If I generally miss a deadline for book review, I would panic a lot, but this book’s deadline was almost a month ago. However, I didn’t panic as after the natural calamities that happened in Chennai, these issues became very minimal. Despite the fact that this is a first world problem, I badly wanted to finish this today. So here it goes;
Book Blurb: Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organization based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, ‘Operation India One’. As his investigations on the ground progress, however, he uncovers behind the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged. Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the miserable plight of the people of the area and the supposed terrorists fighting for them, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow countrymen.
Stri’s Take On It: This book is one-of-its-kind of a novel. Although, when I got this for review, I was wondering if a book like this would be everyne’s genre, I was taken aback by the fact that this book indeed can be everyone’s genre. The plot is realistic and poignant, yet for a person like me who haven’t witnessed anything about a Naxal camp, it feels so understandable.
- The plot is a big WOW. The story, the way it flows, the picturization of minute details are all soul-stirring.
- The language is simple despite the fact that this book is meant to be on a really poignant genre.
- The characterization and description of characters are a big let down. For a story and narration that is so poignant, I feel the characters should have been more defined.
Bottom line: A pretty decent read if you have no expectations from it.
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