Saturday, 5 October 2013

Book Review : Sahyadri

          Sahyadri is a book written by Deepak Dalal. The protagonists in the book are Anirudh, later also known as Irfan, And Rustom. The story is set in the cities of Pune and Mumbai, which was earlier known as Bombay, and in the mountains and plateaus of Sahyadris.
          The book begins with Anirudh and his friends being in the NDA academy for the Annual Sailing competition. His father, not considering Anirudh's fear of the water, has enrolled him in the competition. After some pages of this non-essential text, the group of friends decide to go to the Fort of Torna on a trek. Salim, the man-servant of the Dongre's acts as a guide since he was brought up in those hilly regions of Sahyadri. After an unexpected fist-fight with some thugs who were apparently after Salim, Anirudh leads the group to safety showing uncommon knowledge of the Koleshwar plateau for a person who has never visited the plateau before. Anirudh slips and falls and hits his head hard. He gets into a coma and is taken to a hospital in Mumbai.
             During his coma, he experiences a dream in which he relives his past life of Irfan who has an uncanny resemblance to Anirudh in many ways. In this way he discovers about a treasure, stolen from the British con-man Wallace. There are some other moments of friendship with his friends Mario, Ajit and Rustom which are told about. Deepak Dalal also tells about Irfan's deteriorating relationship with his father.
             The things that I like about this book are that Deepak Dalal speaks of unity in the time of 'Each religion for themselves'. Mario, a Christian, Ajit, a Hindu, Rustom, a Parsee, And Irfan, a Muslim, are friends together. The book has more cons than pros sadly. The description of the situations is very lengthy. One tends to skip paragraphs and paragraphs of these descriptions. This book has some pages which were totally unnecessary. But still the idea of having a Desi Adventure is fresh and that's what makes the book readable.

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