Under the mango tree by Bina Pillai [Book review]

Book name – Under the mango tree

Author – Bina Pillai

Publisher – Bigfoot publication pvt. Ltd.

Publishing date – 8 Nov 2019

Description

New Delhi. September 1975.Diya Nair is eighteen, a diligent student, hopelessly in love with Aditya. Married against her wishes to Rajagopal, ten years older than her, Diya is exposed to an orthodox family where they follow archaic customs that are alien to her modern upbringing.

Diya Nair is eighteen, a diligent student, hopelessly in love with Aditya. Married against her wishes to Rajagopal, ten years older than her, Diya is exposed to an orthodox family where they follow archaic customs that are alien to her modern upbringing.

Despite this, Diya adjusts to her life in Rajagopal’s ancestral house, winning his family over and even changing some of their regressive practices. But she is not able to understand Rajagopal.She gives her all to the marriage, and is blessed with two wonderful kids who become her world. Only Rajagopal’s erratic, abusive behaviour is a constricting thorn in her side. He continues to break her spirit.

Her thoughts keep returning to Aditya and the mango sapling they had planted together as proof of their love. Eating the fruits of the tree together seems a distant dream, an impossibility. Made resilient by repeated tribulations, will Diya overcome her biggest problems and find peace? Will Aditya and Diya ever reunite? Will Rajagopal mend his ways? Will her confidence help her find the balance in turmoil? And will life come a full circle for Diya under the very mango tree she had planted?

To know more, undertake this nostalgic trip with true incidents, happenings and emotions interspersed with a dosage of fiction.


Trigger warning – domestic violence, depression , anxiety , socialpressure .
The story is emotional. The characters and their motivations are believable, and the plot although simple showcases this character-driven story well. The pacing and writing style, are classical, with the emphasis on narrative and retro dialogue. This doesnโ€™t detract from the story, just gives it a distinctive voice that will appeal to many readers of family drama and relationships.

The ending offers realistic hope for future happiness and the possibility of a follow-up story.

This story is not for faint heart ! In this heart wrenching story , Bina Pillai tells story of a girl Diya who got married with a selfish man Rajgopal even though she loved Aditya , just because of her parents mistake she is suffering everyday in this family . Just wanting to get everything okay ,in control or peace ? But sadly whatever she does nothing satisfy her selfish husband who beat her without any reason or curse her .

She is just surving there just because of her kids . She is strong women but little by little she is becoming depressed . And how she got strength to come out of this relation .

There really is too much to describe in this short review. It is a very interesting novel, and I highly recommend it

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