Finished reading The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri (Shrishti Publishers)
"...a remarkable novel by a first time novelist of immense promise...often exquisitely rendered...exceptional achievement that deserves all the plaudits it is sure to garner" says Shashi Tharoor about this book!
I have read some really nice reviews and thus chose to read it. The story revolves around the complicated lives of Aditya and Radhika (Best friends since school days, never expressed the love for each other)
At the difficult time of recession, Aditya loses his job, living off his estranged wife and out of frustration he chooses alcohol as his companion. On a fateful night, floating in the pool of alcohol, he meets Divya. He never knew that she could upend his life in bizarrely different way.
Radhika, a wealthy widow who marries off her estranged step-daughter Meera, is glad and excited to have her freedom. But does she get the freedom she has yearned and imagined?
To know more about the story, you'll have to read the book and trust me you won't be disappointed.
For a first time author Sid Bahri has done an excellent job! I really liked the writing style. I liked the narration. Skillful swapping from one point of view to other makes the execution of the story smooth. The book is packed with many interesting & surprising twists and turns, that makes this unique story line quite unpredictable.
I don't want to point out any negatives but one thing I found really distracting that Radhika reminisces her childhood as a three & five year old, in a very synchronized manner. I could just recollect very few blurred images of my childhood as 'three' or five year old. I asked few people if they remember their childhood as three year old. The experience was same as mine.
Though I thought the end was very abrupt I liked the finishing lines by both the protagonists!
"For what are we but homing pigeons that have that innate, uncanny ability to find their mate, no matter where you leave them on the faces of this earth."
"A strong backbone differentiates humans from jellyfish"
Overall, this book, enclosed in a really nice cover is a very different, intense and interesting read! Those who like to read contemporary fiction...go for it! It's really different. Definitely looking forward to reading his next.