Read this book but just as a regular thriller, uncoupled with heavy expectations attached with the guy who held nation's breath with his The Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant and The Krishna Key. It's not a master-craft but then every book can't be. A decent thriller - Private India - read it and put aside. You won't be able to savour it like the previous three masterpieces of one of most celebrated storytellers of our generation.
This is my first children's book to review, and I am glad I read (and liked) it. As the blurb showcases, the story in the book revolves around three main characters - a little girl Mitu, the Moon, and Dhobi kaka. The story is simple but still exciting and binding while the characters are few in number, which is good from a child's point of view. Personification of the Moon could have been tricky, but the author manages to weave this character too with grace and vivid fancy. The language is breezy both for adults and their lower age counterparts. And the story moves at a good pace as it is beautifully accompanied by various creative illustrations which adds charm to the reading journey. All in all, quite a feel good story.
Also, this book doesn't offer any negative or gray shade character, but that is not at all necessary to be there in almost every book for kids justifying the victory of good over evil. That's why, I liked this book more.
But the beauty of this book is its powerful message, which is neither too preachy, nor light in morality, and is portrayed with elegance towards the end. Kids will surely love this book and apply the moral of the story in their real lives too.
That said and done, on the downside I would just like to say that the book doesn't offer a vast plot, apart from a few editing errors here and there.
The novel starts with the sad and depressing condition of one of the protagonists, Arjun, and then it moves quickly into flashback. The story revolves around Shiya, a super-talented singer, and her usual college life, her friends, family, and soon-to-be boyfriend Arjun. As the narrative progresses, the reader encounters some shocking revelations based around her family life, due to which, in addition with her ever-increasing singer fan base compel her to reside in Bombay and work with superstar Rehan.
As Shiya's fame grows, she and Arjun start having some tough time together due to various insecurities. Other characters like Rehan's gossip reporter gf Tanya, Shiya's sister Mansha, their father Shekhar and her past, famous poet Razia also play important role in taking the story forward.
Will Arjun and Shiya ever remain united? What's the mysterious past of Razia? Who is the murderer among them? Do the protagonists remain Chained to their fate?! To know answers to such questions, grab and read the book.
The book is just an average run-of-the-mill story. Laced with superficial narrative, confusing emotional scenes and naive storytelling, it never offers a feel of a quality read. The dialogues in any particular scene unfold in quite a melodramatic and capricious manner; never settling fully into poise, thus lacking finesse. It could have better been packed and published as a novella in order to offer a good quality read.
A Maverick Heart is the story of three friends - Rahul, Richita and Neerav whose friendship journey starts at IIT Bombay around the year 1996. The former and the latter are best friends and sports pals too. Rahul and Richita come into interaction with each other during inter-IIT sports, and the natural frequency matching brings them closer during their exposure to certain social issues pertaining to a dam building site. Romance ensues between the two, while girl's parents start looking out for a suitable 'settled' boy for her. Amidst all this, Rahul starts prioritizing the dam issue at the expense of his project work thus missing the deadline as well as his confirmed chance of MS, and loses an academic year as well.
Richita's parents consider Rahul totally unworthy for her, and fix her marriage with an NRI, Deepak, despite her adamant disinterest. With time, their marriage proves to be more of an arrangement, and not of compatibility. Add in the Wall Street boom of 2000s and the recession afterwords, the marriage is rocking due to pure capitalist attitude of the husband. Neerav, on the other hand, completes his MS, opens a start-up and later starts working on a prospective internet entertainment platform with Yeren, while also bringing Richita on board post their chance meeting after 3 years.
Back in India, Rahul never enters corporate world and rather channels his whole energy into a social youth platform spanning across schools, colleges and universities of Delhi and Lucknow; besides taking up part-time academic research work with his mentor Dr. Sen at IIT Bombay. With RTI tool getting quite popular in the early 2000s, his socio-political movements result in him being threatened for life, which propels him to take the fight with the corrupt govt. head-on.
