- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS; First Edition edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 938431515X
- ISBN-13: 978-9384315153
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,94,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Seeking Redemption Paperback – 2015
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Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It's her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste based politics. Her path is crossed by the two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are forever going to change her life. If it is Aman who can challenge her ideals and defy her resolves, and makes her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay's sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It's also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.
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Top Customer Reviews
Written in the background of the life of Meera, Seeking Redemption is the story about the malicious political play in using the cast reservation for conversion into votes. Authoress tries to make the point that reservation should not be based on caste but on eligibility. Instead of providing reservation to backward classes, it should be provided to the poorer sections of all classes. Authoress tries to prove the fact that in spite of the reservation, the poorer sections of the backward classes are still exploited and in the dark.
The pace of the story is really fast, without any lagging or lose ends. The events happen one after the other. Hence, readers will be forced to continue reading to know what next? The character of Meera is well crafted but the one who impressed me is Ahalya, Meera's mother. I must say that Madhu came out in flying colors while portraying her. I would dare to say the Meera's mother is the representative of 99% mothers of India. Loving, caring, irritating, judgmental, selfless, soft, innocent, fierce- All in one.
Abhay's feeling for Meera is subdued but strong. Authoress succeeded in portraying the same with finesse. I liked Rahul Dubey's Character portrayal. We can see one Rahul Dubey in every family.
The dubious alliance between politicians, bureaucrats and the businessmen could not be written off as just fiction since we, as normal Indians, have witnessed the same. I liked the fact that she made it a point that redemption of the backward classes is necessary but not by just reservations. They should be provided basic amenities and above all, awareness. I wanted to speak more about the book but it would end up as a spoiler. Hence, I leave the rest to the readers.Read more ›
The author has taken a great step to showcase one of the evils of the 21st century India – caste based reservation. It is a system that has been in place for years and even though it is now outdated, people still hold on to it. Politicians use it as a means to fill up their vote banks, officials use it as a means to earn some extra income and certain non-qualified people use it to gain employment. If you really think about it, the system is not helping those in need at all and at the same time causes a lot of people with merit to miss out on opportunities, which in turn is pulling the country back. I admit that I do not completely agree with the author about how she has treated the subject, but I cannot deny that it is one of the biggest problems of our present society. Thanks to the author for bringing it out in the open.
The characters in the story had some promise. Meera for instance, is a strong girl. She realizes that something wrong is happening and does what she can about it. But at the same time, this was in a way a journey of self-discovery for her and as such she did make some mistakes and then learnt from it – which made her more human and easier to relate to. I loved her parents more though.Read more ›
The plot revolves around Meera Mishra who is a medicine graduate. Her simple middle class life goes through a lot of ups and downs; when her paths meet the path of Aman Sharma, a P.G senior.
The story deals with the turmoil in Meera's living when she is pulled into a conflict which wasn't even related to her , her suffering because of the filth fattened up in the hearts of the corrupted doctors in authority and caste based politics.
Aman Sharma and Abhay Bharti, the two men who leave their footprints in her journey. One with her and the other away from her.
You just need to read and find out who is who.
In the beginning of the book, thete is a debate about educational system being based on merit or reservation. The readers will be able to relate to it because that's the current issue, whether we should be paying for something our ancestors did generations ago or is it time for it to stop .
The prologue creates the anticipation in the reader as he/she will stick to the end to find it out. The story is not predictable at all - making it a postive aspect.
The fact that Meera is in love with Aman is confusing, because how Meera developed feelings for him was never mentioned.
Despite being the re-edited version, the book does have errors.
The book at its start gives hope to the reader that the book has a cause, it isn't just a story about a girl, it is much more than that. Alas, it is just the story of the girl, beautifully written though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Basically a good read and worth the money you used to buy it..Published 7 months ago by Banaja Prakashini
The events in the story are well connected with the characters.The story revolves around Meera coming from middle class background and her determination to fight against all odds... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
First of all, a very big congratulation to Madhu Vajypayee for addressing a social issue that’s in the roots of our society – reservation and the politics involved in it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer