Author : K.R Meera
Publisher : Penguin India
Genre : Literary Fiction
” It seems to me, that love could be labelled poison and we’d drink it anyways.”
Blurb (as on Amazon.com):
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.
By turns savage and tender, The Poison of Love is a spellbinding tale of love and sacrifice, pain and retribution, confirming K.R. Meera as one of our most fearless and accomplished writers.
“Love is like milk. With the passage of time, it sours , splits and becomes poison.”
It is a simple story of Tulsi,(the protagonist) who is a bright student in IIT with record marks and excellent career prospects. She falls in love with Madhav, a well known journalist and elopes with him just before her marriage. After being married, she becomes familiar with the emotion of jealousy and incessant pain. Her love for Madhav was pure but his love for her became poison. She was being deprived of her husband’s love and had to share his love with other women.
After 12 years, Tulsi is not Tulsi but a Meera Sadhu living in Vrindavan begging, sweeping floors in the Govind Dev Temple , chanting ‘ Hare Krishna Hare Rama ‘ all day long. She has no one in her life neither Madhav nor her two children Unni and Kanna.
Before beginning of a new chapter there is a black page with ants illustrated on it. The ants are not mere illustrations but a symbol of Death and Decay as they wander around dead bodies. The ants are a constant part of Tulsi’s life.
K.R Meera wrote a shocking, revealing, and heart-rending yet poignant story about dark and destructive love. It is a short story but once you start reading it, you’ll experience heartbreak and numbing pain of loss.
My Rating : 🌟🌟🌟🌟✨
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