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Book Review #119: From Where I See

Author: Ajay Yadav
Pages: 403
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: LiFi Publications Pvt. Ltd.

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3.5/5
Title : 3.5/5
Blurb : 2.5/5
Theme: 3.5/5
Story : 3.5/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Value for money : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5

  • Characters:
  1. Ajay- The protagonist
  2. Shruti- Ajay’s childhood friend
  3. Kaniyah- Ajay and Shruti’s childhood friend
  4. Aslam- Shruti’s 2nd husband
  5. Deepti- Ajay’s wife
  • Blurb:

Ajay meets his childhood friend Shruti on a social network site. He finds her to be struggling with intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-social and inter-religious conflicts. Eventually the conflicts killed her. Police could solve the case but will it prevent hundreds of Shrutis from getting killed? How long will we aim ‘who’ killed, more important is to find out ‘what’ killed. Till we don’t address this issue and work on it, many Shrutis will keep on getting killed. We need to cure the disease not only the symptoms.
This book is an effort of the author to find the root cause and probable remedies of these conflicts, exploration of hundreds of pertinent questions like “why in one religion it becomes so easy to get volunteers to blow themselves and others for the sake of religion? Does the religion divides or unites? What precipitates extramarital affairs? Does the immature and wrong interpretation of female emancipation the reason for 13 times rise in divorce rates in last 5 years?
It’s not only a book; it’s the path to revolution, it’s a journey towards utopian world. Accepting truth and hypocrisy is the toughest job on this earth. If you feel that you are open minded, have courage to accept truth and have a desire to change the world then be the part of change. Let’s take our first step to build a road to the utopian world.

  • Review:

From Where I See by Ajay Yadav is the story of a brave girl named Shruti and the games life plays with her. Shruti,as renamed by Ajay from Shurti, the name bestowed on her by her parents, was a fast friend of Ajay and Kaniyah since their childhood days. They were famously known as the trio. Shruti had a rough childhood; her parents had run away from their homes to get married and when the people of the village in which they settled learned that the couple belonged to the same caste, they expelled the couple from the society and the village. Shruti’s father couldn’t handle the expulsion and thus resorted to drinking alcohol and stealing, leading to liver failure and suspension followed by jail respectively. The brunt of all that he did had to be bore by his children.

Shruti had always been a brave girl. She would play hockey with Ajay and Kaniyah and together they would win multiple matches. She was also notorious and pulled pranks that gave chills to even Ajay and Kaniyah. However, her father’s demise brought out a different version in Shruti. She became more responsible of her duties towards her family and especially her mother. Helping her younger brother, Devender, study hard and seek a job in the police department, Shruti fulfilled her duties. Her family hence moved to the city and she got separated from her childhood friends. Soon, Kaniyah too joined the Army after his board exams, leaving Ajay behind, all alone. Ajay resorted to studies to find solitude and was successful in earning a degree in medicine.

Seven years later, Ajay stumbled upon Devender at the former’s brother house. He learned from Devender that Shruti was studying in the College of Fine Arts and visited the place the next day to meet her. Thus began an episode of harsh realities, including her marriage with a Christian first and then a Muslim guy, that fell on Shruti leading to her committing suicide. The police find two letters from Kaniyah addressed to Shruti in her bedroom. Ajay, when called in for questioning by the police, was surprised to know that Shruti had an affair with a guy named Rashid outside of her marriage and that her husband, Aslam, was well aware of the same. Too much to take in already? Well, From Where I See is totally worth it.

  • Let-downs:

I found the character descriptions missing; a few lines of information on the characters’ physical appearance and demeanor would have helped create a visual and made imagining the situations and plots easy for the reader. I also felt that too many trivial details and incidents have been included in the book; elimination of the same would have made the narration more effective and also reduced the length of the book by a considerable percentage.

  • Appreciations:

Ajay has picked up something very traditional and thrown light on it from a totally different angle. This is definitely a tough task to pull through because there are chances of people not taking it positively. I am glad to say that Ajay has pulled it off amazingly well by imbibing a strong message in the story. Right from character creation to plot description to smooth transitions between the situations, Ajay has crafted this book creatively. A twisted plot with interesting characters made this book a charm.

  • Verdict:

A refreshingly different take on traditional notions (3.5/5)

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