Book Review: An eye for an eye by Ashutosh Garg

by Enakshi J. Bhatia
(Bangalore)

Book : An eye for an eye

Author: Ashutosh Garg.
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Rating: 3.5/5

Summary“An eye for an eye”- a miscellany of emotions ranging from love to hatred. The story revolves around Chand and Shujaat, who have been best friends and hope the same legacy to continue in further generations. But easier said than done- their sons decide against the will of their fathers and become the best of enemies. Amidst the politics, power, finance, violence and fear, these two men start out for an overall experience of a lifetime where they strive to bring each other down (at any cost) and in the process, realize what life has in store for them.
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My opinion: ‘An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.’—Mahatma Gandhi.
This novella is a complete pot boiler, with all the necessary ingredients of drama, emotions, revenge and twists. “An eye for an eye’ is a delightful read and leaves the readers with strong and insightful acumen. The title of the book says a lot. It is perfect. The cover is subtle and is exactly what this plot required. The blurb is self-sufficient and efficiently endorses the efforts of the author to build up the interest. ‘Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves’; this tag line in itself has so much substance.

The layout, font (size, style), indentation, text alignment and the content presentation is fine. The author has successfully portrayed the emotional turmoil- right from the bright side to the dark one. The story is not restricted to one generation but two. The conflicts between the sons, has been demonstrated with utter intelligence. The readers cannot abstain from relating this difference with the kind of relationship the fathers shared.

Without fail, the author has depicted perfect balance in characterization of best of friends- Shujaat and Chand; and their sons- the best of enemies. Ironically, both Ram and Shaukat held grudges against their fathers. But one event after another, or literally speaking- playing the filthy game of bringing the other one down, they disgraced their fathers and the friendship they had shared with each other.

While reading, the readers will surely experience it in form of a movie because the characters will come to life and the scenes might seem relatable.

The foremost drawback in the book is that of editing and proofreading. There are major punctuation errors and time and again the dialogues have not been punctuated properly. Some of the sentences contain repetitions like ‘Let’s have tea first and then go up the balcony upstairs’. Use of Hindi words like ‘manhoos’ might offend the ones who prefer rich Literature.

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Mar 23, 2016
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Well written
by: Dr. Subhash Chandra

The reviewer does a commendable job in evaluating the novella, An Eye for an Eye. She ably points out the strong points which make it worth the while of readers to get a copy and read and enjoy it.

She is also balanced in her response in as much as she does point out the weakness which to a certain extent takes away from the merit of the book.

Well done, Enakshi.

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