How each of the three protagonists lead and excel in their respective lives forms the main volume of the story. Is Rahul's pain of loss of love behind his aggressive attitude towards life? How can/will Richita help him despite no contact for several years between them? Does she even want to go back and face Rahul after what she did to him?! What is Neerav's role in the whole story?
Will the maverick heart survive between the throes of love and life?!!
To know how three lives get entangled together despite being so far and uninformed of each other, pick up and read the book now. :)
The story develops from college life to romance to capitalist corporate world to social issues, in the mix. The best thing about the first quarter of the story is the beautiful romance between the love-birds, the solar eclipse episode being the most enchanting. The second and third quarters slightly go overboard with corporate and capitalist philosophy discussions, which at times, seems over-stretched and boring, but still conveys some meaning. The last 100 pages offer some unexpected turns and the book closes on a heart-warming note.
On the other hand, the editorial aspects of the book are poor. Question marks appear frequently despite the sentences not carrying any interrogative approach. Though dialogue writing is good, but most of the times the reader doesn't even get the idea who is speaking what due to lack of brief expressive phrases acting as follow-up to the dialogues. Apart from this, frequent switching of narration between first and third person greatly hampers the smooth flow of the story.
It's not a simple breezy read, be ready for some heavy philosophy at regular intervals. Moreover, there is a glaring contradiction with the character of Yeren - at one point, she brings out Field Medal talk in her introductory discussion with Neerav, while at medal's proper time in the story, she is depicted as totally unaware about it.
'साये में धूप' दुष्यंत कुमार की ग़ज़लों का एक क्रांतिकारी संग्रह है जिसमें राजनीतिक आक्रोश व सामाजिक विषमतायें प्रमुख हैं| इस संग्रह से उन्होंने हिंदी ग़'साये में धूप' दुष्यंत कुमार की ग़ज़लों का एक क्रांतिकारी संग्रह है जिसमें राजनीतिक आक्रोश व सामाजिक विषमतायें प्रमुख हैं| इस संग्रह से उन्होंने हिंदी ग़ज़लों का एक नया आयाम स्थापित किया है| ...more
The novel, set in late 80s and early 90s, begins with the first day at one of the most reputed colleges of Bombay, Gyan Shakti College. It is the start of a strong and inseparable friendship between Lou, Binny and Shali. Bonds strengthen between them as the usual affairs of college start, particularly the heavy lectures and the college canteen, which is the only place to liking of every student, offering carefree environment to hang out at amidst snacks and beverages.
And as it happens, a love angle starts between Shali and her class fellow Bhagu. They seem to develop a strong infatuation for each other as the time passes, but clearly oblivious to others as neither of them takes any step forward to initiate the talk. This is where rest of the gang, i.e., Lou and Binny, after careful observation start plotting how to bring the two face to face in the name of extra-curricular activities on the campus. Lou and Binny successfully play cupid while Shalini and Bhagu start getting to know each other for the better.
Amidst all this, cameos are played by the city's big secular (and cracking?) umbrella, and early 1990s bomb blasts which shook the city to the core, as well as the 'spirit of Bombay'. But the major draws are the big time feminine friendships and the efficient portrayal of ineffable flames of first love. Throw in a nice climax and a pleasing ending mixed with a tinge of contradictory emotions, and you get the feel of the author's journey into this debut novel of hers.
The prologue starts with a raunchy love-making event(s) between an unknown pair in an unbeknownst year, with a brutal end. The stMy Rating: 3.5 stars
The prologue starts with a raunchy love-making event(s) between an unknown pair in an unbeknownst year, with a brutal end. The story then directly shifts to the present where the killer is in its primary act to kill his first victim, a Sr. Insp. of Police in Mumbai. Inspector Virkar makes a good entry when he is tasked to find this killer. He visits the crime scene and discovers a compass box with the identity of the killer's next victim.
