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The Edge of Desire

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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Can a woman's humiliation change the destiny of a nation? It did in the Mahabharata. And it does, once again, in the lawless Bihar of the 1990s...

When journalist Shruti Ranjan, newly-wed wife of the Deputy Commissioner of Kishanganj in the lawless Bihar of the 1990s, is brutally raped by a ‘politically sheltered local goon’ all of her attempts at getting justice are crushe
Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Hachette India
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3.75 STARS!

When I discovered The Edge of Desire by Tuhin A. Sinha, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The blurb sounded promising and the reviews gave a positive feedback. But, the thing about Indian writing is that I could never feel connected to it. Some books just work out fine for me, while others lead to a disappointment. So it is obvious that I was a bit skeptic about it. Still, I decided to give it a try, and I kept an open mind. Well, after reading this book, I’m glad I made the right choice.
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Hachette India for providing me a Review Copy.

Heads Up : This is going to be one of my longest reviews ever.

Anyone who knows me would know that I don't read much of Indian writing, not because I have something against it (which obviously, I don't) but more because I can't relate to the writing style. However, after reading the synopsis, I started reading The Edge Of Desire, not just with an open mind but also with a lot of interest because the plot seemed to be deep and powerful.

Sahanaa Elangovan
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The desires and decisions made by a woman who is emotionally forsaken by her lover and brutally raped by local goons.The story delves on how politics has a positive turnover on Shruthi's life which she later discovers as an acute obstinance . Men had been the reason behind her success and losses. The author had beautifully stroked the male characters who had been pillars behind the impeding times, she faces an enigma to define her relationship between them ( one who betrayed her(lover), her ment ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book is a not so good treatment of a very electric subject. The author attempts to cover up a long and tragic journey of a women but lacked the depth whether its the portrayal of the characters and there actions. Language is good but sounds more like a news report than a story. At times author tried to draw a parallel between the "Draupadi" in the Mahabharata with the protagonist of the novel which were too deliberate to make an impact. Though the story has its grip and flow in the beginning ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
one of the best i have read so far..u can't put the book down without finishing it..
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
By Tuhin A Sinha. Grade: B
This is perhaps the bestselling novelist’s most anticipated release. We have seen him steadily trying his hand at radically different – and difficult – plots, from That Thing Called Love to The Captain and later, Of Love and Politics. Naturally, I too was undeniably eager for this one, and the blurb proved fodder to my imagination.
When journalist Shruti Ranjan, newly-wed wife of the Deputy Commissioner of Kishanganj in the lawless Bihar of the 1990s, is brutally raped b
Vibina Venugopal
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Its a tale of Shruthi Ranjan who leaves Delhi resigning her job as a journalist discovering her boy friend with a common friend..She is utterly devasted at the indifference of her boyfriend's attitude..Living with her parents she is subjected to constant pressure of marriage ,enters Rohit Verma, Deputy commissoner of Kishanganj in Bihar..Lawless is in every aspect of life in Kishanganj..Her life turns upside down when she is raped and justice is denied ..When justice is nearly denied she grabs t ...more
Paakhi Srivastava
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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This book is a narrative of Shruti Ranjan a former journalist whose fate takes her to become deputy home minister to Sharad Malviya a charismatic political leader who envisions India as a nationally n culturally integrated country. The book intends to take the reader through dilemas, suffering, anxities, anguish of victim of rape to the becoming of a national leader. The book is intricately woven with adequate closure in the end. The disconnect between emotion and narration seems apparent. I cou ...more
Priyanka Kulkarni
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Edge of desire is an excellent book. One because it is fast-paced and keeps you hooked and two because it interests you at many different levels. There is a variety of themes that Tuhin Sinha effortlessly weaves into one awesome read! The book explores relationships, politics, social issues and is a very vivid insight into the India of the 90's. Tuhin does not steer clear of handling controversial topics but handles them in a subtle dignified manner without making them unnecessarily sensatio ...more
Pooja Mehta
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice book. I liked the story and the theme but I felt that it was a little overdose of politics. I would have liked more focus on the relationships. Somewhere I think the author has tried to include too many political issues. But apart from that, I feel the book has a good pace and is written very well. It is a very apt portrayal of male chauvinism and a woman's struggle against it. Unfortunately, though the book is written about the India of the 1990s, whether it's politics or male domination o ...more
Abhishek Rao
May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I heard great stuff about writings of Mr Tuhin Sinha and was expecting something different and refreshing.But all I could find was same old beaten story about victimization glossed with unwanted tragedies.
But I would like to congratulate the author for venturing into politics,victimization and human emotions in a reader friendly manner.
Gorab Jain
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian
Not very impressed.
The first 5 chapters were almost similar to 1999 bollywood film Shool. Thankfully the plot changed after that, but unfortunately that too felt like reading another boring bollywood script.
Chirag Desai
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Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
By Tuhin A Sinha. Grade: B

