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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Saat Khoon Maaf: Susanna's Seven Husbands' Mysterious deaths


Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes
יח  שְׁלֹשָׁה הֵמָּה, נִפְלְאוּ מִמֶּנִּי;    וארבע (וְאַרְבָּעָה), לֹא יְדַעְתִּים.
18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:
יט  דֶּרֶךְ הַנֶּשֶׁר, בַּשָּׁמַיִם--    דֶּרֶךְ נָחָשׁ, עֲלֵי-צוּר;
דֶּרֶךְ-אֳנִיָּה בְלֶב-יָם--    וְדֶרֶךְ גֶּבֶר בְּעַלְמָה.
19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a young woman.
כ  כֵּן, דֶּרֶךְ אִשָּׁה--    מְנָאָפֶת:
אָכְלָה, וּמָחֲתָה פִיהָ;    וְאָמְרָה, לֹא-פָעַלְתִּי אָוֶן.
20 So is the way of an adulterous woman;
she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith: 'I have done no wickedness.' 

Proverbs 30:18-20

Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, a beautiful woman who over the course of thirty-five odd years, gets married seven times due to the untimely and mysterious deaths of half a dozen of her hapless husbands. The strange circumstances of their deaths make Susanna a prime suspect. Enigmatic and irresistibly charming in equal measure – Susanna is the kind of woman any man would die for! Literally!
Edwin Rodriques
A young and beautiful Susanna falls in love with The Major, who’s oh-so-dashing in his uniform. Yes, he’s a bit too old for her, and he likes giving orders. But love is blind.
Murdered by ....

Jimmy Stetson
Soon thereafter – very soon – Susanna decides to marry Jimmy, whose good looks and musical talent sweep her off her feet. She invests in him, but she has no idea what lies in store.
Murdered by ....

Wasiullah Khan
As a romantic soul. Susanna is susceptible to beautiful poetry. Hence it is that she discovers and marries Wasiullah Khan a.k.a Musafir, by day a gentle poet and by night… something else.
Murdered by ....
Nicolai Vronsky
Growing older but no wiser. Susanna next marries a Mr. Vronsky from Moscow and almost re-enacts her very own Anna Karenina love story.
Murdered by ....

Keemat Lal
All these dead husbands! The police take an interest, especially Officer Keemat Lal, who is helpful to the extreme. He not only persuades Susanna to marry him, he makes it impossible for her to say no.
Murdered by ....
Dr Modhusudhon Tarafdar
By now our Susanna is suffering from melancholy, not to mention indigestion. Along comes her savior, Dr. Modhusudhon Tarafdar with a healthy answer to both problems: a strict mushroom diet.
Murdered by ....

The 7th Husband Prem Pujari
It turns out that Dr. Mushroom isn’t Susanna’s last savior. She marries yet again, and finally it’s for good.
Murdered by ....
The romantic misadventures of Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, a beautiful lass who over the course of thirty-five odd years, gets married seven times due to the untimely and mysterious deaths of half a dozen of her hapless husbands.
The strange circumstances of their deaths, makes Susanna a prime accused. Did the husbands deserve to die? Were the murders out of necessity or pure blood-lust? Does Susanna ever find her one true love?

3 comments:

uRead-bookstore said...

Susanna's Seven Husbands stands out on the narrative factor. The novel is far better than the on- screen adaptation of the same.
Ruskin Bond leaves the readers expecting the unexpected and getting gripped in to this new novella of love and death. The femme fatale avatar of the protagonist has been essayed really well.
It proves to be a nice read!


Susanna's Seven Husbands

RMP said...

Thanks for the link. Amazing story of a Black Widow. But, it is tame compared to my blog "Chronicles of a Black Widow".

mohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read Susanna's Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.