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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Maya is pretty, young and eager to escape her middleclass home. Ranjan is handsome, driven, well born and wealthy. As the young woman struggles with her marriage, she meets and finds solace in Nikhil, her Maya is pretty, young and eager to escape her middleclass home.
As the young woman struggles with her marriage, she meets and finds solace in Nikhil, her charming college-going neighbour. Soon the stage is set for an explosive tale of love and betrayal. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 31st by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Second Thoughts , please sign up.
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The story is of a young woman Maya, who gets married to an upper-middle-class banker from South Bombay. Since the marriage is an arranged one, she only De is known for her 'sensational writings' and she sells. Since the marriage is an arranged one, she only gets to know her husband after marriage. It is an amazing story, and difficult too as the issues it deals with are not easy ones to pin down, more so when the setting is Indian.
As the story unfolds, one doesn't really find much fault with her husband, he is busy and often working hard, inviting people over for dinners and wanting his wife to be a good host and so forth. Just a regular suburban guy. Maya feels stifled in her marriage, even though there is nothing violent or alarming in it. But the marriage just drains her slowly by its mundanity, but she cannot really locate, or at least talk about her elusive, 'unnameable' problem. Besides this, she has been adamant about being a good wife.
She starts her life like a regular Indian girl, all set to make a success of her married life, but she keeps failing. She cannot ignore the indifferent nature of her husband. He is there, but not really there. Though De leaves it to our imagination the reasons for her husband's indifference.
She only makes very subtle suggestions. He is not someone who is chasing other women, or who is disloyal to in any way.
Since Maya cannot place the reason herself, she feels 'less' about herself. As a reader, one only thinks of two things; either her husband is gay or impotent. However, in the story De does not spell any of this out, she only hints that there is no joy in their relationship. In bed, he often turns his back on her.
And this gnaws her. This makes her lonely housewife with a lot of time at her disposal. Her neighbor's college-going son Nikhil starts flirting with her and she responds to him. At one instance, Nikhil tells her that he is always hungry. It is funny that culturally married women in India are called aunties, no matter what their ages are, by young men like Nikhil. In this case, Maya is just a few years older than him, and in no way can be his aunty.
Of course, these are subtle ways to desexualize female bodies. I guess the whole story, in a very nuanced way, tells us what is rotten with the Indian society, and how it stifles women by ignoring her sexual needs, and somehow imposing on her 'unspoken' restrictions not to articulate such needs at any cost.
Obviously, such codes not only harm women, it infects the entire society, though, in different ways. Jul 05, VijayaRaghavan S N rated it liked it. This book is good for a light read. If you have got a lot of spare time, then reading this book won't hurt.
The language is easy to the eyes. You can flow through the book in no time. This book is aimed at a particular set of audience. To be exact, at housewives who are having a lonely married life because of the crammed work schedule of their husband. Only this particular set of audience would find the book worth their time. They would be able to relate to it. They might even see themselves in t This book is good for a light read.
They might even see themselves in the shoes of protagonist. Rest of the readers would be pondering how on earth would this be possible. They would be scratching their heads. The author tries to bring out the whole set of emotions of the lady. At least for me, she failed miserably at that. She couldn't express the right emotion for the right amount of time. She keeps on bombarding the reader with barrage of emotions that, after some time, you would feel sorry for yourself for picking up this book.
The only highlight that I could find in the book was the last couple of sentences. The sentence the author used to end the story was real heart touching. It would remain with me for some time. All in all, this book would help you to see how complex a woman is.
It gives an insight into her mind. It gives you a piece of her mind. And you can get to know ladies in real life much more better especially if you are married. And that's why I give this book a three star. View 1 comment. Sep 21, Pranav rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Shobha De narrates quite aptly the boring life of housewife.
Especially the girl, who is confined to house. Lady whose husband is too boorish, authoritative, conservative and orthodox. It highlights what all can go wrong for new 'hopeful' bride in alien city, married to comparatively boring person.
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Second Thoughts is a novel by Shobhaa De. Second Thoughts is a love story about Maya, a pretty girl who is eager to escape her dull, middle-class home in Calcutta for the glamour of Mumbai , where she moves after marriage to Ranjan, a handsome, ambitious man who has an American university degree and a wealthy family background. Maya is determined to be the ideal wife, but finds herself trapped and stifled by the confines of her arranged marriage to a man who, she discovers, is rigidly conservative and completely indifferent to her desires. She begins to experience great loneliness in suburban Mumbai.
Book review: Shobha De's 'Second Thoughts'
Jump to navigation. Is Shobha De having second thoughts? This, her seventh novel in as many years, will disappoint those looking for sex on tap and blood on the boardroom floor. Second Thoughts contains just one sexual encounter, and even that minus the graphics and groping which marked her earlier literary successes. In fact, the greatest literary value of her latest book is t hat it offers the reader a chance to judge her t rue worth as an author. Stripped of the diversionary sexual pyrotechnics, Second Thoughts finally allows the real Shobha De to stand up and be counted.