Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Review: When Strangers meet.. by K. Hari Kumar

On the jacket: 


What happens when an irritating but lovable wise-cracking 'Stranger' called Iyer meets a frustrated and arrogant teenager, Jai, on a fateful day in a congested room at the metro station? Catastrophe!!!
Meanwhile, Pathan never had the pleasure of happiness in his life yet he thanked Allah for every second of it... 
Abandoned by fate and friends, surrounded by responsibilities and poverty... This hard-coated man from the city of Delhi knew only thing and that was to keep faith in Allah... Now he is set on a journey to turn around his fate...

The tale from the Iyer's past will change Pathan's present and Jai's future... And trust me... 
Sometimes all it takes is a stranger's tale to change the track of your life...

Three Men... One fateful day... and a Story of a Lifetime...

The Stranger is coming this May... are you ready to receive him? ;)

Review:

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued. Three lives crossing path, obviously something intriguing will come out of it. So I began reading the book as soon as it arrived. Here, I must point, I was met with a few surprises - both good and bad. Good being that Hari Kumar is a good story teller and the bad being that the book seemed like it was in it's first draft format, with no edits whatsoever. The latter hampered the reading experience to a large extent.

Coming back to the story, it's about three characters - Jai, Hussain and Iyer, all of different age groups, backgrounds and ethnicities. They meet and life changes for all of them. Despite the fact that I was a bit miffed at a book with so many editorial errors, I didn't want to stop turning the pages. Characters were not built very strongly, but the events were. For instance, I am still wondering if Hussain's character was at all necessary? He plays an important role in the last bit of the book, but his life was not as affected as Jai's or Iyer's were, owing to this meeting. Jai's relationship with his father, as shown in the story is atrocious  A professor's son saying 'shut up' and the father calling his son a bastard to which the son retorts saying I am your son - is a bit too stretched, accepting the fact that Jai was shown to be a misbehaved teenager. 

Iyer's story was very well told and personally I found that part of the book the most gripping. I was hoping to read more about Hussain and what happens in his life, though. The climax of the story, though not very new, is good and well placed. The book could have been a much better read with more polish to the language. Also, being a debutant author, Hari Kumar does show the skills to create interesting plots.

Rating: ***/5

[This review is for Srishti Publishers & Distributors. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the review. I am glad that overall you have liked the work... :)

    God bless you...

    K.Hari Kumar

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