Thursday, 28 July 2016

Book Review- A Broken Man by Akash Verma

Once in a while, there comes a book that just warms your heart. Nothing thrilling about it. No adrenaline racing. But just pure tender warmth that goes deep within. A Broken Man by Akash Verma is one of those. And all this even when there is nothing totally new in the basic plot. It is the story-telling which makes it amazing.

Krishna, a dalit boy from a small village in Bihar, comes to Lucknow University. He has grown up in a cruel world where the likes of him are constantly tormented for belonging to a low caste. Things in Lucknow University are not very different till he meets Chhavi. Chhavi happens to be daughter of an influential politician and belongs to a Brahmin family. She not only shuns abject casteism but also hopelessly falls in love with Krishna. Obviously, the match is not accepted by her family. What follows is a drama of love, longing and endurance.

The plot is, frankly, predictable and used so many times in movies and books. But still reading this book was no less enjoyable. The storyline flows seamlessly taking it with you along the way. Hindi poems here and there were like jewels sprinkled randomly. The characters are described so beautifully that you fall in love with them. And you can feel their pain through the words.
However, I did not see the relevance of the title “A Broken Man” with the story. If it was meant to say something about the protagonist, it seemed to have failed miserably because Krishna did not appear broken to me. In fact, he looked like somebody who would not break even in toughest of circumstances. Perseverance and determination define his personality. So I am still wondering about the title and the cover page.
You might not find a new story here. But read this one for the beautiful writing style. Read it for the numerous moments which will make you smile. And read it to fall in love with Krishna and Chhavi.
My Rating-

About the Author:- Akash is an entrepreneur and Indian fiction author. His work has taken him across the country and he finds this experience very relevant while giving shape to his stories. He has authored two national bestsellers - It Happened That Night, in 2010 and Three Times Loser, in 2011. Akash took up to writing fiction in 2007; and he attributes this sudden urge towards writing to his compelling passion in understanding human relationship and behavior. He has deep interest in music, literature, history and travel. Akash is based in Gurgaon, India. (Source: Goodreads)

I recieved a free paperback copy of this book by WritersMelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

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