Title : A Broken Man
Author : Akash Verma
Pages : 240
Publisher : Srishti Publisher
Genre : fiction
Cover : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation : 4/5
Overall : 3.5/5
Take a deep breath before you are born here, my child!
You take birth in a land where I struggled; gave it my sweat and blood. A land that I thought belonged to me..… unbridled, uncompromising.
Krishna is a Dalit boy from Bihar who struggles to overthrow the chains that hold him back. Chhavi is a high caste Brahman girl fighting for the rights of others, propagating equality in a politically charged Lucknow University campus. After Krishna saves Chhavi from getting torched during a protest against reservation, love slowly blossoms, only to be ruthlessly crushed by a society that thrives on divisions of caste and religion. From student politics in Lucknow to the interiors of Bihar, from the corridors of power to the glitz of media and the film industry in Mumbai.
A Broken Man is the quest of a deprived Krishna to redeem hope from despair, love from separation and success out of repeated failures. From the bestselling author of It Happened That Night and Three Times Loser, this is a story that reinforces our faith in what love can accomplish as it pushes us to achieve the impossible, making us tap our true inner potential.
Blurb shows clearly that the book is about Krishna and Chhavi who falls in love despite having various clashes of interests and society issues. A broken man by Akash Verma is a genuine effort by the author to show a mirror to our mindset regarding various issues prevailing in our society that goes unnoticed by privileged and makes ‘suppressive’ suffer for all their life. This is the story that teaches you to stand again and fight for what is right.
Simple language and powerful presentation of emotions of the protagonist proves the worth of the author. His writing style is simple and effective. He will surely make you feel the pain of his characters and that’s what holds the reader till the very end of the book.
Coming to the storyline. Well, that’s where this book falls flat. Story of the broken man is not something that can be said to stand out of the crowd. It’s slow pace is another thing that can detach the reader from the book.
Overall, the book surely deserves a read for the writing of the author. The portrayal of his characters and brilliant dialogues in the form of political debates describing the current situation of ‘Modern India’ is something that can’t be missed.