Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Review: The Redeemers by Suresh Taneja

On the jacket:

One bizarre vacation marked a turning point in the lives of four teenage friends. It dawned upon them that corruption and malpractices had become rampant and deeply ingrained in our culture. They felt anguished and shocked at the shameful state of affairs. 

They pledged to redeem and change the destiny of the country. They had only two weeks of vacation left to take some big initiatives. The pressure on them was immense. Status quo or failure was not an option for them. 

Read the inspirational story of a unique movement masterminded by youngsters through innovative ideas and creative thinking. Not a single family could escape from its unrelenting onslaught. It was a rewarding outcome for their persistence and hard work, as they nostalgically recall in 2030.

Review:

The Redeemers is a very futuristic book. When I say futuristic, I mean, the author's impression of how India should be ideally. Feel good, because, to be practical, this won't be India in a few years but how nice it would be, if it was. Considering the plight of the country, the development the story speaks about, does seem absurd a lot of places, but a man can dream and this was a pleasant one. 

The story revolves around three families, the men being best friends for life. The families are very close knit, so much that the children and even the next generation is best friends with each other. So much that the three couples die at the same time in a car accident, leaving their four children, the spouses and the grandchildren to cope with the deaths together. Yes, a little too far-fetched.

India is a super-power, in 2030, and giving huge loans to the US. One of the characters is the Indian Ambassador to America and his sister along with two other best friends and their families have gone to visit him and his own family in the US. Here, some events unfold and lead to a day when these four friends tell their children a story - a story of how they were instrumental in bringing about a revolution which made India the super power that it is in 2030.

Editing needs a lot to be desired. Kolkata is spelt as Kolkatta  and for me such a major mistake was the first turn off. As a story, there is a lot of imagination, at places, one feels it has run amok. Interesting plot and the author has kept it tight. On the flip-side, too much has been written on character building, all together. Bits and pieces about the characters could have been included throughout the story.

Rating: ***/5

[This is an author requested review. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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