Book Review: A Cage of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra

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You cannot make anyone love you back.
Not all stories have a beginning and an end, because they are not stories at all, they are journeys.

Author: Shuchi Singh Kalra
Publisher: Penguin India
Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:Vidhya Thakkar- Indian blogger, Mumbai blogger, book blogger, Book blogger Mumbai, Book blogger India

There’s a kind of love that makes you go down on one knee, and there’s the kind that brings you down on both. You don’t need the latter, because no matter what you do, you cannot make anyone love you back.’
Renu had always craved for love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books. What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined?
Renu’s thirst for love and longing takes her on a poignant journey of self-exploration. The answers come to her when she finds the courage to stand up for herself, to fight her inner demons and free herself from the cage of desires.


A Cage of Desires, is a story of Renu, a Middle age woman, sacrificing her dreams, managing household. After a shattered childhood, Renu wished for a happy married life, will she get one? Will all her desires get fulfil? There’s a lot, lot more in the story.

Firstly, I loved the title of the book. It is attractive and it made me curious to read this book. The cover is good but could have been better. I loved how the story started. one can easily connect with the story from the very first page. I fell in love with the plot. it was super amazing. There are so many twists and turns with lots of emotions. I loved the way the author narrated each and every emotion, beautifully. A woman is not meant to be inside four walls, she desires freedom, love and affection too. It’s a story about loveless marriage, many desires, expectations and lots of dreams. I loved the way the author had a hold on language. The feelings portrayed were raw and straight from the heart. The language used by the author is simple, Bold, crisp and fresh. There’s no drippy language but pure emotions expressed. The pace of the story is little slow, but I loved how events were happening. The flow was crisp. As the story proceeds it becomes more interesting. The characters that the author created were wonderful. Each and every character had their own importance. Along with characters, I loved how the author the author developed the story. There are many themes that you’ll find in the book like Love, betrayal, desires, friendship and Secrets. The way the author explains the emotional turmoil that a woman goes through is commendable.

It’s about the traditional thinking that holds another person to do something different in life. It’s about a Woman who decides to break all the barriers and follow her dreams. There are so many parts, lines, which inspires, which will touch your heart.

Strong Plot, Interesting Narration, Simple language, Wonderful Characters, made this an interesting read. It’s a beautiful story of womanhood. it is undoubtedly a masterpiece.

You can get your copy here.

*** I received the copy of the book from the author in exchange for honest and unbiased review***

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