This is perhaps the bestselling novelist's most anticipated release. We have seen him steadily trying his hand at radically different - and difficult - plots, from That Thing Called Love to The Captain and later, Of Love and Politics. Naturally, I too was undeniably eager for this one, and the blurb proved fodder to my imagination.

When journalist Shruti Ranjan, newly-wed wife of the Deputy Commissioner of Kishanganj in the lawless Bihar of the 1990s, is brutally raped b
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: indian-author
A tranquil and stable life of Shruti falls apart after she is brutally raped by politician-cum-goon, Salim Yadav. In order to find justice for herself and other rape victims, she accepts the offer of oppositionist politician Sharad Malviya, and enters politics. Soon she finds herself in the world led and manipulated by men.

I truly admire Tuhin Sinha for touching issue of unpunishable rapes in India. Shruti symbolizes every woman who wss1.jpgas raped and could not find justice. It always works th
Kaushal Dhruw
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Tuhin A. Sinha has done a wonderful job in creating this novel. The journey of woman from no-one to someone is awesome. I enjoyed reading her journey. But my enjoyment was short lived.

After about 150-160 pages (half of the story). The turn of events seems irrelevant. The first half of the story is a treat but the other half is like reading Indian history via some documentary files. I had to force myself to finish this story, I lost interest after I finished like 60-65% of it. Most of the things
Amruta Joshi
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book displays the story of women who arise as phoenix bird from the ashes.

The story revolves around Protagonist shruti Ranjan .Who used to work as journalist and her boyfriend Abhay betrays her love. Then she is married to honest IAS Officer Rohit who was posted to Bihar there was no place for law n order. One day, she is raped by the villainous politician-cum-goon, Salim Yadav.

She fails to obtain justice. At that time opposition leader Sharad gives her election ticket to contest Lok Sabha
Tarinee Prasad
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
after reading last 6-7 books in kindle , i decided its high time to go for a physical book .No offence to my kindle which has time and again stood by me and proved to be a very useful friend but there is something about holding a physical book and it's smell of old ,new pages . that's how i met the edge of desire,with a beautiful cover page, at our local book shop :)
now about the book."in today's age of monosyllabic phrases and grammatically horrifying sms-lingo ,its commendable to have a writ
Rajendra Kumar
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just couple of few days more and we will celebrate our Independence Day once again, but it’s not a topic. My mind suddenly strikes with some issues that are interrelated with women empowerment & freedom with their dignity. On last year I was going through this book and just ended on the eve of Independence Day, no doubt a decent story but comprehensive narration that holds the reader between character’s individual contest and political screw. The bout to get the justice, the struggle to get the ...more
Sundarraj Kaushik
Based on the rape of a woman in Bihar. The protagonist gets married after catching her live-in partner in an intimate position with her girl-friend. She leaves her career in journalism and joins her IAS husband who is posted in a remote district of Bihar. The caste politics has just peaked in Bihar and a person called Salim Yadav, having the right caste and religion has become a menace in the district.
She tries to prevent his cohorts from raping a mentally retarded girl in public. Her husband tr
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
As far as the politics fans go, it is the best roller coaster ride that you can get on. Tuhin has done complete justice to the story. He has touched upon all the state, central politics issues, terrorism and naxalism. Even the Kashmir issue has been handled very well by him. The characters in the book are defined very well and you can easily relate to them. The best part of the book is that it’s a very well researched book and though it’s a complete work of fiction, most of the characters would ...more
Rishi Prakash
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I had read Tuhin's first book more than a year back which incidentally was also his first book. It was a nice book but somehow had forgotten about him till I saw this book release! He has already written 4 books in last 6 years which is not bad by any standards and now I won't forget that is for sure!
This book is a good take on an individuals fight against the Indian legal, political and social system. It has touched lot of issues which must have happened some time in the last 3 decades in India
Saurabh Khetan
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Author try to narrate very strong subject at very beginning. i was too excited to read about the condition of Bihar and life of people over there in 90's. Which was well carried by the author at the beginning. but as the story goes further it take the new direction.

