03 May, 2013

#BookReview :: The Homing Pigeons... by Sid Bahri

 In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Aditya, a jobless, penniless man meets an attractive stranger in a bar, little does he know that his life will change forever…..
When Radhika, a young, rich widow, marries off her stepdaughter, little does she know that the freedom that she has yearned for is not exactly how she had envisioned it…..
They say Homing Pigeons always come back to their mate, no matter where you leave them on the face of this earth. Homing Pigeons is the story of love between these two unsuspecting characters as it is of lust, greed, separations, prejudices and crumbling spines.

This is the story of Radhika and Aditya. Set in the period when recession hit the market, Aditya’s situation at the beginning was that of many youngster of that period. He was just another jobless person struggling with his life. Radhika on the other hand is a young and rich widow who has just taken care of the last of her responsibilities by marrying off her step daughter and looking forward to the freedom that life would now bring her. As both Aditya and Radhika chooses to move to Delhi, little do they know that their paths are about to cross and bring them changes that they hadn’t ever dreamed of.

Aditya, as one of the protagonists of this story, was a character who made it really difficult for me to like. I believe that every person is self-made irrespective of their backgrounds and situation and Aditya is almost everything that I do not like in a person – highly irresponsible with a bad habit of binge-drinking. Plus, all his insecurities about himself really got on my nerves at times. He was a complete mess. I was like, ‘What’s wrong with you? Just Man up!’ But as the story progresses, Aditya starts to show signs of growing and so that brought me some hope. Radhika, on the other hand has many aspects to her character. She is pretty and intelligent and while she has done some really commendable jobs, she also has some not so commendable attributes. There are a couple of other characters that have their influence in the story, but none that really stand out.

The plot is simple and refined. Like an ordinary love story, this too is a story of a man and a woman whose love for each other is tested over the years. Language used is simple but the writing style is something more than ordinary. The way the author has told the story by shuffling between the POV of the two characters and between timelines is truly laudable. Special thanks to the author for avoiding the current trend of inserting unnecessary sleazy scenes. 

Overall it was an awesome debut piece that has managed to grab my attention and make sure to keep an eye out for the author’s upcoming works. Give it a try.

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