Book review | Renee's Triumph by Indrani Sinha
Author: Indrani Sinha
No. of pages: 200
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Published by: Leadstart Publishing
Published on: 18th October 2020
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Renee’s Triumph is a sequel to Renee’s Treasure. In this book Renee goes through all the experiences girls go through in their teenage years as they grow into young women. She finds she has a deep seated insecurity as well, which she struggles to overcome as a school girl in Calcutta. Once she completes her graduation she meets two young men, Rajdeep and Kunal at the Railway Club, which she often visits in the evenings. She gets married to Rajdeep and knows the joys of motherhood; yet there is a deep discontent within her which she is unable to overcome. Renee meets Kunal again, now a married man with a family of his own, and he is quick to notice her loss of confidence. Their children become friends and during the frequent family meetings Kunal reaches out to Renee with his support. The two realize that they have fallen in love. Kunal makes a decision to find a job in Bombay and explains to Renee that they must stay away from each other so both can do their duty towards their families. Renee learns that in life there is love, but there is also duty, and accepts Kunal’s decision with the serenity of a mature woman.
Renee's Triumph chronicles Renee's life as she grows up in the idyllic 1960s and 1970s. Renee's life is spanned across Varanasi and the railway quarters in and around Calcutta, but mostly in Liluah - a beautiful riverside town in the outskirts of Calcutta. This book gives us a warm story of growing up, friendships, school memories, first love and marriage.
The book beautifully portrays Renee's convent school life and her childhood in the railway quarters. Then the book progresses to her growing up days, her visits to the private Lakeview Club, and then meeting the two men who would change her life. The story goes beyond Renee's marriage and finally to her motherhood, where it shows how Renee had to compromise the little things in her life to adjust with her in laws.
Considering that the book is set in the 1970s, I loved how the author depicted the conservative middle class household of those times. From going out on dates in secret, to an unrequited love - the book covers all the little things that would usually happen in a middle class family. The book chronicles Renee's struggles in her marriage and how she overcomes those.
I have one slight complain though. From Renee's perspective, the author writes about how she learnt that girls should not remain outside late at night to protect themselves. Maybe the author tried to show the mindset that was prevalent in those days, but still I was a bit unprepared when I came across this point.
This book was a simple and pleasing read. Would recommend it to people looking for light reads.
I loved the simplicity of the book, and the way we get to know Renee's journey. In an easy breezy way, the author writes about Renee's life. It has no deep metaphors or unnecessary details, just Renee and her unfiltered life. I love the descriptive style as the author indulges in the lives of both of Renee's love interests.
I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.