Friday, July 19, 2013

Sid Bahri - The Homing Pigeons

This is a story of Aditya and Radhika.  The way the story goes, one chapter narrated from the perspective of Aditya and another from Radhika’s, you know that these two people are going to end up together.  The title of the book leaves no doubt as to the outcome.

Aditya is out of a job, as the book starts.  He is well on his way to being an alcoholic.  He passes out in the bar of a fancy hotel.  Divya, a traveling professional woman, rescues him.  She has a proposal for him, an indecent one.

In the meantime, Radhika is on the brink of marrying off her step-daughter.  She is a rich widow and looking forward to an independent life finally.

Aditya and Radhika have a common past, but do they have a future together?

The story moves forward in a very controlled manner.  One chapter is by Radhika and another by Aditya.  They are forever going into flashbacks and coming back into the present.  The story could have become very confusing if the author had lost his hold on it. But he does not.  The story is strung together very well.

Most of the action takes place in Chandigarh and Delhi, which are two of my favorite places.

The language is adequate, but could have been better.  There were a few shoddy sentences in there.  The story lagged a bit in the middle before picking up pace towards the end.  The end was wrapped up rather suddenly.  It seemed abrupt.

Despite being a romance, it does not read like a typical maudlin love story.

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