Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Homing Pigeons

Do you believe in love? Then, this book is for you.

The two protagonists, Aditya and Radhika, had always been in love with each it destiny, or circumstances, or sheer stupidity, move in different directions in life. 

Homing pigeons have an uncanny ability to find their soulmates... so its imperative that Aditya and Radhika would unite, even if it takes failed marriages, heartbreaks, estranged relationships and loads of time.

The setting is during the economic slowdown when Aditya loses his job. In one fateful night, his life changes - he finds a source of income, but, at the cost of morality. Radhika, in another part of the country, finds herself at a crucial juncture - she is the widow of a rich man, free to live on her own terms, now that her step daughter is married.

The book is written in an interesting style - its in first person, but the narrator is Aditya in one, and Radhika in another. So, the reader gets the perspective of both. There are times when you would wish you could scold either one of them, for thinking in the wrong direction. The story swings from the present to past, telling you about turbulent childhoods etc., bringing the reader and characters at the same platform. 

The language is surprisingly simple - and maybe because, we all are romantics at heart, you would find yourself glued to the book till you finish it. You'd draw you breath many times towards the end, when Radhika and Aditya's paths come dangerously close, but do not cross, much like a Bollywood movie.

I'll give it 3.5 stars.