Over View of the ‘Sivam’
The theme of the Sivam is happy marriage. The novel takes off when Sivam, the protagonist, catches his American wife, Margaret, in bed with her lover, Saradhi. Girija, Madhavi and Margaret enter the protagonist’s life at different stages. They stand for beauty, intellect and matter. Sivam marries Girija for her beauty, though he falls in love with intelligent and highly educated Madhavi. When he goes to the U.S. for post doctoral research, and marries Margaret there, and brings to India. Girija turns her beauty into goodness. Will she wins back her hubby? Is she a guide to happy marriage? The novel provides answers.
The main characters are archetypal. Girija, Sivam and Satyam stand for the trinity, that ensures lasting happiness in wedding. The novel has a host of characters. They give an insight into relationships, follies and foibles. Romance, satire and humour are the staple of the novel.
The Sivam is an allegory. It can be read at different levels. The common reader just turns the pages to know the fate of Sivam’s marriage. It focuses on the advantage in bridiging the east and west. The reader, who wants to know what life is and how to go beyond dualites and reach truth, finds a way to light. The novel is a page from life. It is compendium of Indian mysticism, a panacea to the whole world.
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