the_guardian_angels_rohit_goreA few days back I was surprised to find a mail from Rohit Gore asking me if I would be interested in reviewing his latest novel. I had no idea how to react. I do not read much of Indian authors because of Chetan-o-phobia. I know I am generalizing here and that is why I read Anita Desai’s ‘The village by the sea’ and ‘Fire on the mountain’ and loved both the books. I also read ‘The blue bedspread’ by Raj Kamal Jha and heaved a sigh of relief that there are authors who can help me get over my phobia.

As soon as I got Rohit’s mail, I checked the reviews of his book on Flipkart and Goodreads. The reviews were majorly positive and so I decided to give it a go. There were reasons that were trying to pull me the other way but I will come to them later.

The book was a surprise. On the surface it looks like a regular story of rich boy meets poor girl and the clashes and the sparks that follow but it is a much deeper study of their relationship. Aditya Mehta and Radha Deodhar meet accidentally when they are in school. Radha saves Adi that day and thus begins their turbulentΒ and absorbing journey. The book takes us through their relationship for the next two decades. Aditya is a son of very wealthy businessman and lives in a 40-story mansion (sounds very familiar?) while Radha is the daughter of a middle class man with strong principles and does not have a very good opinion about the Mehta empire headed by Adi’s parents.

I found the book very engrossing. In fact it is one of the books where I did not notice the passage of time. It is fast paced and there is no stagnation in any part of it. Not only Adi and Radha’s characters but the characters of their parents, Heena, Vedant and Sudha Bapat are also well etched. The set up is believable and well-defined. There is something very grounded about the book. You relate to the upheavals and the life turning events the protagonists go through.

Having said that I was not able to comprehend Aditya’s parents. They are sensible, believe in charity and still live in a 40-story monstrosity. But then we have a real life example of that, don’t we? Also, I was a bit surprised when Radha’s mother insist that she goes to Scotland on a holiday with Adi. I have doubts that this could happen in an Indian middle class family.

Coming back to the reasons that were pulling me the other way. I did not like the blurb at the back. It seemed like a desperate attempt by the publication house to sell it by portraying it as a run-of-the-mill love story which it is not. It has layers, it is deep and it is much more than a college romance. I would have second thoughts about buying the book after reading it. I am not a fan of the cover either.Β And so, I am glad that Rohit sent me a copy.

Overall, an engaging book and worth reading. I hope someone makes it into a movie. It will be a Bollywood movie I would love to watch if there are no item numbers in it.

Rating – 4/5

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

16 Comments

  1. dauntlessdaisy October 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    This one now falls in the list of to-read books πŸ™‚ thanks for the review πŸ™‚

    • Amit October 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dauntlessdaisy. πŸ™‚

  2. umashankar October 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I am surprised you mention Anita Desai in the same breath as the mushrooming Indian ‘writers’!

    I can understand your feeling when you say you hope someone made a movie out of it -I suspect many of them have the movie already in mind when they write.

    • Amit October 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Anita Desai was elemental to give me courage to read Indian authors. That was the only context in which I mentioned her.
      For this book, if the movie is made exactly the way the book is written, it might not be a successful movie. But it will be a good movie.

  3. Diwakar Narayan October 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I am still reading the book. My review will follow soon. Your review gives fuel to my interest in it πŸ™‚

    • Amit October 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Diwakar. It is a different book, not one of the usual love stories. I hope you will like it. πŸ™‚

  4. Ashwathy October 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    YOU say a book is good, I will give it a shot πŸ™‚

    • Amit October 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ash. πŸ™‚

  5. Corinne Rodrigues October 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Rohit sent me the book too and I’ve started reading it. I do get what you’re saying about Indian writers of English. I’ve missed out on many of them too, simply because I grew up reading foreign authors – my loss and am trying to catch up.

    • Amit October 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm - Reply

      I am discovering Indian writers too and there are a lot of them who are great. Well, there are so many books to read and just one life. We are not Superman. πŸ™‚

  6. AlkaGurha October 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Radha’s feisty characters gripped me in the first chapter. And as you say, the beauty of this story lies in the layers of romance spanning decades.

    • Amit October 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      Yes, I like the way the book is written as a series of emails and diary entries. The end was touching.

  7. Rachna October 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    The review seems nice. I was also of the same view about Indian authors. It also has to do with declining standards of publishing houses and the editors they engage. I read Somnath Batabyal’s book and quite liked it. Currently I am reading, The Caretaker, by A. Ahmad which is another engaging read. Clearly, all Indian authors cannot be painted with the same brush. Uff, there are so many books out there and so little time to read.

    • Amit October 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      There are always good writers. Some of them are not very successful, so maybe it is up to us to choose carefully.
      I liked this book although I was a bit apprehensive about reading it, which is good.
      Yes, life is too short. I need more time to read. πŸ™‚

  8. Shaili D. October 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    I have still not replied to Rohit’s email because of the same reason which you cited…but now I think I shall give it a try…thanks for the review! πŸ™‚

    • Amit October 22, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Thanks Shaili. It is a good book.

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