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Book Review #58: The Wrong Vantage Point


Author: Adwitiya Borah
Pages: 223
Publisher: LiFi Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Cover Design: Sunill Kaushisk

  • Ratings-

Cover : 4/5
Title : 4/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Overall : 4/5

  • Characters:
  1. Dhruv- The protagonist
  2. Payal- Dhruv’s love
  3. Sanjeev- Dhruv’s best friend
  4. Pritom- Dhruv’s foster elder brother
  5. Mayank- An accidental criminal
  • Blurb:

A romantic thriller involving a simple boy with simple dreams who falls in love and also into the notorious world of crime. His quest to seek revenge for the killing of his father takes him deep into the criminal world. He meets new people and learns about their life. He plans everything and waits for the right moment to escape. So what does he do now? Can he break free from all the pain for good?

  • Review-

The Wrong Vantage Point by Adwitiya Borah is a gripping tale of a teenager Dhruv who is an adopted child of his parents. Apparently his biological father was a great friend of his foster father. After the death of his biological parents, his foster parents took him under their custody and brought him up like their own son. Theirs was a small happy family in the city of joy, Kolkata. However, their elder son, Pritom, didn’t seem to have an ounce of affection towards Dhruv. Moreover, Dhruv was good at academics as well as sports, making his parents proud of his each victory and success; in-turn earning Pritom’s envy. Finally he had done well in his competetive exams and seeked admission in Balaji Law College of Mumbai. His journey from Kolkata to Mumbai was adventurous enough, wherein he was ragged by three girls who claimed to be his seniors and was also looted by the taxi driver who dropped him from Mumbai station to his hostel.

On his arrival, Dhruv met a badly bruised guy outside his hostel gate, puffing cigarettes. He wanted to help him but the guy refused. He made best friends with his roommate, Sanjeev, and was ragged by seniors on his first night in hostel. Dhruv fell in love at first sight with a girl named Payal, an arts student at the Luthra college. Sanjeev being their common friend, he introduced them and they bonded well over their common love of painting. Once Payal met with an accident and Dhruv used her resting time to teach her how to paint. He was a great teacher and she was a quick learner. He proposed her soon after her recovery and they were enjoying some sweet lovely time together. He would also have random encounters with Mayank and wonder why he felt an urge to pull him out of his miserable life and help him become a good human being.

Everything was going well until one day when Dhruv’s father got shot at the Mumbai airport by a friend of Mayank during their visit to Mumbai to surprise Dhruv. Life came shattering down as Pritom refused to accept Dhruv as a part of his family and abandoned him of all facilities and money. He disowned him completely and the shock of her husband’s death took his mother’s life too. Dhruv wanted to have the prisoner taken behind bars but found out that the criminals had bribed the inspector in-charge. Midst all this, Dhruv was due to pay the monthly tuition and mess fees. Mayank came to Dhruv’s rescue as an angel(?) in disguise and Dhruv’s life turned around by 180 degrees. The once sweet and innocent boy turned into an angry and revenge-seeking criminal. The climax of the story will surely make you wonder about the uncertainties of life and also how some unforeseen situations can have a heavy toll on your mind, stopping your brain from making any rational decision!

  • Appreciations:

Amazingly crafted script. The story went on at a smooth pace with certain elements of surprise planted at the right timing. Adwitiya managed to portray varied emotions like friendship, love, brotherhood, revenge, anger, and sorrow, very beautifully. There was a tinge of anticipation on what will happen next that kept me hooked on till the very end.

  • Let-downs:

There were a few grammatical and logical errors here and there, which could have been avoided with proper editing. Repeated usage of certain words and phrases limited the vocab exploration of the author. The plot did become predictable at a certain point of the script, which is a sheer let-down for a reader.

  • Verdict:

A gripping tale of a misguided teenager suffering from the wrath of unforeseen incidences (4/5)

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