Tuhin A Sinha’s book “That Thing Called Love” reveals the latent truth and the radical changes that happen in the relationships of contemporary times. This book narrates the complex lives of people in Mumbai in a very simple way. The best thing about the book is that it has interwoven 4 different situations into one story, without complicating it. The book has been written in a very sequential manner, and it keeps the reader engrossed in the story from the beginning till its end. The story seems plausible enough and gives the reader an impression of its proximity to real life. The characters in the book are very well defined; lead protagonist Mayank is shown to be a “confused kid” who wants to fulfill all his fantasies without being wary of what is possible in the real world and what is not. The character Revathi, his love interest, shown as being a successful and accomplished woman, yet not happy, has been defined with ease. Much has been said without being too verbose. The way the author is able to narrate the emotional set back the characters experience is remarkable. The readers will relate to the characters and empathise with them the very moment they start reading the book. The book has not restricted itself to the realms of the traditional love stories, but has explained the harsh and intricate practicality of relationships.
Though the story has been wonderfully written, and is simple to absorb, more than love, the author has explored the lustful side of the human psyche which he makes evident from the very fact that all the characters are dissatisfied with their unfulfilled sensual fantasies. Be it the dutiful Husband Anil who falls prey to the trap of one of his gay colleague and finally relishes their intercourse, or Revathi and Mayank who finally find all their answers with the final act of orgasm. The only exception to this is his friend Vishal who realizes the beauty of feeling of being a father once his wife Gargi gets pregnant.
All the characters in this book are clearly defined and the manner in which the author narrates the story, the reader eventually begins to visualize the effect, be it the nature of Mumbai rains or the way Pranav would look or the changing expressions of Revathi during her conversation with Mayank. The book also keeps the reader engaged in some unexpected events like Gargi aborting Vishal’s child or Tina being discovered a call girl out of the blue. Hence the book has easily maintained the element of surprise. And gives the readers a reason to turn the next page.
This book is a must read for all the people who have a love life but continuously find something missing. This book may finally provide you with some plausible answers to the complexities of relationships.