28 November, 2015

#BookReview :: Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee

Book Blurb:


Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It's her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste based politics. Her path is crossed by the two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are forever going to change her life. If it is Aman who can challenge her ideals and defy her resolves, and makes her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay's sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It's also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self. 





My Review:

Seeking Redemption revolves around Meera, a middle class medical student and her journey. From what seems to be pretty normal life, she certainly finds herself in the world of caste based reservation and corruption. Besides her immediate family, Aman and Abhay are the two people who managed to touch her life closely. Thrust headfirst into situations that reek of trouble and problems, Meera must find her feet amongst all the uncertainties and make a path for herself. Will she be able to finally find her footing? And of course, would she find love amidst all the chaos?

The author has taken a great step to showcase one of the evils of the 21st century India – caste based reservation. It is a system that has been in place for years and even though it is now outdated, people still hold on to it. Politicians use it as a means to fill up their vote banks, officials use it as a means to earn some extra income and certain non-qualified people use it to gain employment. If you really think about it, the system is not helping those in need at all and at the same time causes a lot of people with merit to miss out on opportunities, which in turn is pulling the country back. I admit that I do not completely agree with the author about how she has treated the subject, but I cannot deny that it is one of the biggest problems of our present society. Thanks to the author for bringing it out in the open.

The characters in the story had some promise. Meera for instance, is a strong girl. She realizes that something wrong is happening and does what she can about it. But at the same time, this was in a way a journey of self-discovery for her and as such she did make some mistakes and then learnt from it – which made her more human and easier to relate to. I loved her parents more though. Her father is everything that a girl needs in her life; someone to count on for support and some to glean off some wisdom from. Her mother is what most mothers are like – loving, caring, overbearing, irritating and absolute darling, all wrapped up in one. As for Aman and Abhay, they are poles apart – yet they have an important role to play in Meera’s life. I do not think that Meera would be who she is at the end of the story without either one of them.

The book is not all doom and gloom and not all sunshine either. Like real life, it has a bit of both just like it has things that I liked and things I did not like about it. Here’s the deal – I liked that the author has taken up a serious issue as the base of her plot for her debut novel. I truly appreciate that. But then the love triangle was overdoing it. The relationships seemed very abrupt and as such the growth wasn’t captured well enough. The plot, like the characters, held some promise too. Only it was not cultivated to its complete potential. The pacing of the story could also have been better as it really lagged in the middle.

This is a book that can possibly be either a hit or a miss, depending upon the individual reading it. If you are someone who is tired of run off the mill campus love stories, you can surely take a chance with this.


Review Copy received from the Author


About the Author:
Dr.Madhu Vajpayee- the writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is her first step in literary world.  
Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires.
When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.


Reviews for the Book:

It was a perfect book and can motivate one. ~ Nidhi Author on Goodreads

Wonder full book.Clearly highlights the current problems faced in India as a result of reservation! ~ Nikhil Dave on Goodreads

It is one of the amazing fiction I have read in the near past. Highly recommended. Cocktail of Corruption, politics and love. ~ Akshay_Tripathi on Amazon

What Madhu does well with this story is to highlight many factors that need change. She brings out facets like reservation. She talks about the more rigid mindset of an Indian family ~ Vinay Leo @ Booworm's Musings

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