Sunday, September 21, 2014

Flight of The Hilsa (Book Review)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all I would like to congratulate Sanya Shankar for such a bright and creative cover design with a bookmark that complements it well. It works wonders when giving the reader a fair idea about Avantika Sengupta, the artist whose story is traced in this book.

It sets tone to the events that unfold step by step. The author has managed to aptly show both sides of success, fame, money and power. It also describes the bond of friendship in a seemingly spiritual, genuine way. The matured writing only reflects the fact that Amit has tapped well into the world of advertising when he dabbled in that field. It has given him a plethora of 'gyaan' that he manages to infuse in each of his books. Having been a student of advertising myself, I always manage to find the source of that 'gyaan' in the unlikeliest bit and smile thinking about what certain professions can do to us!

The tale manages to stay with the reader long after it has been narrated.It also re-affirms one's faith that endings are sometimes just new beginnings and not always does one have the privilege to lead a life that one has planned to. Instead, life throws open its plan infront of us,reminding me Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna's quote from the movie Anand, - 'Hum sab to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hai jinki dor upar waale ki ungliyon mein bandhi hai' (we are all puppets whose strings are within the control of God).

-Divya Nambiar

Author: Amit Shankar
Other books by the author: Love is Vodka A Shot Ain't Enough by Amit Shankar, Chapter Eleven by Amit Shankar, Cafe Latte by Amit Shankar

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