Book Review: Gulabi by Pankaj Suneja

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Gulabi by Pankaj Suneja

Genre: Psychology, Short Story
Book Name: Gulabi
Author: Pankaj Suneja
Pages: 74
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: CinnamonTeal Publishing

This book is an interesting attempt at explaining schizophrenia by an author who had himself created a fictional character while going through emotional trauma. However, the story and narrative were lacking at many points. There was never a clear understanding of the linkages between the main protagonists and the characters. Probably, that’s what happens when someone is going through trauma and everything including the senses blur. As I flipped pages, so did the two stories suddenly from one to another with never a warning. But considering its a debut novel, I can still give some brownie points. However, hoping the best for the author to bind a better thread through his next book for everyone to read.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Schizophrenia is challenging disorder often characterized by abnormal social behaviour and a significantly altered perception of reality. Its treatment largely depends on medications and psychosocial interventions but no single approach is widely considered effective for all patients. Through this book I offer my readers a glimpse into the multifaceted world of schizophrenia in the form of fictitious storyline revolving around two characters Monty (the psychotic part) and Virginia (the non psychotic part). The boundary between the two is permeable. Monty conjures up ‘Gulabi’, following his abrupt separation from his long time partner, while Virginia, having suffered from a personal loss sets out to follow her lifelong aspiration to travel the world.

About the author:
Pankaj Suneja is a psychologist by choice and a writer by passion. He wrote his first book, Gulabi, while suffering with psychotic symptoms. The Mobile Phone is his second novel. Pankaj writes from his personal experiences and his reflections about himself and his environment. He presented the paper titled ‘Closer to Schizophrenia: a personal journey from illness to health‘ in the form of poster at Icons of SCARF at 2014, Chennai. He holds a diploma in creative writing and is the winner of the David Feinsilver Award 2015, for original thinking and scholarship research, New York.

Rating: 6/10
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About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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