Dazzled and baffled, Insp. Virkar gets involved in the relentless pursuit to find the killer but fails miserably despite having deciphered the killer's codes for his next victims. Unpardoned by the media (due to not so suave but charming journalist Raashi) and pulled out from the investigation by his boss, Virkar takes it to himself to discover the true identity of the indi-genius killer taking clues from the final words of one of the dying victims. What follows is a saga of tracing and tracking the compass box killer and his motives which takes him to different places, putting them (Virkar and Raashi) in the path of danger, while uncovering the mask from the face of killer's next and final victim.
Does Inspector Virkar succeed in his trail? What dangerous cover-ups he gets wandered to while solving the case? Can he really love Raashi? Who is the final victim and is he even worth saving?!
Kaleidoscope is a collection of 25 award winning short stories, selected out of numerous stories received in the online contest organized by SpringTide. These stories will make you laugh out loud, scare you out of your mind, make you fall in love all over again, redefine relationships, make you rethink about the social conventions and provoke you to think some more. This book is going to keep you engaged as you move on reading from one spellbinding story to another, not wanting to keep the book down. Do not miss this chance to read some of the finest short stories by amazing new writers!
Idea behind Kaleidoscope:
SpringTide took this initiative to encourage new writers from different parts of the country and to motivate more and more youngsters to read and write. The contest and the book were very well received in different parts of the country. Parlance publishers, who have been known to promote new talent in the literary field, have added yet another feather to their cap by associating with SpringTide for this contest and giving a chance to this amazing concept.
In the words of Pawas Jain, Founder of SpringTide Magazine, "Kaleidoscope is an attempt to recognize the untapped potential in the literary circle of our country and it aims at increasing the youth participation in literary activities"
After a very long time, I read a collection of short-stories. Though I am not a very big devourer of this genre, but I like to read them occasionally iff they are written beautifully, i.e., if they have a 'story' in it to capture my reading interest. My favourite short story writers (english) till now have been Ruskin Bond, Roald Dahl, etc.
The book starts with Vivek Banerjee's The Hunter, Best Writer award winner for this book. The story is good, the flow is perfect. There is a surprise twist in the end but it didn't give me the thrills a suspense story should provide. 3 stars (All ratings are out of 5 stars)
Next come remaining Top 5 stories of the contest.
The House by Deboshree Bhattacharjee is a story of old age delusion, and the build-up to the climax is a bit suspenseful but hazy, with a sad but true ending. 2.5 stars
Next comes Tale of the Knitting Yarn by Nabanita Dhar. The story is simple with very less to offer in terms of newness but the evoking of emotions and word imagery provides a sense of longing and belonging quite good. 2.5 stars
Voice Male by Renuka Vishwanathan provides the context of hopeless love/infatuation in modern times. Nice one but predictable. 2.5 stars
A fresh breeze along the book comes in the terms of The Domino Effect by Deepa Duraisamy. The theme is how a chain of interconnected events started by the unaware protagonist changes the life of those who get involved in it. To weave so many different plots into a single story is not an easy task but the author justifies her work here. 3.25 stars
The Hike to the Temple by Prasanna Rao presents us with a horror story, but comes out with an unjustified character who was supposed to provide the scariness to the readers. 2 stars
Vaibhav Mukim's Food is a sci-fi tale with a chilling revelation as it moves forward. But its complex and vague plot (in the initial pages) could have been presented much better. 2.5 stars
Happy Puppet by Bhavya Kaushik is the female protagonist's self-confession story about her never-understood emotions by anyone in her cursed life due to a disease revealed at the end. 3 stars
And here comes my favourite read from this book. The story The White Dress written by Garima Nowal is an interesting one to read. First half is an exact replica of a common girl's mind in today's dangerous times, while the remaining part deals with the development of tender feelings towards generosity shown by a complete stranger, with a classic twist in the last sentence. A beautifully penned story; absolutely loved it. 4 stars
