About the book:
The journey of Mehar, the saga of her suffering, culminating into her evolution towards the end is the essence of the novel, Half Moon. She is a combination of vulnerability and self reliance at the same time. Portrayed as a character that has underlying traces of strength hidden beneath the veneer of vulnerability, her major strength lies in her silence and endurance. She endures the trials and tribulations of her marriage to Rajinder who, though well educated and a worldly-wise has not given up the flavours of narrow-minded collective lifestyle of a semi-urban patriarchal family set – up, sticking to masochistic norms of a hypocritical society he revels being a part and parcel of.
Mehar a victim of circumstances, thrown into the labyrinthine ways of a suffocating lifestyle ,after conflicts, both internal and external, finally emerges free from the bonds that hold her captive for most part of her life, just like the emerging face of the moon, passing through different phases, experiencing eclipses and shadows.
Excerpts from the book
“She stood still, rooted to her spot, waiting. Another wave frolicked past her, around her, leaving her unclaimed, unloved. It came to her in a flash. And She understood the constraints of human love. It leaves many a hearts broken, many a feet wet, covered with wet sand. For love when you try to seek it at the level of your gaze, love when you seek it within the confines of your shallow understanding fails to match your growth. For if you need to grow beyond the physical limitations of your being, you have to let go of your ego. You have to let yourself follow your heart, for the heart is the tool provided by this bountiful nature to humans to gauge the beauty of your existence. We need to learn to see beyond the illusion of mere physical attraction and learn to wade through the life with the grace of an articulate swimmer, no matter how weary you may feel after a lifetime of treacherous encounters with lesser mortals.”