When my husband and I walked into Taj Connemera for the launch of Vijay Nagaswamy’s book, I found the author greeting everyone present addressing them by their name and admired his unusual memory for names and faces(a quality which I seem to be lacking). ‘Who is the third you are referring to in your book? I said.
Haven’t you noticed chairs in the hall have been arranged in twos, he replied. Only then I looked around and found it was a departure from the usual arrangement found at such events. Another departure was the arrangement on the stage—the podium was very much in place but slightly away was a cute looking couch.
After the customary welcome and introduction to the book, the author invited a volunteer from the audience for an interaction which needless to say aroused the curiosity of everyone present. For a minute there was pin drop silence followed by whispers amongst the gathering. Just then I found a dashing young man volunteering to interact on a forbidden subject, (so I thought in conservative Chennai) the author chose to write on in his series on relationships. Vijay deals with ‘What’s wrong with infidelity’in his latest book titled 3’S A CROWD.
From the start the no holds barred discussion that took place had many raised eyebrows and a sense of shock, the candid way the participant was dismissing values in marriage as old fashioned and almost archaic in today’s society. ‘I believe in doing my thing and my wife in her thing, we don’t find anything wrong in it’, confessed he.
Doesn’t loyalty and fidelity in marriage mean anything to you? Asked Vijay appearing both shocked and bemused at the ‘casanova’s’ attitude towards marriage. ‘Is your wife present here?’ he asked next.
‘NO,’ said the man shaking his head most emphatically.
Are you sure?
Ofcourse, he said.
Just then all heads turned hearing a voice coming from one of the last rows to see its owner .There stood a beautiful and charming young lady who said, ‘here I am.’ The next moment the hall reverberated with loud guffaws and the man who all along put up a brave front made a hasty retreat stating he had nothing more to say.
When Vijay asked the lady whether all that her husband had said was true, she said laughing, ‘he is not even capable of having an affair.’
The interaction that followed with the audience was as lively as the play acting between the author and the volunteer.
The questions ranged from whether platonic relationships were a myth in today’s society, whether women and men experienced the same amount of guilt in extra marital relationships, whether one night stands also came under the category of infidelity and so on.
n.meera raghavendra rao