I’m very into Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy right now. The 1400-odd pages were daunting to read once but I thought I have to read it. Now, after a few months, after I have dipped myself into the story, I am so happy I tried. The first time I tried to read it, I was in college. With one week as the alloted time, I couldn’t finish it since I had borrowed it from the college library. I still don’t have a copy. The one I’m reading is my cousin’s. But I can truthfully say that I am obsessed with it. Now, in the last few pages, the plots are being wound up. And I can’t wait to get back to the lives of the suitable girl Lata, maudlin Mrs. Rupa Mehra, caring Savita, professor Pran, little Uma, carefree Maan, friendly Firoz, strict Mahesh Kapoor, the regal Nawab Sahib of Baitar, volatile Dr. Kishenchand Seth, angry Arun, glamourous Meenakshi, flirty Kakoli, diplomat Hans, moody Cuddles (the dog), spiritual Dipankar, poetic Amit, smiling Haresh, charming cricketeer Kabir, sensous Saeeda Bai and oh so many more characters.
They are all walking about in my head right now.