Rafaa Dalvi's Karma is a Bitch is another surprise entertainer, containing a supernatural flair with a delicate caressing of erotica. 3.5 stars
Redemption by Harihar Adarsh is a fantasy tale of an imaginary prince whom destiny beckons. Does he use his gift or falls in the process to unite the world - is the crux of this story with a mythical arc. Nice attempt. 3 stars
Next, Sarvana Kumar Murugan presents The Last Date. A dark romantic tale it is. 2.75 stars
I Love You Too by teenager Khushi Gupta does not endue anything new. A passable attempt at old age love with a background youth story. 2 stars
Nehali Lalwani bestows us with the book's yet another supernatural horror Alive Inside. Same old (similar coverage numerous times in horror movies like those of RGV) and predictable plot if you read carefully and apply some mind. Not a very great attempt. 2.5 stars
Balaganesh Pitchai gives his Theory of Evolution subsequently. A very interesting science fiction notion here. Interesting throughout with an open-mouth twist towards the end. Liked it. 3.75 stars
Next comes 'I' Operated by Smriti Mahale. This one takes up humorous quotient in its belly (which has come up quite good) and offers a delightful read about a girl's frequent visits to a hospital. A refreshing treat indeed. 4 stars
Parul Tyagi's The Star that Shines on Me... is a tale of a lower class Muslim wife, who deals with the disappearance of her husband and taking on life with her four kids through her fantasy bond with a superstar, to find hope in despair, and comfort in loss (phrase quoted from Amrit Sinha's review for Vault of Books). A different story. 3.25 stars
The boy who sold books by Anurag Bhatt doesn't offer anything new again. We all know the story of a protagonist, out of plight and conscience, trying to educate a working, school non-going but enthusiastic boy of 14; but fate has other (nothing interesting here too) plans. Passable. 2 stars
Thereafter, Rahul Biswas gives Chaos to us. A police story with a clash of responsibility towards their duty. How personal tragedy can alter one's mind towards destruction and chaos - is the crux of the story. Nice but bollywood-style events. Liked the way the story is framed. 3 stars
Here comes the most-awaited part (for me). Sanhita Baruah, whose romantic short story I liked much in Uff Ye Emotions earlier; she tries her hand on supernatural horror here with 'Secret of the murderous wood', but fails to entice. New packaging of an old folk tale with un-gripping narration disenchanted me from her charm this time. 2.5 stars
Aman Mathur bravely attempts the demonstration of the annihilation attitude of human race through his space fiction First Contact set in futuristic time. Heartfelt and hurtful. 3.75 stars
The Journey of My Life by Shishir Dhingra, after picking up quite good, finally disappoints at the end due to its predictable outcome. Some interesting twist could have been inserted to not make it one more forgettable love story. But it has its moments - how opportunity suddenly knocks your door and before you know, you get attracted to someone; how you take the initiative impetus and nurture this initial feeling into love from both sides - is what is beautifully shown here. 3 stars
Aniruddh Naik's story The Unknown Destination caters to the historical fiction genre. The author is successful in creating the interest in the story through Chandragupta Maurya's secret archives at some secret location with a secret society protecting them, but could have moulded the ending in a better way. Liked it though. He should extend this one into a full-fledged novel as it has the potential similar to Ashwin Sanghi's novels. 3.5 stars for now
Crazy Scarf by Prabhat Singh shows our world from a slightly different perspective. I've read such stories earlier but this one doesn't fail to impress also. Love at first sight with a rarebit approach. 3.25 stars
And the last story is When Love Oozed Out Blood by Ayush Agarwal. Initial buildup sets up the tempo but there isn't much to offer as it progresses. The end story should and could have been chosen more appropriately, I say. 2 stars
I would like to say that only writing a short story does not matter. There should be stuff, somewhat new concept, a content quality to be boasted of, not some already known plots in new, stylized wardrobe in a story. What was more encountered in this book were some average attempts at simply penning down of more or less known/predictable plots. Though there are a few very good tales also, but they are quite lesser in number. Also, the editing needed to be crisper to avoid language fallacies here and there.
