Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review: The Long Road

Author: Dr. Vivek Banerjee
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 176

Price: Rs. 150.00
Publishers: Cedar books ( Pustak Mahal)

Yes! Every one falls in love, or let’s just say it” oh Gosh, we tend to fall up and down that bumpy road marked with roses and hearts:. Now, why bumpy? Yank your head- bumpy because, roses have got thorns and if the heart is involved you got to have heart breaks and heart aches. Yes, as I said, people from all walks of life have the right to fall in love. We have engineers drowning in the sea for it, we have lawyers quitting their logical senses- and getting “dillogical”. Just, when I learnt about Dr. Vivek Banerjee’s “The Long Road”- I had the following thoughts cropping up.

  1. 1.    Good- now doctors are head logging with IITians and writing love novels

  2. 2.    Wow- doesn’t seem a racy less rehearsed plot.

  3. 3.    OK well- got pairs to judge marriage, love and relationships

  4. 4.    Oh well- seems like I am saved from getting into the shadows of Mr. “I”.

  5. 5.    A Doc writing could also mean medical terms gnawing at me, (cold shivers) “Do I need to check medical tomes now!!

The days were saved but for point number five. The oldies would remember the song, “ajib dastaan hai yeh”- Raj Kumar and forever white saree clad Meena Kumari. The 'Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi'- silent adoration and the rest. I wanted to draw your attention to it simply because there the medical terminologies were missing, by God’s grace!
And if we are not looking at point 5 but the rest- I should say- “HMM, now I know why The Long Road- was the shortest way to the heart.”

Innocence is the right chord to make the readers at home with the book and simplicity is the ever burning torch that serves as the guide through the mazes of the mind. The words long Road, seems tell you that to understand the mutual ways of human adjustment, to survive through the thinning lines of relationships, you need to go through methods- the road is never the same for each one of us- yet the emotions overlap.

The tale smoothly swirls around Hina and Ranjiv-perhaps more so around Rahul and Sarika. Where one couple is still trying to understand the reasons behind what makes them stay together- falling in and out of love marks their journey: the other pair is more into adjusting through life, giving up on little things yet even one of them do feel the pang of inner mind. The idea of the Lion getting his super share is lost in between, when a man lives by the rules his wife makes for him.  
The chemistry between Hina and Ranjiv are perhaps present in the plot to reveal the nuances of the real society, whereas the other couple delineates experimentation- pushing the laws at the brink and forcing variations that might snap off ties any moment.

I would suggest readers to consider “The long Road” quite akin to the one each one of them is walking on. The reading style afterall does project required maturity to address relationship issues.

My Rating: 4/5

About the Author:-

A pediatrician by profession, Vivek Banerjee lives in Saharanpur with his parents, obstetrician wife and two children. The pressures of his profession leave him with little leisure but he still finds time for his varied interests. An avid traveller, he has covered the length and breadth of the country in real life and the rest of the world in his imagination.  A voracious reader, music lover, self-confessed geek and an amateur ornithologist, he would rather walk the road less travelled, given the time and opportunity. A Bengali by birth, he has grown up in various towns of North India and studied in many different schools and colleges. He started writing on Rediff blogs where he is known as Ben and went on to write this novel. He has also authored many short stories as a preparation for writing this novel.
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1 comment:

Abhishek Bose said...

unfortunately, i still haven't read this book though i have heard a lot about it...so hope to lay my hands on it soo and read it in one go :)