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What are book reviews for? Some are to vent righteous spleen—a scribbler has wasted our time, and here is the moment for revenge. Some are to establish superiority—what an author has made a critic can now break. Some are to whet the appetite—a writer has captivated our attention, and now we want to entice others into the same delighted captivity. They part with some of their money and invest some of their life. I will venture to attempt to snaffle you into it, and upon my head be it.
Mrs Rupa Mehra , with the unfortunate suicide of her husband Raghubir Mehra, became a worrisome widow at a young age and had sacrificed immensely for the sole happiness of her children Arun, Savita, Varun and Lata. Arun, an authoritative, anglicized, pseudo-intellectual married the love of his life Meenakshi Chatterjee, an amorous and materialistic woman. Their prodigious daughter Aparna is ardently loved by Mrs Rupa Mehra. Varun is peopled as a pessimistic, under confident wino, incessantly bullied by his brother who astonishingly manages to ornament himself by becoming an IAS officer towards the end of the tome. Savita has been best described by her affectionate sister as one who was born to be married.
Such a length is said to be unparalleled in English literature, and indeed the length in itself is amazing. Fancy actually writing that incredibly long story, and controlling it from beginning to end. It took him seven years to complete, he said and three to recover. Some people actually complained it strained their wrists, LOL.