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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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.
The regurgitation of school life by Meera and friends in the first chapter was unnecessary. The relation between Aman and Meera could have worked upon a little more or they should have been introduced as already a couple. I dint not like the overuse of the word lower middle class family.
How often we read a book on social issues these days? The answer would be a single digit I guess. This book, Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee, is one of its kinds – a mixture of reservation, privatisation of medical colleges, ugly politics, and the people in power deciding the fate of everything. Just like how it happens in reality. I appreciate Madhu for attempting to write in this genre.
This book had a promising plot, which later got mixed up with too many subplots that diluted the concentration of the book. The first few chapters drew me into the story, made me travel with the characters, only to read a diluted plot. For example, when Meera said YES to Aman, I expected to read a few romantic chapters, but what I offered was a complete let down. When the author wrote about anti-reservation movements, what lacked were the details, the complete setup, and facts to believe it. To be true, I was bit disappointed reading the final few chapters.
The story had its own twists and turns, keeping me hooked till the end, but there was no surprise element. Still, this was a good decent read. If you are against reservation, then read this book to know the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, which the author penned wonderfully.
What I liked?
Only a few people know where to tell and where to show, I believe Madhu has done a decent job in this area. Her impeccable narration is what kept me hooked till the end. The plot and the characters are wonderfully plotted. The quick turn of events, the so-called good-luck factor, are well used in this book. Overall, this is a different decent read!
What I disliked?
Love and romance… the book lacked love and romance in those candid conversations between Meera and Aman, overuse of the words “Reservation” and “Caste”, lack of details or the setup of the subplots, repetition of the dialogues and grammatical errors.
Why should one read this book?
If you are against reservation, then read this book to know the ugly politics involved in medicine industry, which the author wonderfully penned. If you are victim of these ugly politics, for sure you will relate and applaud the author for plotting a decent read!
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