“I don’t cry now. I don’t even feel anger. When I do, I go into the tower room, memory floods back and washes the anger away.” (Tanay, Cobalt Blue) 💙 💙 “Why do we judge relationships only by their age? Why is it that only a long-lasting relationship may be called successful? Now I no longer feel like weeping over him. I just want to meet him once, to ask him why.” (Anuja, Cobalt Blue) 💙 💙
The above quoted words from the novel, Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar very well paints the attitude of the two protagonists in the novel. The novel tells the story of a brother and sister who fell in love with the same tenant in their household. The novel is simple but it provides the reader an opportunity to feel the intense emotions. 💙
Kundalkar presents two narrative voices: of Tanay’s and Anuja’s, thus giving different perspectives to the same events in the novel. Tanay’s part appear as an interior monologue wherein which he addresses a second person ( the tenant / his lover). His narrative is more sombre and painful. Anuja’s narrative written in the form of journal entries. Both narratives present an enigmatic artist-tenant who lives in Tanay’s home and one morning disappears. 💙
Divided into two, the novel presents a plethora of themes including homosexuality, marriage, clashes between traditional values and modernity etc. Kundalkar courageously put forth a queer theme to the Indian literary world. The novel presents two voices – one homosexual and other heterosexual. And presents an artist who ( maybe ) confused to chose between two. 💙
Originally written in Marathi, the novel was translated into English by Jerry Pinto.
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