January 15, 2018

Book Review: Pinto has an Idea by Rajeev Saxena

Pinto has an Idea
Author: Rajeev Saxena
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishers
Rating: 3.5/5

‘Life is long if you know how to use it’ and for Pinto aka Rajat this forms the footing for his prosperity. ‘Pinto has an Idea’ is about realizing self-worth and fighting the odds to prove your identity. Set in the Indian backdrop, this is not a love story. Pinto always has a bee in his bonnet and strives to challenge his mind and unleash its true potential. We get the first glimpse of his brilliance when he juggles frogs during his adolescence. Well-informed and pragmatic, Pinto is a character that inspires the readers. Though he is made to go through the mill initially, he leaves no stone unturned to come up trumps.

Describing the whirlpool of emotions, this book is a potboiler. The story portrays the dilemma a scientist faces when it comes to the matters of the heart and relationships. A perfectly eked out character of the protagonists shows the author’s prowess in developing and presenting a protagonist who connects well with the readers. Fluid narration and uncomplicated language make this book an easy read. Also, I liked the flow; the story’s fast pace intrigued and allured me into completing it in one go.  

The cover of the book is superb and editing has been done with a fine-tooth comb. However, I felt the story lacked originality; I could reminiscence many characters that were moulded into one (Sheldon Cooper, a neophyte in the matters of love; Arvind Kejriwal, an IITian who sets out on a quest to salvage the country from malfeasance; and Mohan from the movie ‘Swades’, a man who decides to change the fate of his city come hell or high water).

The plot is gripping and the lucid narration acts like a cherry on the cake. There are no monotonous lengthy descriptions; the setting of the scenes is relatable and gives the readers ample opportunity to experience every moment. But I missed the use of good vocabulary. Overall, this book presents old wine in a new bottle but the bottle is nicely packaged!

Best wishes to the author!

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