That said and done, the positive thing is that the book really covers a diversity of genres taking readers' mind on different emotional rides - some good, some not good, some mixed; unlike some single genre oriented (like Love/Romance only) short story books which come across quite often nowadays. And I hope the next such (diverse) collection by SpringTide and Parlance Publishers would prove to be a better version in its content quality also, alongside the already established variety through this one. All in all, a nice Kaleidoscope of different flavours and colours of life.
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
P.S. -- Received a review copy from SpringTide founder Pawas Jain in exchange for an honest review
Anmol Rana, 35, was born in Dehradun, and completed his education from Mussoorie and Dehradun. A PG in science, he is currently working as a scientist in DRDO, and is settled in his hometown with his wife, parents, and two kids. He belongs to an unorthodox Indian middle class family where dreams are only restricted to sleep. He dared and turned his dream into a reality.
Writing was like a hidden treasure he discovered only recently. A scientist by mind and a writer by heart, he loves playing soccer and chess, as well as music and singing.
‘Seven Days Without You’ is a story of two childhood friends that finds its destiny only when they live seven days away from each other. What the joyous life of years together couldn’t unearth, was dug out by the heart breaking realities of seven days that were no less than a new life for him– one where his child hood friend was not with him.
The protagonist, Vishwas is all set for his first job. Enthralled with excitement the small town ‘mummy-papa’ boy leaves for Delhi and would return after seven days. His seven days without Shailja do not happen as he thought they would. His dreams ruined, expectations shattered and fantasies turned into nightmares, he realizes that life isn’t as simple as it looked from the balcony of his room.
Fun, joy, excitement, sorrow, disgust, embarrassment, deception and then LOVE… Seven days teach him the perfect definition of every sentiment. The battle of emotions and confessions that lasts for seven days transmutes his years old relationship into something else and his heart overflows with the love he thought Shailja would never kindle inside him.
What happened in those seven days that gouged his love out of friendship? Will Shailja still be waiting for him after these seven days? And will she reciprocate his love...?
It is a love story, no doubt, the title suggests that. But then, it's a very different approach to a typical Indian romance. A tale of love discovered while two friends(!) get separated first time from each other. Vishwas, aka Vishu, and Shailja are best friends, but with opposite views about the other self. Vishwas has always considered Shailja as her foe more and friend less, because of her seemingly irritated activities and actions directed towards him. (Evidently, Shailja's character has been explored by the author only from the point of view of Vishwas, the protagonist.)
For the first time, Vishwas is stepping out of his hometown, Dehradun, to Delhi for his software job. He is relieved that he will be away from her childhood friend Shailja for atleast some time now (as he has to return home on his birthday which falls after seven days). On his way to Delhi in a bus, he comes across Nishika, a modern gal, whom he falls for during the journey. He tries to impress her with his heart, only to get badly disappointed at the end of the journey. But the reader always gets to enjoy the witty monologues throughout. And that's the first time (heartbreak) he gets reminded of Shailja as his friend for the very first time sub-consciously.
The successive days of his stay at Delhi and his joining at office encounter a variety of incidents, some shocking, a few pleasing. He meets his cousin, his college friend Harsha, a southern Indian girl Vaijanthi, his mentor at work - Sanjana ma'm, his boss Bhoslay, among other friends at job. Everybody, in destiny's own style, teaches him a different perception of life, some for better, some for worse. Everyday his day goes under test regarding a different sentiment, but ends constantly with a perplexing thought about Shailja before retiring to bed.
And in those moments of fun, joy, sorrow, pain, fear, disgust, embarrassment, deception (not in this order) experienced over the course of those fateful seven days separated from his only friend teach him the essence of selfless love. The ending is, of course, predictable, but it's the overall approach, content, and writing of this novel which makes it unique among others in its genre.
