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THE INVALID. Copies are available with Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agarwal, Managing Editor, Cyberwit.net, HIG-45, Kaushambi Kunj, Kalindi Puram, Allahabad-211011.

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Publication Date: November 29, 2012

The book in your hand was written thirty years ago while the writer was just twenty five. This constitutes the first of four books (tetralogy) which were written by him around that time. It might be shocking for you to know that the first one which is before you has been rejected by more than thirty publishers in the last thirty years. Some cited no reason, some said, it is a most horrendous piece of writing... Human world would simply not accept ... burn it. The writer did not burn, but simply kept it along with the other scripts in a box and locked, and then forgot the fate of their print. After thirty years he revived his interest with a hope to introduce them to the educated public. But, much to his consternation and shock, the same story has been repeated, but with a difference. One or two publishers called it fabulous and shocking ; some accepted it in the beginning, later abandoned without citing reasons. Yet one signed the contract and vanished. Still another signed the contract and later broke it after six months. The writer is driven to deep frustration. Yet, determined and ready to face adverse and aggressive hostile world, the writer has ventured it on his own with the help of a budding publisher, Cyberwit.net for which the writer expresses his deep sense of gratitude. The book is now before you, in your hands. Read and burn and forget.

Review on The Invalid

While started reading the book, I felt disoriented. I was wondering what this is all about. I did not have any idea as to what the subject of the book is but while I travelled more with the character, I traversed into another world, another era and a completely different thought process.

As the author said in Mohan’s words, this is neither a short story nor a novel. This is the experiences of Praveen. A little boy orphaned during his childhood, brought up by his sister, is disoriented when he loses her. Then comes Pushpa, who lifts his lifeless soul to heights of rapture of love and drowns him to the depths of death. He could not find solace in anything. The firm where he worked, discards him after squeezing out the youthfulness in him. Only after his dismissal that he realizes the fact that the pollution from the firm had eaten the best of him body and health. The pollution, pain, loneliness, despondency everything together claims his life.

With very few dialogues and a single chapter, author tried to reconstruct the notion of conservative method of writing. The fact that he attempted the venture thirty years back shows his brilliance. Pravy’s diary takes us to a philosophical ride. His views of life, death, happiness, ego, criticisms, nirvana etc. provide us the vision propagated by great philosophers, epics and the religious books, in a single and small book. The author successfully portrayed and permeated infinite knowledge and visual imagery through the book. Pravy became invalid because of the long-term exposure to pollution but author’s literary power is not polluted with unnecessary melodrama. This book targets the philosophy lovers and those who eagerly wait to read a book with some difference from the usual romance and thrillers. Those who are looking for an unconventional writing would be extremely happy with this book. The book was written thirty years back but it becomes most relevant these days. Thirty years back, it would be a futuristic book and the literary world probably did not have the maturity to accept the future at that point of time. Had it been portrayed in a lighter note, it would have been a classic best seller by now.

The negative part could be the explanation of Pravy’s plight in room number seven. It seems to be dragged beyond limits, which might force the reader to flip the pages. Nevertheless, author has compensated with an explanation in the end. Lack of a back blurb is another drawback. A small sneak peek of what the book is all about, could have been mentioned so that the right readers could be targeted easily.
- Rakhi Jayasankar

THE DISAPPOINTED, The novel is second in series of four novels (tetralogy) written thirty years ago. The first one‘The Invalid’ was published by the same publisher in Nov, 2012. ‘The Disappointed’ was born out of writer’s personal experience. It has two Encounters. The first was written 30 years ago; and the brief second one was added 15 years after the first. It was a real experience, and not conceived in imagination. It does not conform to any pattern of writing a novel like the first one as the writer simply does not believe in such stuff of writing. For him human experiences do not constitute any form and pattern. It was just a recorded experience. Nothing else. The novel is before the readers, in their hands, whether they like it or not, it is for them. Read, burn and forget.

His story combined with dismay and disappointment, disgust and contempt, hatred and strange feelings produced in me some unique sensation and I left with indelible impressions of that old man.  As I rode I felt how certain chance and unexpected and accidental meetings and certain inexplicable and indescribable combination of events and situations speak a great amount of the quintessence of human life.

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Review of Nitesh Jain


The Plot

The Disappointed is a story about two encounters between two people in a span of fifteen years. Mr. K.R. visits Professor PDN one fine evening. The meeting turns out to be the most enriching and soul stirring experience for Mr. K.R. As he listens to the Professor's life experiences, he is drawn into a world full of misery, deceit and anger where human emotions are left to the gutters. The story shakes the listener so much so that, he wishes to meet the Professor again after fifteen years. But as they say, time and tide waits for none, the Professor is found in a state of isolation, counting his last days. The plot is terse and straight forward trying to bring out the pain and agony of the 'disappointed' Professor.

The Style & Language

The author's style of writing has a lot of clarity and manages to strike a chord with the reader. Several life instances of the Professor has been narrated quite effectively and leaves a lasting impression. Certain episodes stand out, for example, the poignant situation between the Professor and the office boy where the boy accuses the Professor for taking advantage of his stature. The pain, anxiety and distress of the protagonist is the base upon which the entire art has been created and is complemented well with the flow and language

Highs and Lows

The Disappointed is like a long episode that spans for a few hours with the climax arriving after a gap of fifteen years. This very idea of representation is laudable. The story of the Professor has enough ingredients to leave a bitter taste in the mouth. The reader is almost lured to question the very purpose of human existence in the world. The questions that resonates the readers heart at the end may fill it with remorse and that is the power of this book. Of course the flip side of the coin do exist. Sometimes the author goes over bound with the episodes which at times become monotonous. Nevertheless, all is forgotten when the climax is revealed. It may not come as a surprise if an emotional reader sheds a tear or two after reading the about the Professor's catastrophic end. 


The Disappointed is like a mirror that reflects the hypocritical society and the plight of common man making the reader wonder whether our existence in this world is superficial or there lies a better way to lead a life with dignity. It is a must read for those who like to enrich their souls through experiences of others. 


                                                                                                                                                                       By Nitesh Jain

Review of Rakhi Jayasankar


Disappointed is the second book in the trilogy by KV Raghupathy. The book, like his first book Invalid, is a protest against the societal pressures and double standard. Author claims that fictional element is less in this book. The book is about the two encounters of the author with Jagannatha Rao a bank officer. The first encounter is the conversation between author and JR. JR says the society is judgmental and the people are opportunistic. He says his life story to KV, whom he met  few hours before. 

Initially, I had an impression that JR is paranoid but later we can see that he had succumbed to the rat race of life. There had been a time when people who think different are isolated and looked down upon. If we look around, we can see many Fathers or husbands who become dejected when they reaches retirement age. We never bothered to assess the real problem but this book, goes through those nuances of psychology but implicitly. Unlike Invalid, this book is full of conversation, though mainly  monologues.

The book is not an easy read. It is an in depth book for a serious reader. The book targets a niche audience.

There is a powerful message in the book. The fact that author wrote this book thirty years back surprised me because the writing style is  unconventional and contemporary at the same time. The character portrayal of JR is implicit and convincing.

During the conversation between KV and JR, reader gets confused as to who is speaking to whom. Same issue with the switch from past to present. But, these instances are less since it is more of a monologue. 

One Liner
An unconventional and contemporary piece of writing.

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