The Body Myth by Rheea Mukherjee: Book Review

Title: The Body Myth

Author: Rheea Mukherjee

Publisher: Penguin Hamish Hamilton

Publishing Date: 25th June 2019

My Rating: 3 stars

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The body myth is about Polyamory, irksome, weird and yet still settled relationship of Mira, Sara, and Rahil. This threesome thing in the book will surely make many readers uncomfortable and question the current sanity of relationships in modern India. Let alone reality, it was harder to see such relationships developing in the Indian society, even in the case of fiction backdrop.

The narrator Mira, a school teacher, is a thirty-two-year-old widow, who lost her husband within seven months of her marriage. Her life took an unexpected turn, the day she found a beautiful woman having a seizure in a park. She fell in love with her and entered into an intimate relationship with her and with her husband too. The complex and intimate relationship of Mira with the couple Sara and Rahil may be about love with no boundaries but lacks belief.

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Rheea’s narration is unfussy and comes very easy. Her effortless writing could be a great reason to pick this book, but I didn’t get the purpose of this story talking about the stability of mind with the body. It felt absurd and illogical with no context in place. While reading most of the book, I failed to understand why the author put the threesome plot with this mind-body myth thing. It wasn’t making any relevance.

 

 

Have you happened to read this book? or thinking of it lately?

Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

-Harshita

 

 

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