Friday, 20 December 2013

Book Review: Adhuri Prem Kahaniya by Santosh Avvannavar

About the book:

Adhuri Prem Kahaniya has been developed while keeping into perspective the lives of 12 individuals. The book sheds light to some aspects of the lives of these individuals in these 25 short stories. This book might turn out to be a great read or ice breaker for people who are stressed out. Most of the stories have a certain romantic and erotic viewpoint and is written mostly for people who are extremely busy with their lives and do not have time for some romance. These people will thoroughly enjoy the book and all of the different aspects that are brought to light by the tumultuous and often funny experiences of these people.


About the author:

Santosh Avvannavar: Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft
Skills Trainer. He did his college education from NITK, Surathkal. He
functioned as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of
Twente and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the
Placement President, while he was working at IISc, Bangalore. He has
over 25 publications of mostly research documents that have found
their place in National & International Journals. Also, he has done 16
conference papers and regularly functions as a writer of different
articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He is an advisor
for different organizations. Throughout his personal time he composes
his thoughts in a website, namely www.amritafoundation.wordpress.com
and ventures into fiction writing. He delivered seminars and training to more
than 30,000 people in India and abroad over the span of 6 years.

Book Trailer:


                               

 My Review:


The title of the book, the blurb and the quote line, “The weakness of a man is the strength of a woman.”, all of these concoct to lead the prospective reader to a belief that these tales are going to be the heart-rending, poignant tales of suffering for love, pangs of separation, the agony of future, the vagaries of society that hinder the blossoming of love. The content of the book, however, actually is just 12 tales of different people in the form of chapters, which are further sub-divided into sections. This compartmentalization was juvenile enough to make it jacose. Once you have read the entire book, an exercise which can be in fact a challenging task given the grammatical lapses and inaccuraciesand punctuation omissions, apart from the lack of editing and proof-reading conspicuous by their absence, you realise that the author has attempted to bring some points home, the primary of them being the hostility that love still suffers at the hands of society.
 Other aspects include the numerous manifestations of love, the puerile love, the unfulfilled love, a brief fling, et al. The reader is left craving for a single “true love” story, because all these stories, irrespective of how true the love they portray fail to convince the reader of this fact. Again, this might be because a regular reader cannot help donning as a grammar Nazi, but for a casual reader, it might just work fine.

Each chapter is a random strip of a man's life, ambulating from one relationship to another. Perhaps, a narration or two from a girl's perspective could have done wonders to alleviate it. One mystery that the book will help you solve is the facebook relationship status, “It's complicated!”. Disheartening as it sounds, this book even does not make up for its lack of presentation skills in the content. The content has potential, though. The content cries for an editor to recuperate it from the grammatical ravages and lend it a potential place among the easy-to-read bestsellers which the market is witnessing a deluge of.

Judgement(Read: warning) : If you want a casual read, but can refrain from dissecting the book under lexical jargon and linguistic technicalities, only then go for it.

Lines to look out for:

In school, we are taught there is only one 'God' and one religion ‘humanity’. But reality is something else. Did not our parents study from similar school of learning?

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