Sunday, 28 July 2013

Review for the book A Maverick Heart between Love and Life by Ravindra Shukla

Publisher                      : Frog Books
ISBN                             : 978-93-82473-00-8
Year of Publication       : 2013
No of Pages                 : 383
Cover                           : Paper Back                
Language                     : English
Author                         : Ravindra Shukla
Type                             : Fiction
Price                             : INR 195
Rating                          : 3/ 5

First of all I must say I apologies to the author because I have given my fact review, not like other reviewers who only give 5/4. I know that writing a novel is very tough job I am appreciating the work but the author have to do an total ground work for writing I am saying on the basis of what I have read different author’s up till now. Now about this book it is based on life of individual/group of friends in and around the campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). The first part i.e. campus and college life is good. As the author himself has studied in IIT. At one time I thought to quite this book but I must say it was interesting when there was a life in USA. The story is too much stretch it should be near about 250 pages. Although I like many parts such as the struggle life of USA how our Indians ruined there life in the year 2000. The jobless Indians and the recession of Wall Street. But when it came to near 250 pages it is getting very interest because that is the turning point of all of the characters of this novel. Many a times I was getting confused while reading as it jumps from one character to another without knowing to which character we are reading.  The language is very simple which makes it easy to read it. The author has not provided any new things. It seems whatever the author has wrote everyone have already read it. However, this novel didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Now a days there is too much of IIT, campus etc, many books have been published on this field I think new author should think out of this box.      

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·                     The Plot
The story is based on the life of three friends who are studying at IIT, Bombay - Rahul, Richita and Neerav. The novel covers the journey between 1996 to 2004. It’s a story of love, friendship, courage, faith, jealousy, revolution, and revelations. These three young students meet each other in the campus and gradually become friends. All three characters are different from each other with different goals and approach towards life.

Rahul is a small city guy who has a brain like Ramanuja and a heart to do work for society. He stuns the world by declining a million-dollar award in the field of mathematics equivalent to the Nobel for reasons unknown. He decides to stay back in the country and fight against corruption, while his friends move on to foreign countries for better education and life.

Richita is a beautiful girl from a family which has stronghold in politics. She loves Rahul. She suffers a lot in the story with heart breaks and compromises but in the end listens to her heart and does what she feels is right. Ultimately, she leaves her million-dollar job in the US for her beloved in India.

Neerav. For Neerav friendship always came first before anything else. He could do anything for his best friend Rahul. He is successful entrepreneur and a man with a big heart. In the story, Neerav rushes to India from the US to help his friend who is in trouble. Rahul is leaving his business at a very crucial stage.

From the back of the book cover
Resonance -
We often use the term, “frequency matching” in our daily life to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page etc?
When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within the same range) come together – output is not a simple sum of individual work,but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit.
Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become closefriends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure?
How do their character shape out, as they traverse from an educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the social-political world? Inspired by the real events across the globe from the lastdecade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story – struggle and triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current socio-eco-political era.

Some of the catchy lines which I liked are:-
Alcohol is just a medium to swim through the inner urge. Page no 19
God created solutions before the human mind created problems. Page no 133
If you rob too much from one person, it becomes murder. If you steal little by little, it looks like business. Steal a penny from each person, call it service charge and you will be a millionaire. The volume makes a difference. Page no 313

About the Author
Ravindra Shukla is a graduate of IIT-Bombay. He works for IBM in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms – PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai. His interest includes – writing fiction, literature and movie scripts apart from sports, movie and travelling across the globe.