Benign Flame ; Saga of Love

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The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification. However, as her father was constrained to help her in becoming a doctor, she opts to marry, hoping that Sathyam might serve her cause though the persona she envisioned as masculine, she found lacking in him. But as he fails to go with her idea, she becomes apathetic towards him, and insensibly sinks into her friend Sandhya’s embrace, for lesbian solace.
In time, she comes in contact with Tara the suave call girl who unsuccessfully tries to rope her into her calling to achieve which she introduces Ravi the seducer. However, when Roopa goes to attend Sandhya’s wedding, she loses her heart to Raja Rao the groom even as Prasad, her husband’s lecherous friend falls for her. The scheming Prasad induces Sathaym to go the corrupt way besides weaning him away from Roopa with the aid of whores to make his path clear to her amour and that throws her into a dilemma. But as fate puts Raja Rao into Roopa’s arms, how the tale ends is best described by one Mr. Spencer Critchley, thus: “It’s a refreshing surprise to discover that the story will not trace a fall into disaster for Roopa, given that many writers might have habitually followed that course with a wife who strays into extramarital affairs.”
Who said the novel is dead; 'Benign Flame' raises the bar.

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Part - I

Submitted: March 07, 2015

The attractions Roopa experienced and the fantasies she entertained as a teen shaped a male imagery that ensconced her subconscious. Insensibly, confident carriage came to be associated with the image of maleness in her mind-set. Her acute consciousness of masculinity only increased her vulnerability to it, making her womanliness crave for the maleness for its gratification. However, as her father was constrained to help her in becoming a doctor, she opts to marry, hoping that Sathyam might serve her cause though the persona she envisioned as masculine, she found lacking in him. But as he fails to go with her idea, she becomes apathetic towards him, and insensibly sinks into her friend Sandhya’s embrace, for lesbian solace.
In time, she comes in contact with Tara the suave call girl who unsuccessfully tries to rope her into her calling to achieve which she introduces Ravi the seducer. However, when Roopa goes to attend Sandhya’s wedding, she loses her heart to Raja Rao the groom even as Prasad, her husband’s lecherous friend falls for her. The scheming Prasad induces Sathaym to go the corrupt way besides weaning him away from Roopa with the aid of whores to make his path clear to her amour and that throws her into a dilemma. But as fate puts Raja Rao into Roopa’s arms, how the tale ends is best described by one Mr. Spencer Critchley, thus: “It’s a refreshing surprise to discover that the story will not trace a fall into disaster for Roopa, given that many writers might have habitually followed that course with a wife who strays into extramarital affairs.”
Who said the novel is dead; 'Benign Flame' raises the bar.
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Part - I(A)

Submitted: March 07, 2015

 11  It was the night that Sathyam awaited in elation and Roopa approached with trepidation. ‘Guess what I’ve got f... Read Chapter

Part - I(B)

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 20 As though to bring Roopa back to her humdrum routine, the next morning, Yadamma turned up for work past nine. “Why so ... Read Chapter

Part - II

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 Part - II  That December evening, Sandhya came home dancing to the tune, ‘Soon I’m going, to see my darling.’  ... Read Chapter

Part - II(A)

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8 That midsummer though Roopa was in heat to meet Sandhya, as her apprehensions about losing her mate after her marriage bogged her, ... Read Chapter

Part -II(B)

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14 When it was time for breakfast, Raja Rao and Sandhya went hand in hand to Thimmaiah’s place to be greeted by Narasamma’s steam... Read Chapter

Part -II(C)

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  19 At the break of the dawn, Roopa awoke to the sound of the buzzer, and was surprised to see Sathyam at the door. Seeing the ... Read Chapter

Part - II(D)

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 24 That morning, alighting from the Dakshin Express at Secunderabad, Raja Rao headed towards the Ritz. Though the anxiety he fe... Read Chapter

Part -III

Submitted: March 07, 2015

 Part - III In mid-January that sankranthi, the exhibition ground in Hyderabad came alive as the fair curious of all ages inunda... Read Chapter

Part -III(A)

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7 ‘Is Roopa leading me up the garden path without so much as letting me hold her little finger?’ Prasad thought in bewilderment t... Read Chapter

Part- IV

Submitted: March 07, 2015

 Part - IV   That August afternoon, at the Premier Architects’ office, holding Sandhya’s letter, Raja Rao was immersed ... Read Chapter

Part - IV(A)

Submitted: March 07, 2015

4 When Roopa got up the next day, finding Raja Rao staring at her longingly, she felt as if she woke up from a dream. ‘Why star... Read Chapter

Part -IV(B)

Submitted: March 07, 2015

8   Next morning, as Ramaiah goaded Janaki to get ready to attend the wedding of his colleague’s daughter, pretending a headac... Read Chapter

Part - IV(C)

Submitted: March 08, 2015

14 When the curfew was lifted in the walled city across the Musi, it did seem that sanity was restored in the excited souls. Though t... Read Chapter

Part - IV(D)

Submitted: March 08, 2015

 20  Some six months later, it seemed, destiny was making a course correction in Roopa’s life. After Sathyam had his ... Read Chapter

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