Rating: 3.5/5, interesting presentation.
Genre: Historical Fiction
History, Religion, Politics, Murder…And A Sad Love Story
That’s exactly what the book is made up of. It has got all the right ingredients. You don’t necessarily have to be familiar with incidents around which all this happens. Anyone in any country at any point of time can understand the dirt behind politics & religion, at different levels though.
The best part about the book is probably the narration. It goes from interviews to diary entries to letters, a very interesting way to present the case. The relationship between Priscilla and Lakshman is also portrayed beautifully. The reasons they get together and the reasons for the problems that arise, very convincing.
The book is quite fast paced and keeps you hooked throughout. Although, it is in a continuous state of sad affairs, be it the politics or the people’s love lives, you want to keep reading! It does get a bit depressing too at times, but then that’s what the story is all about.
Definitely a good book and the fact that Tharoor is so good looking keeps a nice picture in mind. Can’t help but mention that!
You can check out another book by Tharoor:
The Great Indian Novel
Rating: 4.5/5, Must Read
Genre: Historical Fiction
A Tale Of Two Great Epics by A Good Looking MP
Mahabharata: a great, possibly fictional, epic (people will surely want to debate that) and the freedom struggle of India: a great historical reality. Mix the two and you get ‘The Great Indian Novel’ by Shashi Tharoor. Its quite an old book but some books are timeless. A friend said I should read it and I never say no to a friend…well, almost never!
Until now the name Shashi Tharoor brought words like good looking, firangi accent and Sunanda Pushkar to mind. But after reading this book, the first Tharoor I’ve read, there’s much more I can say about him. The best thing about the book is the characterisation. Although some of them are quite obvious, like Bhishma being Gandhi, some are a completely unexpected fusion. So you know both the stories, right, thats not the pull. The real fun part of the book is guessing who is who and why. The unexpected characterisations come as a surprise to begin with but as you correlate situations, reactions and actions, you understand why. The book keeps your brain working and thinking and its got nothing to do with the stories (!) as you’ve heard them already.
Tharoor has done a good job on mixing the 2 stories but a great job on the characters. I think I can read more of his books but I do need pointers. So if anyone knows of any ‘good’ Shashi Tharoor books, do let me know.
A very interesting line from the book:
”India is not a developing country but a highly developed country in an advanced state of decay.”
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