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Book Review: Blemishing the Odds by Harish Penumarthi

by Enakshi J
(Bangalore, India)

Title : Blemishing the Odds
Author: Harish Penumarthi
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Rating: 3/5

How we wish to narrate the indelible moments of our life to our children! How we wish our parents and grandparents narrate their life instances to us! Isn’t this the reason why ‘How I met your mother’ became a hit amongst the youngsters? ‘Blemishing the Odds’ is based on the same concept in which the father narrates his story to his children. The book is a delightful read as it is not only relatable but substantial.

With real characters and a strong storyline, the author has successfully penned down a fine debut. Editing and proofreading remain a glitch in this book. With plenty punctuation errors and typos and other grammatical mistakes, the book fails to leave a positive impression. It is only the plot that helps the readers to hold on to the book.Another drawback is the desperate attempt to fit too many words on one page. The font could have been standard and the spacing could have been increased.

If it does not involve walking on the fire, it is not love. But what if your heart is in a mess, for it has to make a call between losing love and changing the outlook towards life? The blurb of the story sounds simple but twisted. The constant urge to know the climax makes the book interesting. The language used is expressive with precise dialogs and clarity in expression. The cover of the book is fine. Although a more related cover would have been better.

The story introduces the readers to Raghav’s character. He is a happy-go-lucky kind of boy who lives by his rules and expects everything at his beck and call. Complementing his role is Trisha, who believes in calling a spade a spade and whose influence on Raghav plays as a page turner in the story. The story is about how her presence changes Raghav’s personality and that happens on good. The best part of the book is the cliffhanger on which the story ends. I love cliffhangers and this came as an icing on the cake.

Overall, the book deserves to be read once. The impact factor will be higher if the reprint of the book is out soon with all the necessary corrections.

Best wishes to the author!

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