A Cage of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra

Blurb: ‘There’s a kind of love that makes you go down on one knee, and there’s the kind that brings you down on both. You don’t need the latter, because no matter what you do, you cannot make anyone love you back. ‘Renu had always craved love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books. What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined? Renu’s thirst for love and longing takes her on a poignant journey of self-exploration. The answers come to her when she finds the courage to stand up for herself, to fight her inner demons and free herself from the cage of desires.

About the author: Shuchi Singh Kalra is the Amazon bestselling author of two novels-Done with Men and I’m Big. So What!? Her short stories have appeared in Love across BordersStories for Your Valentine and NAW Anthology 2013. In her freelancing career of over a decade, Shuchi has written for major print and online publications such as FeminaGood HousekeepingHotelier InternationalHuffington Postand Home Review, among others. She has also been listed among the top women authors to follow on Twitter.

Review:  Thank you Shuchi for sharing a copy of your new book with me. It was pleasurable reading it. It took me 2 days to complete A Cage of Desires. The story is about Renu who has been married for the past 15 years to Dev who is a malingerer husband. Renu takes to writing. She is an erotica writer who writes under another name Maya and Arjun is her muse. The story is about love its raise and its fall. Love in this book is uncontrollable and destroying. I sense this story in some way gives us a route to find yourself again or rather repossess yourself after catastrophes. I think highly of Shuchi’s way of writing. She has awesome clarity in her beliefs and attitude. I did not feel this to be that normal boring kind of erotica read despite the fact there is a lot of sexual narration in the story and it has been written in the most acceptabe way. Instead it is about tough heart that materializes from tenderness, the type which can only be exposed by red and pure love form. This book is delectably unlike and Shuchi focused on an aspect of our Indian culture which is always ignored. I really like the characterisation of Renu – an Indian homemaker, who lives an ordinary bland life. The interesting part is her journey from a timid homemaker to an unconventional, free and inspiring woman. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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