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Book Review of Chasing Illusions

by Enakshi Johri
(Bangalore, India)

Book: Chasing Illusions

Author: Utakarsh Jayant
Publisher: Frog Books (Leadstart publishing)
Rating: 3.5/5

Burning the midnight oil to snatch success from the jaws of death, is what everyone does. But during the whole process what are the chances that the personality of the individual would change too? “Chasing Illusions” is the story about a forthright and virtuous person, who is deprived of success. This story depicts the absinthal truth about the struggle of a man, in this treacherous and untrue world. The protagonist, Ajay, began his life on a happy note, using his blood, sweat and tears to achieve success, money and fame. All he wanted was a complacent life and something to live for. Was that too much to ask for? Probably, yes. The filthy and deceitful politics, the artful and scornful people of the society and the lurking identity crises within the sub conscious mind, all play their roles together and lead to a major transformation of personality. The earlier righteous Ajay now hedges his bets and opts for a wrong path. Will he finally achieve what he desires or will fate turn all the odds in his favor?
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My opinion
“There are two types of pain in this world- pain that hurts you and pain that changes you.” This book perfectly describes the latter. The pain of not living
up to the dreams, the pain of getting deprived of what actually is yours, the pain of losing the one you loved, the pain of transforming into someone you always despised- this book is packed with all. It takes patience and the audacity to stand for what you feel is right. The character of Ajay has been crafted beautifully and he comes to life after reading first few chapters only. The title of the book is perfect because in the end the protagonist was brought back to square one. All this while he had been chasing illusions and in the course of his journey, he had lost much. The cover of the book could have been made better and a little relatable.
The narration is simple yet ambiguous because the framing of the sentences has not been done precisely. Too much extra details have been added to every sentence. In some pages, the language is not clear and the readers cannot bring out the meaning of what is being said. The flow of the story is in continuum and the climax is enthralling.
Great job done by the author.
Best wishes!

The major drawback in the book is the lack of proofreading and presence of several grammatical errors that makes the content ambiguous. The sentences are too long and the language is confusing.

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