Story of Contemporary India
Ratna Vira has put forth a simple story infused with intriguing intertextual references from varied disciplines. The unfolding of the narrative involves mystery and drama and keeps the reader glued to the book, says Meha Pande, while reviewing It’s Not About You in The Pioneer on 24th July 2016 (Story of Contemporary India).
In a dramatic plot, Vira has woven together a lot. The unfolding of the narrative involves mystery and drama and keeps the reader glued to the book, exploring, with Sammy, the hidden life of Aksh. Many readers, similar to their experience of mystery novels, might find themselves fitting together the pieces of Aksh’s life, sympathising with Sammy, even preempting her next move at many places.
Vira has put forth a simple narrative infused with intriguing intertextual references from varied disciplines. Each chapter begins with an epigraph with quotes from people of varied fields ranging from popular authors, poets, celebrities, spiritual ascetics and working mothers to historians and visual artists. Vira’s incorporation of literature, music, poetry and psychology render the novel relatable and comprehensible to all its readers.
The characters are crafted well so as to render them relatable. Rishi, Aksh, Tara and and Sammy, the hilarious Maasiji, the wicked and corrupt brothers Santri and Mantri are characters we often find within the social fabric of the city. The novel is an easy and interesting read and keeps its readers hooked on by the many questions it seeks to put forth or answer.
A sensitive account of many aspects of the contemporary life of ‘changing India’, It’s Not About You takes its readers to the India of social networking, broken families and friendships beyond divorce, the India of successful yet guilty single mothers.