It has been little over a month since my novel was launched. The reviews started trickling in around two weeks back and have been mostly positive. The reviewers have been generous in praising the story, the characters, prose and the descriptions. Writing a family saga had its own challenges but I enjoyed each and every moment of researching and then writing the book. I will leave you with a few links of the reviews. Do read them to know more about the book.
Review by Akanksha Dureja –
Through a span of almost a century, through multiple people and places, through stories within stories, the book keeps the reader engaged. It expects a certain level of concentration, and rightly so. Pick this one up for a peep into the past, to get to re-live stories that your grandparents told of an era when things were simple and uncomplicated, as well for a deep dive into what the future could be. Read the full review here.
Review by Ruchira Shukla –We are almost lulled into believing that the book is all about the secret. But as it progresses you can’t help but wonder if the secret is simply a ruse. The underlying theme of the book is human relationships and their complexities. Very subtly, Amit digs deep into the human psyche to unearth and explore deep rooted emotions, fears and half-forgotten memories of the past that define each one of the characters and makes them what they are. Read the full review here.
Review by Sakshi NandaAt the core of ‘False Ceilings’ is the human drama of ‘life’ – of ‘decisions, lost opportunities, frustrations, happiness and complications.’ You will meet characters with real personalities, etched in utmost detail. The book is strong on context, placing characters in varied geographies drawn to the tee. Amit seems to have researched the past well and imagined the future plausibly in order to document the flux of time and the passing of ages, an idea central to a saga. Read the full review here.
Review by Rekha DhyaniAmit’s description of Delhi in the pre-independence era to the post-independence era is something that is worth a mention. It is not everyday that you read of how contrasting the two Delhis are. Even the simple and steady lives in the hills of Dalhousie are beautifully described and the characters from the various eras connected to it in some way or the other. A lot of history goes into this writing and I admire the efforts of the author in weaving them seamlessly within the plot. Read the full review here.
Review by Rachna ParmarAmit is really good with descriptions. He explores the natural beauty of both Dalhousie and Delhi graphically. He also takes care to go in depth and lead the reader through the lives, insecurities, jealousies, frailties and tumultuous emotions of his protagonists. Actually, what impressed me is his deft understanding and exploration of human psyche. His prose flows naturally, soothing at times and troubling at others as he gets under the skin of emotions and issues we normally like to sweep under the carpet. Read the full review here.
The Grilling at Purba Ray’s BlogAnd here is a special bonus. A few days back, I was grilled medium rare on Purba Ray’s blog where a bunch of friends got together and asked me funny, sane and uncomfortable questions about my book. Hop on to Purba’s blog here to read the Q&A Session.