June 26, 2016

Book Review: Roots by Rahul Bhatt


Author: Rahul Bhatt
Publisher: Banyan Publishing
Rating: 3.5/5

‘Roots’ is an enthralling story of Ganesh, a priest and an astrologer, who tries his best to survive the odds and live a happy life but fails. It is then that he finds a solution to his problem and decides to share his grief with an unknown friend over the phone. But that is not all, for the story has other important characters too. With a little adopted child by his side, Ganesh meets Sarita and Mira. How are these two women related to Ganesh? Does he know about the relationship they share? What does the future has in store for the characters of ‘Roots’?

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My Opinion
“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘Roots’ is a heart wrenching novella that has a twisted plot and a good climax. The cover of the book is superb: subtle and somber; the subtle orange mixed with gloomy brown and a tinge of black- all adding to the overall impact of the title, which is very captivating as well. The typesetting and editing is fine.

The plot is gripping and the lucid narration acts like a cherry on the cake. There are frequent monotonous lengthy descriptions/ monologues and that act as a turn off; the setting of the scenes is relatable and gives the readers ample opportunity to experience every moment. The use of vocabulary is fine. Also, I did not quite like the idea of using present simple tense as it made the content confusing. I had to re- read certain paragraphs twice to infer the correct idea.

The author has crafted the characters beautifully and their roles have been given justice. The narration gives life to the emotions and that can be felt when turning the pages. There are grammatical errors though- frequently missing of the comma, etc.

Overall, this story is strong, emotional and intelligent piece of fiction which will definitely touch your heart.

A book that has to be read at least once!

Best wishes to the author!

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