A writer’s best friend is a broken man. Or woman, there is no bias here. Piecing together the broken pieces is a great literary phenomenon to behold. Dickens did it a number of times. So do many writers today. Something about the broken man appeals to writers in a way other things don’t.
Midnight Cab to Noida tells the story of one such broken man. Broken down by bad choices and the cut throat world, Shyam tends to his pieces driving an Uber and writing a novel. Like some broken men, he has a fairly poor opinion of himself. Not surprisingly, this opinion is shared by most around him.
While reading, we are sympathetic to the broken man. In some ways, he reflects our own pitfalls. However, when we come across the broken man in real life, our sympathy often turns to judgment. We question the silly choices he makes, his lack of self-esteem and confidence.
As soon as a broken man in a book becomes a real man in life, he loses the empathy of his admirers. Such is our world, a cluster of contradictions and paradoxes.
A Change in the Wind
It’s a story, so a broken man won’t remain broken for long!
So what does a writer do piece together a broken man. In most cases, there is an introduction of an agent. An agent can be anything, a character, an event or a milestone. In our story, Shyam’s life begins to change upon meeting Padmini.
Padmini looks at Shyam, and unlike the rest of the world, doesn’t judge. She sees in him something Shyam has long forgotten about himself. She sees for him a goal, a goal which may seem lofty and unlikely to be achieved, but a way forward nonetheless. The broken and beaten Shyam, who has given up on life goals and adopted a cynical way of living begins to allow Padmini to shape his thinking. This is how a broken man begins to piece himself together.
What to do in the end?
We come to the climax, where one of three things can happen:
1. The broken man is made complete again
2. The broken man is repaired partially, as he learns to give up his cynical ways.
3. The broken man is repaired, and then broken down again. This is the ultimate nightmare for the man, and will push him to the depths of his own abyss.
The ending depends on the type of story a writer wants to tell. All three scenarios represent a different way of storytelling, and all three are entirely possible.
We have many originals on our platform, and some do explore the psychosis of the broken man (Garuda). In conclusion, we will encourage you to read Midnight Cab to Noida and make up your own mind.
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