The Poison of Love by K.R. Meera is a short novel, Translated from the Malayalam by Ministhy S. The Poison Of Love presents us with the story of a talented woman giving up her career and job prospects to marry (elope) for love only to end up with a philandering husband.
Its a beautifully haunting book about Tulsi, a successful IIT graduate who makes the wrong choice while selecting her life partner. She elopes with the man of her dreams only to realize that she has ruined her life and that of her family due to this decision.
12 years later Tulsi is not Tusli anymore. She is Meera bai- an ardent lover of Lord Krishna. She lives in the city of Vrindavan among other widows, chants – Hare Ram, Hare Ram, Ram Ram, Hare Hare, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. She earns a daily wage of 10 rupees by washing clothes, cleaning temples and begging.
Each chapter is preceded by a picture with the chapter number and a bunch of ants walking around. Ants in this story serve much more than just mere illustrations.
This book is a heartbreaking and devastating tale of how love can destroy you. K.R. Meera’s writing style is brilliant. The use of metaphors makes it an interesting read. This small tale manages to touch our hearts and leave it aching.
Our initial reception of the book was an average 3/5 but we guess while writing this review it won me one point over so we will finally rate it 4/5.