Book: We Need a Revolution
Author: Sachin Garg
Publisher: Grapevine India
Genre: A ‘tribal’ thriller
In One Line: Many can take up a challenge, only the ones with true intentions survive
Characterisation: All the characters of the book are so different, that together they make the package a good one. Of these, I liked Faraaz’s best penned out. His vulnerability when it came to hunting for his sister’s grave, his silent love for Jenny, his determination when he was fighting the case at court and his helplessness when he was being beaten are some of the best scenes in the book. What I didn’t like about the characterisation was Lalwani’s, the minister, fetish with Krishna. It seemed a little over exaggerated and too stretched out. Samar and Navya’s relationship seemed a little unbelievable at times. I didn’t quite understand the the ‘let me stay with her because she is un-boring’ part that was harped on throughout the book.
Language: The easy flow and decent pace of the book made it perfect for the combination of relationships and research facts that the author has tried to club together.
Plot Setting: I have always had a soft corner for these islands. So every time I read about familiar places like Havelock, Corbyn’s Cove and even the ice-cream parlour where Samar and Navya go for an ice-cream – it brought a smile to my face. If I remember correctly, it was called ‘Arun’s’ at Port Blair! Not much has been said about the pristine beauty of the sea here, but the reader gets peeks of it when the author writes about the shore that is visible from behind the bushes. I would say, nicely written, when it comes to plot setting.
Book Cover Art: I liked the cover art. The sketch brought out the most important ‘things’ that play a crucial role in the story. I might have done away with the map of the Andamans. A first see of the book and I thought it was smoke coming out!
How’s the Title: Well, the protagonists of the story did want to bring about a revolution and they did get their share of victory. But ‘revolution’, as a word, is much bigger than what the story tells us about. Maybe that makes the title impactful, but according to me, it is, I think, a little misleading in a way.
Is The Blurb Catchy: The entire tale is about the Jarwa tribe. Why wasn’t that mentioned in the blurb? Why were they called ‘innocent people’ instead? It seemed to convey that the story is about the locals of Andaman who are facing troubled times on the mainland. A little more revelation that this is a story of how four people fight power to save the tribals might have made it more dramatic.
Learning From The Story: If you want to write a story on something serious then you will just have to do your research well. Sachin has taken three years to come up with this book. Kudos to him for the research that he has put in to create this.
Areas Of Improvement: Yes it is a tale that revolves around the Jarwa tribe, but I think bits about them became a little repetitive at times.
I loved the name Shubhrodeep Shyamchaudhary. Very Bengali! But that’s where it stops. Not much has been done to develop his ‘Bengali’ character thereafter. Also, am I missing out on something here – but why does he have the 180 days clause? The reason didn’t seem too believable.
What Is ‘Said By Not Saying’: If you want to fight for something that irks you, then be prepared to face a lot of odds. The problem is, there will be times when you will want to run, but your belief in making things alright won’t let you.
My Reaction When I Finally Closed The Book:
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