My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Three stars to “A Knotty Affair” by Dhaval Birajdar Jinadatt. Thanks to Nishant Joshi for providing a review copy.
It is a story of Viraj Sargaokar (Gao to his friends though not many are there). He has low self-confidence due to his stammer. He is from a traditional middle class family and when he enters a college who has affluent family kids, he feels left out. He develops an inferiority complex. One of his classmates is Ruhi who is very beautiful and outgoing. He has secret crush on her but could not express his feelings. Meanwhile his father, who is also teaching in the same college, is alleged of corrupt practices and expelled from college. This incident has huge impact on him and his family. After many years he is working as software engineer in a big company. Fate again brings Ruhi in his life but she doesn’t recognize him. They develop a bond of friendship. At the same time he keeps fighting to prove innocence of his father who is now dead. What happens next forms the story.
I liked the book very much. It flows smoothly. There are not many characters and Viraj and Ruhi are the only main characters. This is basically the story of Viraj, a stammering boy who metamorphose into a smart, successful person through sheer will and hard work. His story is very inspiring to all. Ruhi character also develops from a stupid teenage girl, who has crushes on wrong boys, to a successful actress. There love story develops gradually and naturally. Viraj considers himself not worthy of her but still keep doing everything he can for her. Maybe he feels one day she will reciprocate his feelings. Viraj mother is very mature and supportive of him throughout. She understands his aspirations, weaknesses and insecurities. She is always encouraging him to get better. It is only because his support he comes out on top.
Viraj finally gets justice for his father after long wasted years with the help of lawyer Mr Solanki. He then vows to start a NGO for people who are not getting justice after much delay. This is a true commentary on our judicial system. As someone rightly said “JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED”. It is indeed a good idea for a NGO.
On flip side the narrative is very flat and straightforward. There in no conflict in the story or characters. The story simply starts at point A and finishes at point B. It seems too much calculated and sometimes boring. It has a sense of Deje-vu.
To sum up it is a very good book. Also the size of book is very nice and it makes book very handy. Printing and typesetting is very cool on eyes.
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