward her life.
A very deep tale of two people, who were same but different , a oxymoron but true nonetheless.
I will ask and motivate the author to write more , make the stories lingering coz honestly I wanted to know more.
May peace be upon us!