Thursday, February 25, 2016

We Need A Revolution by Sachin Garg

I first read Sachin Gargs book during the time when I was a prolific reader in my teenage. I picked it up since I knew he was Durjoys friend. If you have read my previous posts, you know how big a Durjoy Datta #fangirl I am. It was during the time I read  five-six books a week. Wait for the sales at the local bookstore, order online when there's more than fifty percent off, borrow from friends or borrow from the local library I was a member of. 

Reading was love. I loved stories. I loved listening to stories being narrated - getting lost in the characters, living several different lives. Reading made life beautiful. Years later, when I realise life has changed so much and everything is not as I had hoped for, everything isn't easy the way it seems in books, I still read. Not regularly as I did before, but once in a way I do read. And I still feel the same. It is as if I never stopped. It makes me happy.

'Never Let Me Go' by Sachin Garg was a book I had gifted myself on my eighteenth birthday. I loved it. So soon after I got another one of his book 'I'm not twenty four'. This again was based on similar subject. Love. Travel. Two things I love. Being a hopeless romantic and a travel junkie always fond of exploring love and life, these books struck a chord. I read his other books - I guess there was one about love but I don't remember the name. The last book I read, I picked it up at the railway station when I was traveling from Goa to Mangalore and completed reading it by the time I reached my destination. This again was a book about life, love, travel, spirituality. Something I'd love. It was set in an ashram in Rishikesh. Soon after, I completely forgot about Sachin Garg as an author. He had disappeared from the scene. He isn't very active on social media. At least I never see any posts on Facebook or Instagram very frequently. I'm not much of a twitter user so I wouldn't know much.

A couple of days ago, he pinged me on Facebook saying his new book 'We Need A Revolution' is out and suggested I check it out on amazon. I was just back from my Pondicherry trip and was back online after a week. So I immediately checked the blurb of the book and ordered it. One of my favourite character from the book had made a comeback. The global hippie, a person who was so aimless in life that he tried all sorts of adventure was in Andaman trying to save some tribals. Interesting eh?

'We Need A Revolution' reached me three days later and I started reading it soon after. The initial part was very interesting where he makes all the characters meet and eventually explore Andaman. It was until a few chapters that the real issue was introduced. But when it was, it got a bit boring. At least for me. I'm into crime thrillers and stuff. But reading about social issues is not anything I can do easily. But I completed the book. The storyline is pretty simple. It's about a bunch of young people who are up for a revolution while trying to save a tribe in Andaman which would be extinct due to human intervention. The plot isn't anywhere close to complex and is kinda predictable. There's nothing paricularly fascinating about the ending too.

To be very honest, I loved Sachin more as a romance writer, than while he writes about real stories. But I appreciate the effort he made to put some light on an unusual topic we would otherwise never be aware of. The way he has taken time to introduce the characters and reveal a chain of stories and relate them to the incidents happening was appreciable. There could have been more emotions and more adventure considering the setting and the characters involved. But I'd say, it was a great attempt. It takes courage to write a different genre than what you've been writing all this while. Hope his next book gets better and I'd e waiting to read the sequel to 'We Need A Revolution'

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Text by: Flexcia D'souza || blogger Goa
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