Title: A Waiting Wave
Author: Kulpreet Yadav
Publisher: Cedar Books
How would it feel to have a book on your lap, a novel which had no complicating plot to make your already exhausted brain work overtime, just a simple tale that you could swim through and enjoy thoroughly? Well! ‘A WAITING WAVE’ is exactly that – simple, pleasant accompanied by a nice blending of nature’s turmoil and a man’s love gone awry. Just as nature expresses her frustration and comes back to normaleventually, so does the man’s love!
“The Gods who conceived the concept of love must have been pretty messed up people. First, they prepared and then blurred the dividing line between love and sex, but only for men. Second, they made it an incorrigible disease, the absence and presence of which both brought equal amount of pain, again just for men. And finally, they gave the veto power to the women. Imagine, can a man every say no if the girl took the first step. There is no question of his saying anything, because she would never take the first step even for the man she intends to spend a lifetime in love with. Nowimagine, can a woman ever say yes to a man if he took that first step, his brain has been sculpted to take. Even if she wanted, she would say no, hesitatingly or emphatically. Now you see, how the hell the man is supposed to know what the woman wants. “
Never before was gloom and misery so simply put especially the part when the protagonist Harry wants to run away from his problems and only lands up realizing that his escape was all ‘meaningless..’ as “ the ocean ate my words, the hills swallowed it and the road stayed like a blackened caterpillar, without a reaction, staying, deathly calm.”
I liked the part immensely when Harry is on his first date. The emotion expressed from a man’s perspective is told so well and gently. The same applies to the part when Kulpreet writes about the protagonist’s girlfriend Kareena’s perceptions about boys and men, and how girls and women rise above them all. That particular paragraph, I found really nice because it was as if the author was living inside a woman’s mind! Whether or not she is right is a different matter!
Port Blair, the surroundings – the description is all very nicely portrayed with intriguing and informative details about the tribals residing there.
The blending of nature (like the tsunami), even the spirit world with humanity and human emotions stands out in this tale of love lost and gained thereafter. The lovely part of the novel is the realization that even though All Is Not Well, All Is Not Lost Either!