In today’s world, how many of us really understand the value of love and life? Let alone the hidden meaning behind these words. As generations have gone by, it seems to to have taken a small piece of our culture, heart and feelings along with it. Sriram Ayer takes us on a stroll along few such lives, with his marvelous work; The Story of A Suicide.
It starts with a suicide note, which one can not relate to, until the end… Gradually, we get to learn about the key characters’ lives; Sam, Mr. Hegde, Hari, Anju, Charu, Alex, Aditya… and realize how trickily each of their lives get inter-mingled as the plot starts to build.
First, you feel sad about the breakup between two lovely people, but then you start feeling differently for one out of the two. You sadly learn the reality, of how hatred can overcome love at times; and it can blind you to such an extent, that your following actions impact more lives than intended. Subsequently, you also apprehend the difficulty, that some of us with different sexual partner choices, still face! No matter how much you keep your life’s darkest experience and deepest secrets to yourself, because no one believes you, it catches up eventually. Sexual abuse, in person, through media, via telecommunication, or whatever other modes possible, is very disparaging; be it from some one you know, you love, or you don’t know at all!
Ever think of the simpler times when social media didn’t exist? Part of Gen Y and Gen Z, will never even know such times. With the spread of this fire, people feel sharing their lives with the world a smart way of living! What they forget, is that in doing so, they are actually making themselves more vulnerable for their antagonists. In the story, that’s the root of the ultimate destruction!!! A lover, hindered by hatred that rose from pain, chases dreadful methods to get back to his girl. In the trail of doing so, he accidentally aggravates emotions elsewhere.
The victim, a simple person with complicated choices, initially unaware of the mishaps that overshadow him, eventually, loses all hopes and power to think. The only awareness that triumphed the mind, was love for the loved ones, hurt from the dearest, and disappointment to the closest…
This masterpiece is an exact replica of the goings-on. People hope, anticipate, get disappointed and choose the wrong paths. In an ideal world, humans being a social creature, are also called the most intellectual and sensible animals. Most of you, when you read the book, will be able to relate yourself to one or more of the characters; but take a step back and think, did you do exactly what they did? Or did you choose otherwise? I could relate myself to more than one, and in the end, I was glad to have made completely different choices in life than them. Life will always give you fall-flat-on-your-face situations, even take away everything that makes sense in your world; but that’s the challenge. You need to face them briskly and with tranquility. Think before you take an action, about the involved people’s sentiments, about it’s intensity and purview and mostly, about your conscience…
Live a life, not to end it, but to cherish it beyond!