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The fictitious storyline revolving around two characters Monty (the psychotic part) and Virginia (the non psychotic part). The boundary between the two is permeable. Monty conjures up ‘Gulabi’, following his abrupt separation from his long time partner, while Virginia, having suffered from a personal loss sets out to follow her lifelong aspiration to travel the world. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Coming of age
  • Words: 13,470
  • Language: English (Indian dialect)
  • ISBN: 9781311214737
About Pankaj Suneja

Pankaj has recently completed his Master of Arts in Psychology (Psychosocial Clinical Studies) from Ambedkar University, Delhi. In 2011- 12, he suffered from a psychotic episode and had to leave his studies. With the help of medication and the support of his family and teachers, he regained the health and resumed studies. In October 2013, during one of the experiments for his thesis work he attempted to survive without medications. The idea was to understand the occurrence of a psychotic episode in as authentic a manner as possible. Medication would have interfered with this process. In the winter break of the same year he experienced a painful breakdown of his long-term relationship. At the same time, his family also moved away after having spent some time with him. In December 2013, at the height of loneliness, he began hallucinating about ‘Gulabi’. She disappeared a month later. Soon after, he suffered from a psychotic relapse. His thesis work has been about understanding the experience of psychosis or schizophrenia.

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Review by: Maria Perry Mohan on April 21, 2015 :
GULABI is an unusual read, a novella which unconventional to say the least. It’s a short read in which there are two protagonists who, for the most part, lead totally separate lives. Their lives to intersect at a point, but then one of them dies, continuing his life in an undead sort of way. And no, he’s not a vampire. After that, the paths diverge. Will they meet again? Do they even care if they do?

Gulabi, an Indian character, appears intermittently to one of the protagonists, when he crosses over to the other side of awareness. As his knowledge increases, her link with him decreases. As she disappears from his life, he begins to fret. He’s attached to her now. How will he cope if she disappears forever?

The questions will keep you turning the pages. The question which bedeviled me as I read was: is this a slice of life? Or a piece of fantasy? Or both?
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)

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