January 18, 2017

Book Review: Riots of Love by Shikha Kaul

Riots of Love

Author: Shikha Kaul
Publisher: The Book Paradise
Rating: 4/5

Life is a cake walk for many but for some, it is not feasible to opt for the line of least resistance. ‘Riots of love’ is a remarkable feat that portrays the emotional turmoil faced by the main as well as the side characters when odds are not in their favor. But the story does not end there. When love gets involved, it makes a botch of the life. Isn’t it? This love is not the 'romantic' love but the love the people have for their religion, caste, and creed. On one hand, we have Avi, the protagonist who is a follower of ‘Riots of Love’, who thinks straight and believes in unity, peace, and love; on the other hand, we have the fathers of the children killed by Avi. Will the father avenge the death of their children or is there more to be exposed as one may turn the pages?

With plenty twists and turns, this novella proves to be a complete page turner. A different plot, an apprehensible approach, well-balanced characters and a proper climax is what this novella has in store for the readers.

‘Riots of Love’ is a poignant yet offbeat story that revolves around the invisible barriers created by our religion, caste, and beliefs. The plot is a pot boiler with all the necessary elements of suspense, spice, mystery and patriotism. It is more like a rolling Bollywood movie than a book.

The cover of the book is catchy. The blurb is apt. The utter disappointment was the layout of the text; using the standard font and enough spacing could have been better. With an apt title, the story doesn’t fail to impress the readers.

The author has been successful in using an uncomplicated approach to expose the dirty facade of politics. The writing is understandable and the plot moves at a comfortable pace.
Overall, this book offers something fresh on the platter and should be read at least once. Go for this one.

Best Wishes!

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