Dance Like a Man by Mahesh Dattani | Review

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Name: Dance Like a Man


Author: Mahesh Dattani


Genre: Drama/Play


Pages: 75 pages


Format: Paperback


Publishing Details: 1st January 2006 by Penguin Books


Summary: Jairaj Parekh and his wife Ratna, aging Bharatnatyam dancers, are engaged in finding a substitute mridangam player to accompany their daughter Lata at her performance at a high-profile dance festival. Lata, in the meantime, nervously awaits the meeting between her parents and Viswas, the young man she wishes to marry. When the four meet, and in the conversations and discussions that follow, the fissures in the relationship between Jairaj and Ratna begin to explode into high-strung battles which lead back to their own youth and the tragedy that lies at the heart of their discord. The younger couple have their own issues to contend with: the obvious mismatch between the two sets of parents, the arguments over Lata’s career as a dancer after marriage and most unsettling of all, Lata’s attempt to balance her parents’ ambition with her own needs and desires. A brilliant study of human relationships and weaknesses framed by the age-old battle between tradition and youthful rebellion, Dance Like a Man has been hailed as one of the best works of the dramatic imagination in recent times.


Review: This play may seem very drab in the beginning but there are gems of conflict, repression, dedication, feminism, patriarchy, the love for art, prostitution, politics and much more underlying it.
The characters have different voices and opinions. They view the events unfolding in their own perspective.
Ratna, the mother has been through much grief in the past. But what stays prominent is the jealousy she harbors towards the success of her only daughter, wishing fruitlessly that she had the fame that her daughter was getting.
She not only loses something very important to her blinded by the need for fame, she also feels the same pull now. Its difficult being a mother as well as trying to make a name for yourself in that year in India. Even today, its something that not many achieve. Feminism creeps into the story without making an entrance.
Jairaj, the father has lost his will and desire to dance after the fateful events. Even so, unlike Ratna he is proud of his daughter and all that she has achieved. His relationship with his own father has molded him into the ever-supporting father and even though he hates his old man, he can’t help but remember him.
Lata, the daughter is walking down the path that her parents once set on, and then laid out for her to go on. She’s a strong independent woman who does nor back down from her opinions even if her fiance or anyone else for that matter objects to it.
Viswas played a small role. So no thoughts for him.
Overall, a great play.


Rating:  4

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Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef | Book Review

Its been so long! I’ve been busy.. Gah! Anyway, another Book Review! The next blog post will probably be my March Wrap – Up, and then A trilogy review! Yay! What are you currently reading?


Title:

Wind Catcher


Author:

Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef


Series/Stand Alone:

#1 in The Chosen Series


Publisher:

Evolved Publishing | March 1st 2015


Pages:

325 pages


Genre:

Fantasy/YA


Format:

eARC from the publisher through NetGalley.


Summary:

Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.

When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage.

Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.

All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average — could never be average. Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.


Review:

I recieved this book from netgalley for an honest review.
This book follows a young girl who has to come in terms with the fact that she is not an ordinary girl and that his grandfather is not what he seems to be.
Having faced problems already because of the fact that she is half-Indian, Juliet’s life takes a wild turn when people start getting murdered and all the points lead to some kind of a pact which also includes his grandfather.
So she tries to unveil the mystery with a couple of her friends.
I really liked her relation with Troy in the start, however as the novel progressed and Juliet came to know about things hidden from her by none other than the two people she trusts the most, she has to act fast.
I really liked Sicheii, her grandfather and was a bit disappointed with the end.

This was action packed and fast paced. The writing was simple and on point.
But it didn’t blow my mind or anything.


Rating:

3