Story completely change it's subject from Bihar commotion, and author try to give new picture to complete story.

Rohit character was completely shadowed though his lives was equally full of turmoil and out of control, though he was als
Debayan Biswas
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
The biggest USP of this book is that it is a fast-paced story - keep you at the edge of your seat. However, it can get too cliched at times. There are some inexplicable twists especially Shruti's ascendancy in politics, and Sharad Malviya's affinity towards her. The strong, iron-willed character that the author tries to make you believe Shruti is, is hardly ever corroborated with a strong bias for action in the front stage. The fact that the author shows her as a confused and indecisive individu ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Overall a good story but the author seems to have a very skewed sense of history. I wonder which school taught him that people in north India look different to those in the south because of the rapes done by Aryans to the locals. While the Aryan invasion theory itself is proven to be a hoax and trying to force-fit such analogies leave a very bad taste. It is almost that the reader is trying to prove his point by obstructing the normal flow of the story. Similar analogies can be found with the fo ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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i just finished reading the edge of desire yesterday. i started in the afternoon as a casual read and i thought i will just read a few pages and keep it. but i was surprised that it hooked me from the very beginning. i was done with 100 pages in 1-2 hours and after a long time a book had gripped me so badly. i just took a break for eating and even missed the ipl match which i am so fond of! the edge of desire is an amazing read and the story and its characters are so beautifully written, i kept ...more
Ankur Chawla
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I must say i am impressed with the book although still reading about to finish... impressed because of the following points.

1. good pace is maintained throughout the book.
2. No unnecessary lengthy descriptions wasting paper and time on unwanted object of the plot.
3. language is simple and precise.
4. the writer has touched many controversial topics by the medium of characters and posed an impressive view point on the issues by means of juxtaposition of characters movements in the whole plot.
5. Of
The writers nicely autographed first book came in my hands during the Times Literary Carnival,2014.Bihar being my in-laws place, I was quite curious about this story.The heightened curiosity was also because my husband had told me that it was based on a true story.Reading few pages got me hot-glued to the book; the reason being twofold-1) I was a working woman and had just resigned voluntarily after few months of marriage while I started this book 2) the book had quite a lot of historical refere ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The plot and the story of the book to me is a symphony of stories picked from real life incidents.. However the presentation is very well. Mr. Malviya's character is kind of interesting and I think Tuhin did justice with the characters and their presentation...

Overall the book is worth a read if only you understand a bit of political dynamics.. From a fiction stand point this is overly exaggerated. Nevertheless Tuhin's writing style is catchy.. I would certainly wait for his next

Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book was fast paced..very succint and kept my interest it in a day..liked the story..the political backdrop,
a girl's struggle to prove herself in the difficult field of politics,how she is pulled between her husband and her mentor

However,the writer's attempt of a comparison between the main character and Draupadi was not required and i think he was not able to do justice to that.Overall a good quick read.
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Tuhin was born and brought up in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. He completed his schooling at Loyola School, and obtained a B.Com (H) from the Hindu College, University of Delhi and Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Communications Management from the National Institute of Advertising, New Delhi. He is married to Ramyani DasGupta Sinha.

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