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Eleven minutes of pleasure?

A bad marriage is a bad marriage and especially for the Indian
woman who is trapped in such a situation there is little choice but to endure it. But
does she really?
In the normal course of events, boy meets girl either through
parental intervention (in an  arranged
marriage) or divine intervention (in a love marriage), the wedding is fixed and
they live happily ever after. This is what every Indian girl aspires for and
Rihana Bajwa, a sexy young Punjabi girl growing up as the cosseted only
daughter of a wealthy business family in Jaipur is no different. Surprisingly,
Veer Rathore, a dashing Rajput who also comes from a family with related
interests and who grows up in Jaipur, and with a dear friend in common, only
meets Rihana Bajwa while both were on holiday to Thailand. While Rihana is
quite indifferent to Veer’s attention, he apparently falls madly in love with
her and persuades her to join him for coffee if he could swim 100 laps of the
pool. Naturally, he completes the self declared challenge after a few meetings
persuades Rihana to marry him.  The parents
meet; the two get engaged and settle down to a long distance relationship with
Veer trying to set up shop in Delhi while Rihana stays back in Jaipur. With this
seemingly dull courtship it is no wonder that Rihana begins to wonder if all
was right with the world especially when Veer all but ignores her while he is
away.  But pressured by her mother to go
ahead with the engagement and subsequently the wedding, Rihana marries Veer. On
their way to Delhi, they are abducted by four goons who it turns out were
Veer’s friends who under his instructions staged and filmed the whole scene to
be presented as a “film” to the couple at their Delhi reception! From this
point on the book becomes even more and more absurd. Despite being newly wed,
Veer seems to feel no attraction to Rihana and fails to fulfill her sexual
urges. Typically, Rihana becomes increasingly frustrated and Veer becomes the
husband who turns to alcohol, violence and even infidelity while all the time
expecting Rihana to continue playing the good wife, good daughter and good
daughter-in-law. With no one really to turn to, Rihana tries to make a go of a
bad marriage by taking up a job but essentially nothing really helps and Rihana
appeals to both sets of parents to help her out of a marriage that is decidedly
bad. When Rihana’s mother flatly refuses to help her escape this hell-hole,
Rihana goes off to Bombay where she nurtures her talent for fashion designing
and re-invents herself as a fashion designer to the stars. Once again Veer
tries to get his wife back ( for what reason one can’t really figure out) and follows her to Bombay. But this time round, Rihana refuses to toe his line and is specially cut up by his intrusive questioning of her servants. But despite her wanting a divorce, Veer refuses so Rihana has no choice but to force his hand with a staged adulterous dalliance that she manages to contrive with the help of her friends. Ultimately , Rihana gets her divorce and her character tarred with the brush of infidelity but is greatly relieved because all she really wanted was a more gratifying sex life!

“The Deliberate Sinner”, is an attempt to question the stereotype of an Indian marriage where women are vassals of their husbands and have to do as they ask. Bhaavana Arora challenges this basic premise and feels that women and men have an equal right to  expect  and attain sexual fulfillment and personal
ambition.   According to her, most people are conditioned to adapt and maintain
the façade of a loveless and sexually unsatisfying  marriage but not Rihana, the heroine of the
story, who wants out. However laudable the message may be, the narration of the
story which is ho hum and it is only the bold and graphic details of Rihana’s
sexual encounters that differentiates it from the run of the mill novellas. However,
this too is a poor attempt at erotica and doesn’t really do much to alleviate the
tedium. Further compounded with characters
 that are stereotypical and shallow and a
storyline vacillating from trite to preposterous “The deliberate sinner” is an
agonizing read from start to finish and quite frankly I was embarrassed to read it.

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Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

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