The stories in my book “Makeup & Breakup” are just not stories but a diorama of contemporary life. It is an effort to converge the contemporary with the classics and merge the facts with the fiction. It is an attempt to balance the paradoxes of life. The characters, people and protagonists are all modern and coetaneous as if with a vengeance.
My attempt to touch on subtly the problems gripping our societies, the preference given to the male children over the female, the poverty-stricken class going in hunt of food, rag-picking children hazarding their lives digging even the radioactive garbage dumped outside a plastic factory; differently able children to the man-woman relationship caught up in a matter-of-fact life, from the high brow to the lowly ones… an attempt to engage with the art of storytelling.
Old vs. New – Generational Shift
It is all about the generation. The shift. Yesterday generation is different from today and tomorrow’s generation will not be the same. We all have been little fortunate to be in the crossroad between the old and the new generation. And this transition has happened in the last twenty years. In fact we have seen more changes in the last two decades then we have seen in the last two centuries. The changes are drastic and simultaneously dramatic, especially in our thinking, living and working.
Technology Trend: Evolution to Revolution
The evolution of three technologies and their trend has revolutionized the thinking of today’s generation. The internet technology, the mobile technology and the social networking have had the maximum impact on our living, thinking and working. It is almost impossible to think of a life without these three technologies. Life is no more in our control; it is governed and driven by these technology forces. If we don’t have an e-mail account we get categorized as digital illiterate. If we don’t respond to a missed call, people take it as an offence. If we are absent in the social media you get characterized.
New Generation: Digital Natives
Our society is confronting spectrum of pressing problems ranging from gender discrimination to indiscriminate development to urban slums to rape, capital punishment to terrorism to health issues and need of better education. Today’s generation is the custodian of the society to be handed over to the next generation. They have to play an active and engaging role in making the society a better place. This can happen once they take charge of the problem. They have the maturity and the ability to discuss and resolve these issues for a better tomorrow.
Personal vs. Professional – The Conflict
There has been a constant tussle between the personal and professional ambitions. But today it has become predominate and more demanding. Aspirations are on high and stiff competition is fueling these aspirations to newer heights. Career is the priority. Family is the causality. The underlying danger is clear and present. The questions that are haunting us all; what is the purpose of life, why are we helpless and is there a hope. The answers are not easy and not forthcoming. How do we address these conflicts? The conflict between two facets of life, and these facets of life have co-exist.
Mode of Communication: Storytelling
Stories are always such a fascinating part of our life. Everyday we create a story and at the end of the day it get erased unless captured and preserved. Writing down stories are a means to preservation for posterity. Stories have been for generation as an effective mode of communication and connection with every generation. Preaching as a mode of communication sometimes fails badly to connect. Stories are always an engaging mode of communication. The stories in the book have been themed around the contemporary social issues. The genre ranges from suspense, humour to mystery.
Title as Metaphor: The Institutions
The fabric our society is under threat. The society today is more fragile. The institutions are under huge pressure to meet up to the expectations of this generation. For instance the institution of “Marriage”, which has been sacred and stable, is today not able to accommodate the aspirations of this new generation. Unless we make up with the problems, the institution may break up is a matter of grave concern. The title is a metaphor for the reconciliation between the institution’s boundary & rules and the people’s aspirations & values.
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Life is relative and wife is absolute. The genesis of life is in the womb of wife. The mystery of life continues from the history, and the mystery of wife is constant topic of discourse throughout the changing history of human life.
The lifeline… We are trapped in this prism of confounded connection and frantic attempt to discover the mystery of life. CARE counts more than just CURE. Affection matters, “touch & talk” brings affection not infection.
Life should be lived with little more GRATITUDE towards life, making it gratifying and little lesser ATTITUDE towards wife, making it more graceful.
Life is indeed a Pressure Cooker and we keep cooking dishes which we don’t want to eat but that pressure eats away the peace of our mind, and then we run behind the extended family of the word “mind’ euphemistically that get termed as “mindfulness”.
The story of “Mystery of Life and Wife” is set in the background of today’s India and dives deep into the subtlety of questions for answers that we are all have been searching for making our tomorrow a much better place.
The intriguing questions that keep us haunting on intermittent intervals is why we should be at the very outset allowing our mind to get filled with that gratuitous garbage and then ironically we want it to be quickly emptied. There is a time needed for everything. Resisting those unwarranted invasion and unauthorized capturing of our mind space, it’s a double whammy on our mind with both the real world and the digital world frantically jostling to take their space and leaving us breathless…
Somali K Chakrabarti
Maniparna Sengupta Majumder