Monday, February 01, 2010
Book : A fine balance
Usually I always alternate between Novel(aka storytelling novel) and thrillers. But this book is combination of both. It's about a fine balance between hope and despair. It had the life stories of not one but four people and it has the thrill of the life set during the Indira Gandhi rule era, when circumstances make 4 people of different background,a widow, a university student, and two tailors, come together and share a common apartment.
It contains everything, cruelty of life that stirred me to core, compassion that you bound to feel with the characters, and the unusual wondrous love that they develop that made me smile. The book takes you through many things, the hardship, selflessness, psychology and relevance of truth, such is the beauty of writing by Rohiton Mistry. It's not only sadness and bitterness of life, but Rohiton beautifully portrays the triumph of extra-ordinary human spirit too. At the end of the book, you definitely devote at least one tear to the characters.
Rating - 5/5
Definitely recommended. Best read for me till now.