Monday, November 14, 2011

I'm not twenty four - Blogadda Book review

I’m not twenty four… I’ve been nineteen for five years. When I first read this title as a part of the Book review program on Blogadda, I said to myself: I have got to get this book to review; the only reason being that I’ve been saying the same thing as the title since the last five years. Well not in the same exact words though!!!

The story begins with Saumya describing herself, an MBA grad being placed in the god-forsaken town of Toranagallu in Karnataka in a steel plant. Her journey starts from the various gory realities that she is exposed to in the Safety department and ends in chasing the subtle hints left by her beau Shubro, the love of her life. What transpires inbetween is a series of nuances that describe Saumya’s life in that village (which is a drastic contrast to her life in Delhi) touching various aspects like helping the villagers, dealing with employee losses, gaining responsibilities and then, falling in love through a series of fairy-tale-like incidences!

There are a couple of shining highlights about the book where Sachin has almost hit the jackpot. The first one is the plot of the book that is interestingly gripping. The second has to be the concept that proves to be a breath of fresh air since the portrayal of a girl by a guy is commendable. Once you start reading the book, you actually fuhget that it’s a guy writing this book. At some places, you can even relate to the protagonist.

As far as Shubro is concerned, his character has been allotted a nice sparkle and vibrancy in contrast to Saumya’s sensibility. But Shubro, in the end, was projected to be of a type that no longer exists lol – a type that is too good to be true. That burst of emotion towards the end was a bit over the top. And in the end when Saumya’s made to read Shubro’s blogposts, Sachin should’ve made it more heart-warming and humane to keep in line with the feelings of both d leads.

The mood of the whole book has been kept to a very simple tone… a little too simple infact! With different incidences thrown in to provide an emotional contrast to the readers so as to break any monotony, Sachin tried his best to weave a smoothly intertwined story. Having said that, I think the language is a bit too deplorable. When the prologue itself houses three variant spellings of Toranagallu, you don’t know what to expect from the rest of the book. The lowest point of this book is that the proof-reading isn’t up to the mark. In fact, it quite runs into the negative space along with an improper usage of syntax all throughout the book.

Overall, kudos to Sachin for having a conceptually different book with a likeable cover pic, but had he worked on it a tad more, he would’ve been able to deliver the otherwise malnourished story strongly and effectively. But seriously, you have got to work on your English!!!
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