Monday, 1 May 2017

Book Review : The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal

Book: The Four Patriots

Author: Sumit Agarwal

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Pages: 296

Price: 250


Blurb:

Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back?
Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician and Aditya, an altruistic businessman.
Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives—a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive? 

A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goose bumps. Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must-read!


Review:

It is hard to say no to a book when you can hear bells of patriotism. But it is harmful to contemplate the main idea before diving in the book yourself. The blurb of the book is interesting, very refreshing and shows you a path to high drama and complexity. The cover of the book is ravishing and stylish. But whenever the hopes are high things tend to fall badly but not in this case.

If a reader needs to pick the book then “The Four Patriots” excel in all the three spheres, a great blurb, an interesting name and a beautiful cover.

The starting of the book is wonderful in all respects. It was intriguing to find out the base of something so big. I mainly loved the tale of Raghav and Salman and how they got so infuriated by everything that happened with them. Varun was a different case altogether. His side of the story was funny from the very start.

So the author did the best thing to keep a reader busy with the basic introductions in a very different way, making the story gripping with every change it inspected. Stories of main leads were different very different from each other. There was a love affair that didn’t succeed; a marriage that wasn’t doing well, a society that needed a change and an office that didn’t promote good work.

The Book 1 ended on a very high note. It was so interesting, so meaningful and it had many moments that gave me Goosebumps. There was no loose end; there were no characters that were added just for the sake of filling places. I didn’t like all the ladies in the book because they had no part to play anywhere, any major part. So it was like a Bollywood movie where the actress doesn’t have even half part as the actor. Disappointing.

I wasn’t expecting what I read in the Book 2. It was like a roller coaster ride in the book 2, so much of action, so much of emotions that I was almost drained after I completed 200 pages. There were so many things happening that I needed a good break. A lot of action is not bad but extreme action is also not very good. I think as compared to part 1 part 2 was over ambitious.

Also I felt that the protagonists were favored way too much. I don’t like reading a very goody good kind of book. There was a strong need of more action from the antagonists. It was evident that they were there no doubt but they were lazy characters, not in their proper form, in dialogues or in action. They posed problems but not of sort which can blow one’s mind. So that was a negative point for me.

The characters were more enhanced in the second part. A great thing was that the story moved in the same way as it moved in part 1. Every character had a story, had a part to play. The author kept everything very clean and organized by giving chance to every character at a proper time. By that the story wasn’t confusing even for a second. But I do got a little confused by so many names in the start; I had to re-read few pages of everyone’s life to keep my mind clear about who was who.

The writing style of the author is good, not great not average. Narration was very smooth, dialogues were not very powerful but they left an impact when a good turn supported them.

All in all the book was a good read and it was a quick read too though it was good 290 pages long and it was because of its gripping story.


Recommendation:

This is a must read if you like the movie Nayak and get inspired by the action and adventures. This book will give you an equal high.


Eye-Catchers:

  • “A love confessed and lost is half as burdensome as a love one could never show.”
  • “It is better to at least try your hand at something you fancy rather than just watch and appreciate others do it.”


About the Author:

A graduate from IIT Kanpur, Sumit Agarwal is a successful businessman. He is also a music composer, lyricist, singer, actor and writer. His music videos can be viewed on his YouTube channel, or on his website www.sumitagarwal.net. 

Sumit runs an NGO, Prerna (www.prernaa.org). Among its many social welfare initiatives, the NGO has adopted ten government primary schools, in order to facilitate quality education. He is also the founder of Kasauti, a consortium of NGOs formed to aid clean and answerable politics.


Connect with the author:

Facebook: sumitsvoice
Twitter: sumitagarwal17
Email: info@mlagroup.com


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