Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review of A Broken Man by Akash Verma




Book Name         - A Broken Man
Author                  - Akash Verma
Publisher              - Srishti Publications
Number of Pages - 240
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -195
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Rating : 4.5

Blurb

Take a deep breath before you are born here, my child! You take birth in a land where I struggled; Gave it my sweat and blood. A land that I thought belonged to me..… Unbridled, uncompromising.
Krishna is a Dalit boy from Bihar who struggles too overthrow the chains that hold him back. Chhavi is a high caste Brahman girl fighting for the rights of others, propagating equality in a politically charged Lucknow University campus. After Krishna saves Chhavi from getting torched during a protest against reservation, love slowly blossoms, only to be ruthlessly crushed by a society that thrives on divisions of caste and religion. From student politics in Lucknow to the interiors of Bihar, from the corridors of power to the glitz of media and the film industry in Mumbai.
A Broken Man is the quest of a deprived Krishna to redeem hope from despair, love from separation and success out of repeated failures. From the bestselling author of It Happened That Night and Three Times Loser, this is a story that reinforces our faith in what love can accomplish as it pushes us to achieve the impossible, making us tap our true inner potential.

My Review

Broken man is an excellent and unique story of the live between Krishna and Chavi. Krishna is a Dalit born and brought up in a village in Bihar whereas Chavi is an out and out city girl who hails from a rich Brahmin family with high political influence. The story shows us that love is not only blind but beyond all boundaries. 
The depth of love between Krishna and Chavi touches the deepest cords of the reader's heart. The pain of separation will melt even the strongest person. A lot of issues of social relevance are addressed in the story. Issues like reservation, corruption etc are addressed with the deserving seriousness. 

The n egligence, discrimination and the taunts suffered by the oppressed sections of the society depicted in the story is sure to change at least a few readers who think low about the low caste section. Rendition is excellent and poetic. The poems of Krishna which were originally written by the author is a bonus. A translation of the same could have been included.

The making out scene between Krishna and Chavi was unwanted. It seemed like an eyes sore in a beautiful poetic story. Chavi's life after separation with Krishna was not convincing enough. It seemed like author was rushing to the end.
All in all the book is an excellent one with a strong deep storyline. But for a few glitches, the book would have scored a five star rating.
Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author


Akash Verma is an entrepreneur. His work has taken him across the country and he finds this experience very relevant while giving shape to his stories. He has published two bestsellers till now. Akash is currently based out of Gurgaon, India. He is fascinated by Cinema, Literature, History and Travel.