Staring at more than ten years of prison time for attempted manslaughter, Dr Chandran Ramachandran’s life was all but finished. At least, the victim and the witnesses were sure about that. They hoped that the monster would get beaten up by the prison inmates and die in there, like the street mongrel that he was.
Chandru was doing himself no favours by choosing to remain silent in court. Awaiting his sentence, he reflected on the verses of Kahlil Gibran: “The river cannot go back. Nobody can go back. To go back is impossible in existence.”
The son of docile, orthodox, middle-class parents, and the grandson of a holy priest, Chandru did not lead the life that was expected of him, nor was he meant for the end that loomed large. Sixteen years ago, he was a University topper, a champion chess player, an expert swimmer, and a Bravery Award recipient.
But all that had been frittered away in hurt, grief, anger, jealousy, and debauchery. A spurned love had turned him into a selfish, deceitful, immoral and ruthless rogue. He connived his way to money, success, sex, and a marriage, only to lose everything in his chosen path of self-destruction.
But every loss is a harbinger of a gain, and Chandru was redeemed by the grace of the divine.
Yet, the paths to redemption are seldom smooth. The demons from the past return to haunt Chandru. What if everything he had believed turned out to be lies? What if the truths that were buried are more dangerous than the lies that had ruined him? What if it all unravels? Will Chandru be able to save those who love him? Will Chandru unleash the rogue in him, one last time, for love?
In the ending, will the beginning lie?
Join the rogue in his incredible journey of love, guilt, deviousness, duplicity, and unbridled perversion as it unveils in the pages of his stolen diary – A Rogue’s Love Diary.
Beta Reader Reviews
“A Rogue’s Love Diary” is a dramatic love story set in the backdrop of Bangalore’s brewing cosmopolitan lifestyle amidst middle-class values, aspirations, struggles and dreams. The story is a heady mix of suppressed soft love that metamorphoses into sleazy thrills and is narrated in an extremely engaging tone with wild spins of intricate plots that are full of twists and turns. It is one hell of a read packed with intense emotions, friendships, deceit, conniving relationships, betrayals, and a barrage of desi abuses. The boorish passion and a whole lot of perverted lust initially stuns the reader, but these are accessories to the plot and are captured with fluid intensity to lay bare the intent of the actors, so much so that it brings alive the conversations. There is no stopping once you start reading this unassuming yet complexly surreptitious story.
“A Rogue’s Love Diary” is one of the finest reads in a very long time. The book is a rare blend of charm, subtle wit, eloquence and an engrossing tale on the one hand, and a vivid portrayal of the dark shades of human existence on the other. Regardless of the depravity that the protagonist slips into, one still feels for and loves Chandru. Tightly woven, the story moves at a rapid pace marking the transformation of an innocent boy into a mean Machiavellian man, and then into a reformed soul, picking up the threads of his shattered life. But only when you feel that a semblance of sanity is restored in Chandru’s life, a calamity strikes in form of a truth that was hidden from him thus far. What is that truth? How does he react to it? A Rogue’s Love Diary will keep you glued till the very last page – Yes, you will have no idea of the twists that await you even as you imagine that the book is coming to a close. And when it all ends, you may find yourself shedding a tear for the protagonist who you have probably loved and hated in equal measure.