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A Gang of Five is a collection consisting of one long story and four long poems. The work delightfully bridges the gap between the mundane and arcane writings of today and provides an interesting yet intellectually stimulating treat for the discerning reader.
New Life is a long story written from the perspective of a successful adult whose mother had deserted the family for another man. The teenage angst and the scars it has lost behind on the psyche of the protagonist are subtly reflected in the character. The different elements and characters of the story are beautifully interwoven to produce an intense and compelling story of an adult haunted by the trauma of being deserted by his mother. The work is interspersed with thought provoking views on issues like love and socio-economic conditions in India.
Unshackled by the bonds of traditional rhyme and metre the free verses evoke the stark reality of urban life, hitting you straight in the guts. The use of everyday urban imagery adds to the appeal of the compositions. The concrete prison of modern urban life and the unfulfilled desire to escape to a simple life is aptly brought out in The Tower. The other poems of the collection are more biographical in nature and the free verses sketch out life stories of three women with its attendant pathos, poignancy and logic.