Book Title: Seduction by Truth
Author: Mukul Kumar
Format: Paper Back
Total Number of Pages: 180 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Publishing Date: 10 October 2018
Shiva is handsome, an irresistible talker, well-off, lives in Delhi’s poshest suburb, is a
dutiful husband to the attractive Akriti and is a perfect father to their little son. So why is he the picture of disenchantment?
Is it that not-so-uncommon human condition-boredom that sometimes accompanies fidelity-that haunts him? In Shiva’s case, the discovery that Akriti has already found distraction with someone else frees him to look for excitement on his own-but with a mind conflicted between dharma and desire. Which is the path that he will choose to walk on?
Shiva embarks on a journey to empirically explore different options-the sexually vibrant Sana and Mary, to name a few-but at the end, winds up with more questions
than he started out with. To confuse things further, Akriti continues to occupy a tender place in his heart-as a woman first and a wife later.
A slice-of-life tale, which is part reality and part legend, Seduction by Truth dares the modern reader to solve civilization’s oldest puzzle-marriage.
Starting from the cover of the book is a picture of golden apple enclosed with barbwire and fire around it. The cover is alluring and awe-inspiring can make the reader pick up the book by just looking at the cover. The title of the book “Seduction By Truth” is apt according to the plot. The cover and the title complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination. It’s always great to read a book when it not only has an interesting cover or title but a great story as well.
This is the story of main protagonist Shiva who is in early forties successful businessman, married with Akriti and son Ankur. But after a certain age, Akriti had lost interest in having sexual pleasure-seeking with him. The lack of desire for sex in Shiva’s life makes him questionable on marriage and doubts that his wife is having an affair with another man and realizes that must be the reason for his wife’s lack of interest in him. Instead of asking or fighting about his wife affair, he decides to handle the situation in another way by taking a silent revenge to prove the sexual desire to other women. On Shiva’s journey to find the reason behind lack of desire in married life. He encounters Sana- the personal secretary who is not happy with her husband, Zeba- who unhappy in her marriage and was mercilessly neglected by her husband a victim of polygamy and the last women Mary- unmarried Italian who doesn’t believe in marriage and considers having sex a sin. Shiva with his knowledge about the historical and mythological character was able to convince about adultery. To know more read the book.
The author’s strongest point is a plot with a unique theme. Language is simple crisp and lucid and has the ability to bring live the events narrated in the book. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book. He has portrayed each and every character with the utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The only character that left me a bit confused was that of Akriti, maybe the author should have added one more chapter with her side of the story. The climax could have been much better with a clear conclusion. The storyline is gripping as well as intriguing and the author has been able to do full justice to it. The pace of the story was steady and smooth. The narration of the events is done brilliantly. The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited.
Looking forward to read more books by the author.
Overall ratings 4/5 Star
About the Author
Mukul Kumar is a civil servant of the batch of 1997. An Indian Railway Traffic Service officer, he is currently posted in the Ministry of Railways, New Delhi. A graduate of Kirori Mal College, Mukul has studied Public Administration at the prestigious Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
His publications include an anthology of English poems, The Irrepressible Echoes (2012), and his first work of fiction, As Boys Become Men (2016).