Simplistic writing, but vivid and wondrous descriptions, flawlessly mixed with a perfect dose of honest beliefs, lively sentiments, and witty humour all throughout the book
Seven days of different experiences are worth delving into with a couple of lessons to be learnt about the reality of life out of home
Reality (satiric, indirectly) display of selfish face and meaningless life in the metro cities like Delhi in modern times
Neither any overflow of emotions nor any kind of unnecessary masala
Impressive and honest portrayal of a feeling which can never be described fully - LOVE
The printing could have been a bit more darker in order to enjoy the reading in less eye-straining manner
An epilogue at the end of the story would have been the sparkling icing on the delicious cake
I would like to say that I never predicted such a gem of a novel when the author first contacted me for its review. Before reading, I only thought of it as just another romance novel into the ocean of such innumerous ones out there today. But now when I have read and savoured it, I must say that he has done a highly commendable job in this debut work of his.
My Recommendation: A MUST READ for every romantic fiction lover.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
P.S. -- Received a review copy from the author in exchange of an honest review...more
Like many, Revant has dreamt of getting that fancy and highly regarded MBA degree. After working hard, finally he gets an admission to one of the top Indian B-schools. His excitement is short lived as the overwhelming pressure and the vague definitions of management boggle him down. He gets frustrated with the people around him who see MBA as a purpose of earning higher salary and getting superior designations and indulging in unneeded arrogance. He thinks this is not what he wanted to learn out of his MBA. But then, something changes and Revant experiences the true purpose of pursuing an MBA. An inside story of MBA graduates, the book helps one realize that real purpose of a MBA degree is not confined to money, blazer, arrogance but it is more than that.
About the Author:
Krishna Kranthi is a management professional from Hyderabad. He has pursued his studies from CBIT, worked with lnfosys, Amazon before pursuing his MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai. In his own words, he describes himself as "Eccentric, Honest, Optimistic and Passionate". This is his first novel. [www.krishnakranthi.com, firstname.lastname@example.org]
Genre: Fiction (real-life inspired)
Publisher: Nivasini Publishers
Price: Rs.150/- [A part of your money from this purchase goes to the NGO - Vigyan Ashram in form of educational scholarship to the Students]
The book follows the story of Revant in first person, from the time he is set to join a reputed B-school for his 1-year MBA programme till the end of it. Prior to it, he had worked for some top firms and due to the widespread notion that MBA will provide him with better work portfolio and compensation as a management graduate, he opts for this programme at SPJIMR. But he remains confused regarding the true purpose of his MBA for most of the time, as he discovers his batchmates going crazy about Money, always in Blazers, and becoming increasingly Arrogant.
Trying to figure the MBA puzzle out, he enlists the help of Prof. Sugandh, who advises him to build up on his Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude (read the book to know how he manages to do all this). In the meantime, he gets to work with NGO Vigyan Ashram as part of his curriculum, where he understands about the concept of Social Entrepreneurship on-hand. Using his acquired K,S,A and his NGO experience, and applying the definition of MBA to it, he finally understands the true purpose of his MBA (again, read the book to find it out; it's the crux of the story and handled very well).
The book is divided in 12 chapters based on 12 months of Revant's MBA schedule. Most of the story is like a regular campus happenings (like other novels out in the market), just that it's the first time the story is primarily set as a full-mode MBA life (leaving the 2 States out of this context). His learnings at college and abroad (under student exchange program), feelings of love towards a campus girl, familiar family pressures form the most of the content.
The language is simple and very easy to understand, and the use of MBA jargons has been kept very less and to the point, without stretching unnecessarily.
Description of his journey/sight-seeing abroad is lively and exciting to read.
Nice peek into a MBA student's life for the first time
A nice, happy ending; with a message to everybody out there
"I am not the person I wanted to be; maybe I am the person I needed to be."
The language is erroneous at times with spelling and grammatical mistakes occurring too often.
Neither very much exciting, nor inciting much curiosity in the reader's mind (but still a smooth read overall)
Well, to conclude, I would say that it's not really a coming-of-age story, rather it's about discovering yourself and the purpose of one's life in a new light, that of the MBA degree.
My recommendation: A must-have book for the MBA aspirants and to-be-and/or-already MBA graduates. A nice one-time read for the others with a nice message hidden for all.
