It was another simple day when Varun Gautam buzzed me to ask if I could give a genuine unbiased review for his book. I had asked him to send me a copy, which I normally ask the authors or distributors to send if they need a review from me. After I received my copy, it was so chaotic at home that I totally had to put it on shelf till the Diwali celebrations got over. Finally, few days back I got to read this book. Was it interesting? How did I like it? Read on to know more.
A perfectly written script goes awry when Arjun encounters the unexpected. His belief in occult injustice solidifies when he, on one hand, fails to clear the much coveted IMS entrance exam and on the other hand, his friend Mohan gets more than what he deserved in life. Unable to cope up with this unfairness, he becomes directionless. With no way forward and some strained relations, he reaches the peak of monotony in his life and has nowhere to draw his inspiration from. One day suddenly he gets hold of a device called The Symbol which promises to solve all his problems.
Can The Symbol help him come out of his woes?
Will he be able to rise above the so called injustice and prove his mettle?
It is a journey that takes a peek into finding a new perspective and chartering inspiration from unknown territories, where none was thought to have existed.
About the Author:
Varun Gautam makes his debut as an author with his book The Symbol: the story that is an amalgamation of fictional and factual experiences. After completing his engineering from Pantnagar University, he started working as a computer professional in one of the India’s prominent IT Companies. He is currently settled in New Delhi and married to Anjali. He was fond of writing since his early days and has never let this creative bug of writing go away from him. The journey that started with casual school board articles has taken a new impetus with the advent of his first book. Through his stories, he wants to spread a message across to bring about a change in the mind-set of the people. He is fond of watching movies. Lately travelling has become his newest passion. Covering entire India is surely on his wish list.
Varun Gautam can be reached at email@example.com
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I prefer the reviews without spoilers, so I have maintained this book review too in the same way. First things first, Varun had attempted to write a book that is of a genre which breaks the stereotypes of typical romance or crime novels. More than ¾ of the books I receive from Indian authors are either of the two. However, The Symbol is one of its kind thriller. What starts of as a typical teenager life in northern part of India, quickly shifts into a tale of desperation, jealousy, ego, and miracles. While one might think of the book as a slow paced one in the initial 100 pages, it gradually picks up speed and marches on.
- A different attempt at story telling with a simple storyline.
- Although the climax was melodramatic, it was quite a touching one.
- The author had kept the story to a simple language, more comfortable for novice readers.
- The first 100 pages of the book beats around the bush, explaining and re explaining the life of Arjun.
- Too much of comparison between cricket and Arjun’s life, while it is nice to read at a certain level, it kind of gets too much especially when the story doesn’t unfold in the first hundred pages.
Do I recommend? If you are looking for a light read, and if you can move past 100 pages of random explanations to go forward with the real story, then do give it a read.