Cuckold - A Book Review

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Cuckold literally means someone with an unfaithful wife. Ah, I suddenly sense your interest rising huh naughty boy! Sorry to disappoint your perverted self, but this is not one of those semi-pornographic novels with graphic intimate narrations. This thing is sheer class.

The infidel in this case is Mira Bai. Infidel because she’s devoted herself to lord Krishna and not to her real husband, Maharaj Kumar, the crown prince of Mewar. Nagarkar has this special ability to recreate an entire surrounding exactly like he’d want you to see. In this case its medieval India. His bilingual skills (English, Marathi) are an added asset.

The infidel in this case is Mira Bai. Infidel because she’s devoted herself to lord Krishna and not to her real husband, Maharaj Kumar, the crown prince of Mewar. Nagarkar has this special ability to recreate an entire surrounding exactly like he’d want you to see. In this case its medieval India. His bilingual skills (English, Marathi) are an added asset.

 

 


Now, you may have seen Jodha Akbar, but this book is a better version of that. Simply because of the number of thrilling subplots and characters. At the centre of it all is the protagonist, the narrator, Maharaja Kumar. He’s like this perfect guy who dares to question the codes, conventions and the underlying assumptions of the feudal world of which he himself is the centre of gravity. This world is described by the author as a web of complex personas and morals dictated by courage, valour and other such big idealist words. Its Mewar, like the Sparta of India, get it!

In Indian legend, this prince has been comfortably ignored or made to look like a villain for most part. Mira Bai has always been glorified at his expense, by showing as the one to shower all sorts of cruelty upon her. Nagarkar dares to play with this assumed stance. He makes the villain the hero and before you know it, you’re in awe of the character. He’s a good son, kind prince and a smart tactician.

Some parts of the book are really reminiscent of Attila the Hun type war stragegy, which is too damn cool and engaging. The best about the book is that is has something to satisfy every type of reader. In the end we all are impressed. And hence this book received the status of a classic in India.

Just that , you know, ‘cuckold’ sounds a little funny! Try saying it. Better still hurl this word at someone like an abuse. Darn you, you cuckold!