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False Ceilings Paperback – 1 Jan 2016
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About the Author
Having studied M.Tech in Computer Science from Kurukshetra University, Amit Sharma is currently working as a Software Engineer in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for the last ten years.
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The storyline goes through several generations- from pre-independence era to the future. Multiplicity of genres without giving any feeling of loss. The narration exemplarily matches the level classics or the several award winning books. Though the readers will be at loss trying to join the dots initially, last two chapters wraps up well and the pieces fall in place perfectly. The historical events are linked seamlessly.
The readers might get confused at some areas, which in turn cause a drop in pace of the story. Author succeeded in maintaining the inquisitiveness in the reader, which is maintained throughout the story. Nevertheless, when the secret unravels, it doesn't keep up with how the whole build up is constructed.
Overall the book is highly recommended to the serious readers, who want something different yet enchanting. With a little more homework, it could have been one among the classics.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
This book attracted me because of its unconventional title and the blurb that promised a suspenseful, adventure filled saga that spanned decades.
I started out with no preconceived notions about the book and was pleasantly surprised. The first thing that I noticed was the meticulous research the author has done which shows in his admirable attempt to mesh historical facts with fiction to take his story forward. There is a sense of suspense throughout the book that had me intrigued.
The writing style is also very different and while I, overall, enjoyed the author's different narrative style, I also felt a bit bored at times when the pace lagged and there was no twist in the story in sight.
There is not one but many protagonists in this story and the author has handled them with ease and given each character his/her share of the limelight. The different eras are realistically sketched and I could visualize the settings in each of them. I was transported easily to the past, present and the future by the author and had quite a lot of fun experiencing so many different shades of time, all the while sitting at one place!
However, at times the shift from the past to the present to the future had me confused and I felt the transition could have been more fluid. Same goes with the characters who sometimes felt disjointed and had me straining to keep track of the shifts between the characters.
All in all, False Ceilings by Amit Sharma is a brave and promising debut with a strong plot and a story that reads like a saga with plenty of time travel, adventure, suspense and emotional play. I enjoyed reading the book and give it 4 out of 5 and look forward to reading more from the author in the future.
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Lipi’s part of the story is the most vast and influential because it is the one which sum up everything and I was relaxed after reading that. All the questions were well answered till then. But the problem arrives when the secret was to be revealed. I felt that it was highlighted a lot but wasn’t handled in the same way. I felt betrayed because I was waiting for a massive heart ache but the blandness was too much to handle.
So, False Ceiling was a great book showing human relations and inhibitions. The drifting relations and the long family connected with some old memories.
The book contains fine points of good story telling and the story grips you till the end. Reader is taken from the beautiful hills of Dalhousie to the busy Delhi streets and in all this you are also going through some gripping story telling. I could sit back, relax and enjoy this book with curiosity and amazement.
Best of luck with the book Amit and Please Keep writing.
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