But he is the picture of disenchantment? He discovered that Akriti has found distraction with someone else.
His is caught in a fix on which path to follow. He embarks on a journey to empirically explore different options - the sexually vibrant personal secretary Sana and Italian Mary, to name just two - but at the end of it, winds up with more questions than he started out with.
To confuse things further, Akriti continues to occupy a tender place in his heart; a woman first and a wife later.
Shiva claims he would not have turned adulterous but for Akriti's adultery.
He calls his approach to Akriti's adultery passively vengeful, because it did not lead to any direct confrontation with her, or lead to their separation, and remained subdued at the level of anger.
The novel, Kumar's second after "As Boys Become Men", is published by Bloomsbury India.
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