Summary and Story:
A romantic at heart, Aavishka expects her married life to be a romance novel come alive. Complete with white picket fences. She is in for a rude shock as her husband Atharv is far from perfect. On the contrary, he is a mysterious man full of secrets. In turn, she finds herself living a life that she had never imagined.
This is the story of the titular character, Aavishka, which spans over a decade and a half. It is about how marriage changed her as a person and how she dealt with it.
Marriage is not black and white. It has different shades of various colors.
The blurb of the book had intrigued me when I first came across it. The purpose of my blog is also to promote upcoming authors. Cindy is a fellow blogger and an amazing person. Aavishka is her first published fiction book. You might know her from her immensely popular blog, Blogaberry.com. She is also one-half of the Blogaberry Dazzle team. A disclaimer. It has in no way influenced my review of the book.
The book is categorized as romance, but it is more of a pragmatic look at the reality of marriage. A reality a lot of Indian women face. The gaslighting, the need to control, and the constant put-downs. Definitely no rose-tinted glasses here. A short read of under fifty pages, it can be read in one sitting. What’s more, although it is technically a short story, it reads like a full-length one. Quite a feat from a debut author.
Although the book is a work of fiction, it is based on a true story. It is about a positive, independent woman reduced to a mere shadow of herself over the years. There are moments where you want to shake up Aavishka and hope she dumps her husband. But let’s be real, that is not always easy. Particularly in a country like India.
Morality and ethics. It is human nature to justify our actions and believe we are doing the right thing.
The plot primarily revolves around the couple. There are others characters too, but I don’t want to give too much away. The characters are well-etched and the book is also well-paced. It is not at all sad and dreary. In fact, true to her name, Aavishka attempts to reinvent herself time and again. Whether or not she is successful is something you would have to read the book to find out.
What I did find refreshing was that we are made privy to Atharv’s point of view too. In no way does the author justify his behavior. Instead of creating a one-dimensional negative character, she attempts to give us an insight into what drives him to behave the way he does.
The author raises a pertinent question at the end of the book. Why do people enjoy poking their noses where they do not belong? Married couples are often harassed with questions like “when are you giving us the good news”, “Why haven’t you had a kid yet, time is running out”. And often much worse. These well-wishers (not) are not aware of what the couple might be going through. The couple does not owe anyone an explanation for their personal decisions or provide a timeframe. It is time people minded their own business.
Crisper editing would have worked well but it is a great attempt by a first-time author nonetheless. I personally did not agree with the ending. But then, I completely respect the author’s prerogative. It is her story to tell.
I am looking forward to reading more works of fiction by Cindy. If you enjoy realistic stories, I recommend you pick up the book.Aavishka by Cindy Ann D'Silva Book Review #BookReview @cindyanndsilva @nooranand #BlogaberryDazzle #BohoPonderings Click To Tweet
About Cindy Ann D’Silva:
Cindy Ann D’Silva is a blogger, influencer, content writer, and a belly dance instructor. Prior to this, she had a full-time job and sang with a band and choir in Kuwait, where she was born and bred. Currently, she resides in Bangalore with her husband and two kids.
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