Don’t Just Bury your Head Like an Ostrich. Learn to Face Society

Review of Skid Marks Of Logic; Divya Diana Dias; Frog Books 2012; Rs 175

– Ranjitha Nair

Skid Marks Of Logic is about the common Indian girl. The characters and situations in the book are easily relatable – people who hide their personality, fearing the Indian society. They live inside the Abydah created by the society. The author proves her point with the help of three short stories, lead by Payal, Danielle and Janvi.

In the first story Ostrich, the author uses the metaphors of an ostrich to portray Payal. Her timidity often makes “bury her head”, just like an ostrich would. She longs for a guy, and finally, when she gets to be with him, she realises she has to keep up her behaviour of a timid mouse in front of society!

The second one, Friends with benefits looks at Danielle, a bold character. At the age of 21, she decides to kiss a guy for the first time in her life – just to enjoy the moment. She does so with her best friend, no strings attached. She even tells her parents beforehand, and blogs about the kiss. As a free thinker, she feels such things should be openly discussed.

Mergers and acquisitions takes us to Janvi, a typical Indian girl who is forced to join her dad’s business. Her professional and personal desires are fulfilled when she decides to do follow her heart, without fearing what people might say or do. She even dates a foreigner, even though she knows he will go away after month, and that her fling would never last.

Dias has beautifully written the book in a very simple language. She has left all the three stories open-ended for the readers to dwell on the topics.

** The reviewer is a practising dentist. She loves to travel, read books, go window shopping, and watch Hindi movies.

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