I think I know you...Karunya, Do I? by Ajit Panicker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Rebirth and terrorism can make a good story. Who cares if we are born again and again? However Geeta says that we have countless births till we attain freedom from cycle of birth and death. However there is no scientific proof of the same. But then again this is fiction and can have fantasy.
There are three tracks in the story:
1. Boy (Karunya) meets girl (Aasma) in Gurgaon DLF cyber city office. They fall in love as expected and make out. Aasma keeps seeing visions which troubles her. They set out on a journey to a small town of Rajasthan.
2. Vishal was studying in IIT but was thrown out because Dimpy complained against him of sexual harassment. He picks up his life again and goes to Mumbai to be a professional photographer.
3. Varunya is elder brother of Arunya. He is in Indian army. There a terrorist plot being hatched to hit India hard at many places at once. STF is formed and they try to neutralize the threat.
These tree tracks run in parallel and nothing wrong in that. but these should intersect somewhere in the second half. That happened (for track 1 and 2) but the link was tenuous at best and seemed forced. Love story of Karunya and Aasma had a ludicrous rebirth angle. Vishal was also forced into that who was clearly a misfit. Third track was totally independent of first two and added nothing to the story. this just slowed the pace down.
Language is just ok. There were many mistakes and Hinglish is used even at places where it is not required. At some places whole dialogues are written in Roman Hindi for no particular reason. Translation given at end is not helping the cause.
It seems the book is publicised directly from the author’s desk and there was no editor. It lacked coherence and has a haywire story as explained above. The ultimate revelation i.e. the identity of sleeper cell head was surprising but there were no clever hints in between.
2.5/ 5 stars.
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