Justice In Love

Review of Injustice; Sanjiv Bhatla; Crabwise Press 2011; Rs 300; pp 237

– Shana Susan Ninan

Justice in love is much more than the capacity to deliver a well-timed orgasm. When seen through one’s eyes, mired in personal egos, differences, possessiveness, selfishness and of course greed, love takes on a different meaning. When the people involved in the process have different means to a similar end, there you can experience the injustice of love. Sanjiv Bhatla likes to play with words – and his fourth work, Injustice portrays that successfully. It was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2007.

J, as the protagonist is referred to mostly, likes to have it both ways – be in love and keep his hands clean. Set in the background of India’s most famous stock market scam, J is a dealer in shares, with lots of time to spend and almost that much money to buy his loves. He’d like to keep both his girlfriends, lifelong. That’s not such a bad idea, but the girls have their own plans and work towards it, too! Each of them, or at least, J and Nisha has a back-up plan. Nisha has a “husband” she claims she once loved and wanted. J has Lina, an unassuming village girl who tries her luck in the big city, Mumbai.

It reflects on the trend of having a back-up. We have a back-up for everything: computer files, contacts on the cell phone, financial plans…. In love, too, we often need a back-up – what if I get ditched? What if I’m not satisfied? What if I’m not able to satisfy? This tendency to think on the tentativeness of all our relationships lend greed to man’s emotions (and women’s, as well).

In many parts of the book you can “feel” the difference in meaning between, ‘in justice’ and ‘injustice’. The strongest in the climax when justice is delivered to one of the parties. Or so we think. Sanjiv writes with conviction – the thoughts and ideas expressed hits you directly. It comes from a life of observance and good memory. His latest book, like his long poem, A Sinner Says, is deep with emotions –you can feel them, as you read. The success of a writer is not in making the reader feel what the writer has felt, but in what the reader feels is what he himself has gone through. And Sanjiv is positively on that road.

The author dwells upon ‘God’, or the lack of that being, and the significance of the ‘I’ in Injustice as well. But in this novel, there’s a difference in the role of God in the characters’ lives and His interference in theirs.

The first and the last part of the book are engaging, with lots of conversation and action going on. The middle seems to drag a bit – but then again monologues and intra-personal thoughts are necessary to establish the characters. I just wish the pace was picked up a bit in that area.

Brilliantly woven story of our lives I’d say – because the acts and emotions we read in the book often points to at least one incident in our lives.

You can buy the book here – http://www.flipkart.com/books/819107771x?_l=gWxQa0snNjHUHKJhnj_y0w–&_r=wsy5I%206gViorqsPPhd7YAg–&ref=4a864699-efbe-4563-8e6d-dfb4330d3785

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Justice In Love, 5.3 out of 10 based on 4 ratings

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