Author: Varun Gautam
Publisher: Author Press
Cover : 2/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Story : 4/5
Theme : 3.5/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5
- Arjun- The protagonist
- Dhruv- Arjun’s cousin
- Mohan- Arjun’s best friend
A perfectly written script goes awry when Arjun encounters the unexpected. His belief in occult injustice solidifies when he, on one hand, fails to clear the much coveted IMS entrance exam and on the other hand, his friend Mohan gets more than what he deserved in life. Unable to cope up with this unfairness, he becomes directionless. With no way forward and some strained relations, he reaches the peak of monotony in his life and has nowhere to draw his inspiration from. One day suddenly he gets hold of a device called The Symbol which promises to solve all his problems.
Can The Symbol help him come out of his woes?
Will he be able to rise above the so called injustice and prove his mettle?
It is a journey that takes a peek into finding a new perspective and chartering inspiration from unknown territories, where none was thought to have existed.
“The Symbol” by Varun Gautam has two parallel life stories of cousins Arjun and Dhruv. Dhruv is elder amongst the two and Arjun always seeks advice from him, be it about personal life or professional. Where Dhruv on one hand is of a calm mind and clear about his thoughts, Arjun on the other hand is a high on confidence teenager. He is always praised by his father amongst society and relatives and he always back him up if something goes against the tide. Dhruv hadn’t succeeded in his attempt to seek admission to IMS and so he started teaching at a school while trying to decide about his future. Arjun was preparing for IMS too and was scoring perfectly well in the practice tests until Swati entered his life. A shift in focus from studies and to some extent his over-confidence too leaded him to score less than his and everyone’s expectation in the entrance test of seeking admission to IMS.
Arjun’s best friend Mohan was not from a well-to-do family. His father worked as a helper at a rich businessman’s home. Mohan was never really focused towards studies and believed that his destiny was bound with the rich household that his father worked for. When the businessman died, he left a considerable amount of his fortune in the name of Mohan’s father and this was all Mohan wanted to quit school and start earning. Mohan’s sudden success without him putting in any efforts and Arjun’s failure at the entrance test broke their friendship.
Dhruv was helping Arjun throughout his good and bad phase but Arjun didn’t seem to care about it. He made his own decisions about his future after scoring less in IMS. Dhruv cared for him even then, although silently. He too had to make some critical decisions around that time and the sudden twist which hits their lives, just because of a small encounter with something that Arjun never in his dreams would have imagined, was the highlight of the story. The climax is sure to send chills down your spine.
The story advanced at a proper pace, with right amount of information revealed at proper times. Simple vocab, almost perfect grammar and the idea of conveying the message through two parallel stories was good.
A different book, fairly good read. (3.5/5)
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