Friday, 26 June 2015

Yet Another Dream by Dharmendra Tolani: It's different (Book Review)

About the book:


Title: Yet another Dream
Published by
Published on: April 24th, 2015
Pages: 115
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5
BlurbHe is from Sindh, sort of.
She is from Tibet, almost.

He is clueless.
She is determined.

He can't cry.
She can't stay put.

They meet.
She disappears - leaving behind a mess of contraceptives and lingerie.

Who will clean it up?

Welcome to Yet Another Dream. A story about a serial dreamer Kataaksh, who would sell anything to succeed. Be it condoms or voting machines. Along the way he meets Lhakpa. Is she a dream too? Or a nightmare? Find out in this labyrinth of dreams.
About the author

Dharmendra Tolani has spent 11 years in the wilderness called real
world after graduating from IIT Bombay in 2004. He counts the experience of
selling condoms online for a year as his best ever. He has also taught
in slums and engineering colleges. During this time he has also been
able to dupe MNCs and startups alike in hiring him as a programmer.

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My Review:


It is difficult to say right away if the book is a thriller, historical fiction, or suspense. It is in fragments all of these. It begins as the story of Kataaksh leaving his job for an uncertain future. He approaches his friend Varun and they try their hands on selling voting machines.
Thereafter he meets Lhakpa, and the story, as depicted in the blurb begins.

Lhakpa and Kataaksh make a good team, and the reader figures this out in no time. The story idea and plot is unique. It has never been discussed from this angle before, which is what makes this book important. Apart from lending a sense of significance to the plot, this also makes it an intelligent informed read. Lhakpa and Kataaksh are trying to figure out the logistics of selling condoms and related stuff online.
Their conversations are almost enlightened. The talk about everything taboo, but this only goes to explain how we are depriving ourselves of some choices just because of artificial societal constructs. Well, there are many thinking points in the book, too.
The book also contemplates the crooked histories of some communities, and their helplessness in the same.

The book could have been made more interesting though- there is scope of giving details, and more witty conversations- I can sense potential there.
The ending is reached after few twists, and that makes the whole reading worthy. The suspense and mystery crops up suddenly and the urgency that rises in the reader is matched by the pace of the story.

The reader is more aware after reading the book that he was before.

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