Radhika Mishra is a successful Chartered Accountant. She has everything that one could ask for. Yet, her heart desires for something more. Something else. something that requires unsettling the settled. an urge so strong, it forces her to put everything on stake. An endeavour so bold, that would mould her into a new being. Will she be successful or regretful ? One needs to read to find out. About the Author : Ritiqa Pachauri is an English teacher who loves telling stories to children. Virago is her second novel after ‘The Affair’. She lives in Jaipur with her family.
The book had me at the first line of the Blurb: “Radhika Mishra is a successful Chartered Accountant.” My bias for the premise comes from a deep rooted sense of aspiration, yet I tried to keep that aside and review this book, for the most part – independently.
So when this is out of my system, lets get started with the book. It is a short book which you can easily complete in a single sitting of 1-2 hrs depending on your reading speed. Virago is a story of an ordinary woman who tried to do everything right as told by her parents, in-laws and husband.
Radhika comes out as a woman you meet every day; trying to maintain a balance between work and home. She has ordinary household problems, an immature husband and in-laws, who always take their son’s side. She has a son, whom she adores and wants to save the marriage for. By this time, everything seems like a regular plot, until she gets up one day and stands for her own self. Everything changes as she advances on a lesser known path which is full of surprises and sacrifices.
What I liked about the book is the characterisation of Radhika, she is bold, unsure yet always ready to jump into the unknown. Her confusions, her emotions always influence her decisions which makes the character, believable. I loved the relationship between Radhika and her father, it was a breath of fresh air. It also interested me to see the inspirational quality of the story. Though sometimes, the story became too aspirational and less real. I also wished a more detailed character building of Radhika’s husband and other people who played an integral part of the book. Some of the characters appeared abruptly and vanished without a warning, leaving me confused and the story incomplete.
Nevertheless, Virago is a short and light read which can be read anywhere, while travelling or waiting for someone. You wouldn’t need to get into a head space of reading to actually start this book.
Genre: (Drama) Fiction
My Rating: 2.5/5