Crushed by successive crop failures and the burden of debt, Sudhakar Bhadra kills himself. The powerfuBackground:
As the folded cover page proclaims -
Crushed by successive crop failures and the burden of debt, Sudhakar Bhadra kills himself. The powerful district committee of Mityala routinely dismisses the suicide and refuses compensation to his widow. Gangiri, his brother, makes it his life’s mission to bring justice to the dead by influencing the committee to validate similar farmer suicides.
Keyur Kashinath of the Democratic Party - first-time member of Parliament from Mityala, and son of Vaishnav Kashinath, the party’s general secretary - is the heir to his father’s power in Delhi politics. He faces his first crisis every suicide in his constituency certified by the committee as debt-related is a blot on the party’s image, and his competence.
The brilliant farmer battles his inheritance of despair, the arrogant politician fights for the power he has received as legacy. Their two worlds collide in a conflict that pushes both to the limits of morality from where there is no turning back. At stake is the truth about ‘inherited’ democratic power. And at the end, there can only be one winner. Passionate and startlingly insightful, Shoes of the Dead is a chilling parable of modern-day India.
A book that will make you stroll through India’s corridors of power and politics with a perfect portrayal of how its consequences creep into the lives of the farmers forcing them to commit suicide. Get ready to read a gripping tale by Kota Neelima.
The protagonist of the story is Gangiri Bhadra, a righteous activist-cum-farmer, who after his elder brother’s suicide decides to wear the Shoes of the Dead to bring justice to others ill-fated in his village and district. Others who play important roles in the novel are Nazar Prabhakar, a journalist who writes under no pressure; Keyur Kashinath, a first time MP son of a respected politician of Democratic Party; Videhi Jaichand, a survey analyst at the Centre for Contempory Societies. Rest pivotal characters include maha-Sarpanch Lambodar, moneylender Durga Das, Collector Gul among others.
The story of the novel takes place part in the village Gopur of distt. Mityala and part in Delhi. The increasing number of farmer suicides in Mityala constituency under MP Keyur Kashinath after the inclusion of Gangiri Bhadra in the district suicide committee (for awarding compensation to the patra declared suicide cases) has become a bone of contention to the maha-Sarpanch Lambodar and his MP Keyur.
Gangiri, who lost his elder brother to debt-distress suicide, was refused compensation it being voted as apatra (ineligible) verdict by the suicide committee, so he decides to take the matter in his own hands to bring justice to the dead by working within the committee and forcing by truth to provide righteous compensation to several widows. But on this path of truth, he manages to make higher powers his enemy for whom more number of farmer suicides means the inefficiency of MP Keyur who has inherited power from his father, and they plan to eliminate him from the committee by any means possible.
The story then evolves into a power struggle indirectly between MP Keyur and farmer Gangiri. The latter is helped by journalist Nazar Prabhakar and Dr. Videhi Jaichand indirectly in his quest for justice and fairness to farmers.
Will Keyur be able to dominate his honest enemies and save his face? Will Gangiri succeed in his mission and what prices will he have to pay on the way?! To observe the fight between power politics and a farmer’s righteous mission, one should read this novel by Kota Neelima who has done a wonderful work here.
Power struggle distributed throughout the book
Values and honour of a farmer and true description of his true pathetic condition in our country
The author justified the theme through the unprecedented but perfect ending of the book.
The complexity of the language throughout made it difficult for me to understand any single paragraph in one go. I had to read and re-read literally every second paragraph on an average which distracted the flow of the story. Hence it took me a long time to read (coupled with my illness in between), that’s why this late review.
I couldn’t understand, first, the placing of romantic tension between Nazar and Videhi, and secondly, it being left in a cliffhanger with no use in the story.
This book by SP is a global blend of a variety of stories, beautiful poems, and breathtaking photographs; all in one place. Moreover, the page quality is very good, just like cherry topping on 'colorful' ice-cream of different flavors. :) Would surely like to contribute towards SP's next anthology.