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Sacrifice Paperback – 2016
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Narayan Keer is a humble lower middle-class man, whose life revolves around his family. He and his wife work hard so that their children can have a better life than they did. However, their dreams come crashing down when an influential builder decides to construct a sports complex upon their colony, and asks the residents to vacate the land.
The Keers, along with their neighbours, face the prospect of losing their home. The fear brings to the fore superstition, greed, anger and mistrust among the residents of the colony. In the grip of these emotions, they take decisions that will have far-reaching consequences.
Can a moment’s anger unleash the hidden violence in a person? Can families really be destroyed in a day? Can hope and happiness spring from tragedy?
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The mail plot revolves around Narayan and Meena Keer who lead a humble and respectable life and are content with whatever their meagre means could offer. With two daughters and a son, Narayan Keer was almost satisfied and did not expect a lot from life. However, destiny had some other plans for them. When they, along with other dwellers, are asked to vacate the settlement by an influential builder, things take a nasty turn. People do unexpected things when faced by crisis. Some of these acts have a positive outcome while others destroy lives. And what one perceives as a selfless sacrifice can often be perceived as venal and nasty by onlookers. What do Narayan and Meena Keer choose to do? More importantly, can they choose at all? Or just play a pre-written part in destiny’s plan of things?
The characters seem to be picked from a common man’s life and look very real. Every character has a distinct identity and plays an important part in the main storyline. However, as the story progresses, some characters seem dispensable and fail to add any value to the prime plot. I have always felt as a reader, that it needs some level of bravado on the author’s part to pick up characters from the lower strata of the society mainly because most of us like to imagine that everything is merry around us and often conveniently ignore that there are people living a life that is different from us. We build sky-scrapers to look towards the horizon but do not want to peek into what goes on just beyond the boundaries of those high-rises.
Sacrifice- The Road to Obscurity gives you a glimpse into life of a very common man and highlights the strength this man derives from his love for his family. The words in the book are a witness to a wife’s determination and a mother’s hope to look beyond the hardships and plan for better days, even when they look far-far away. This book may not push you to the edge of your seat and make you sit up straight at every page, but it will sure force you into some introspection.
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