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December 17, 2015 / subramanyam

This one keeps you on the Edge.

Amazon amazed me again.  I was searching for books on Indian politics and I received “The Edge of Desire” as a suggestion.  I have never heard about Tuhin A Sinha before  but then a female protagonist and a plot on Indian politics saw me buying the book in the next few minutes.

Here is the video trailer of the book

Here is the blurb of the book.

When journalist Shruti Ranjan, newly-wed wife of the Deputy Commissioner of Kishanganj in the lawless Bihar of the 1990s, is brutally raped by a ‘politically sheltered local goon’ all of her attempts at getting justice are crushed by a corrupt and complicit state government. That’s when the charismatic Sharad Malviya, a leading member of the Opposition party, offers her an unlikely solution: his party’s ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections. 

Left with little to choose from, Shruti agrees, only to realize that being catapulted to an enviable position of power in an all-man’s world comes at a price. Caught between her mentor and her spouse – both upright but ultimately flawed men – and a host of envious others who continue to cast aspersions on her character, she struggles to address the larger problems of the country.

Taunted for being a ‘Draupadi’ she makes the curse her identity and resolutely fights her fate…

 What did I like in the book? 

The idea to begin with, I mean we do read about rape victims, but imagine someone taking the fight to the highest level.  Imagine a  woman who fights her way all the way till the highest echelons of power, inspiring isn’t it?  It was awesome to see a protagonist who was ready to fight it all.

The author touched various topics.  From Kashmir to Kerala, from edgeofdesireNaxalism to Private Armies of the land lords almost everything finds a mention in the book.  I liked that very much.  This speaks about the depth of the research that was done by the author.

While this indeed is a book with politics in the core, we also get to see the emotive side of the characters.  We know politicians as tough people who are immune to shocks, but then they too are human and they do have their personal lives. The clash between personal and professional lives of politicians was well depicted.

Last but not the least I loved Sharad Malviyas character.  India definitely needs leaders like him.  I liked his character even more than that of the protagonist.  His character was indeed an inspiring one.

What I did not like 

I felt that the editing was poor. I read the kindle version and I found that there were a number of typos.  This needs to be rectified in the next edition.

Sometimes one feels that the protagonist was always in two minds about the marriage.  That narrative could have been made a little better  as far as the story around the marriage was concerned.


You need not be a fan of politics to read this book. This is a nice work that will keep you glued to the book and will leave you with a little more knowledge about politics and issues that impact the nation.  Happy reading.


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