by Amar Vyas
The story of riches to rags.
This is a fast-paced and gripping narration about Amol Dixit who returns to India after almost a decade to spend some time with his Aai Baba. Things don’t turn out the way he expected them to be. The book very nicely unveils each and every event happening to Amol after he returns to India. A great account of some missteps which makes one wonder about the could-have-been!
The narration of this book is pretty simple and glueing. You will love the way he has written the conversations and you can actually imagine that happening in your head. Narratives like these are pretty rare. And it is very easy to relate to what has been written because he portrayed the two things really well – India, as we know it and Indians, as we know them.
Amol, the main protagonist of the story is a happy and carefree man residing in Chicago and decides to come back to India for a short span of time. He has been living there over a decade but li’l did he know that returning back would not only mean adjusting to the varied culture but also the lifestyle and the pathetic work life in India.
The best part about this book is that the contrast in everything and aspect has been brought out really well.
Settling down to the Indian work environment is difficult. And we all know that. I loved the way the difficulties that Amol faces while adjusting in the non-progressive work environment in India has been described. The way the relationship that Amol shares with his parent have been described is commendable too. And finally, the loss of the woman of his life and then seeking his mom’s help to find him a wife is the most interesting part of the story according to my understanding.
The way the story has been woven is just great.
The story has been inspired by real events but just don’t look for the rationality and practicality in the story. Read it for fun. Dramatization is necessary to build up a story, however, life is full of uncertainties and for all, you know that it might have just happened!
The book can not be put down before you finish it up. Not a very intelligent novel that will keep you wondering but yes, a fun novel to read when you just want to unwind.
I guess the NRIs might identify well with it. For the rest of us, yes, we will connect to the unfair environment portrayed in the book.
Price: INR 260
My Ratings: 3/5
You can buy the book from here.