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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Redeemers by Suresh Taneja

Title: The Redeemers
Author:Suresh Taneja
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Frog Books
Date:  2013
Price: Rs.145
 SNAPSHOT: This is a fiction story of four friends who by a unique, never before thought method succeed in making India corruption free.

The Review:  
When I was in school in the early 2002 we heard a lot about India becoming a super power by 2020. As we can see now just after a decade that all we have is a nation full of corruption, we have realized that  all those promises were just dreams. We had been fooled and our emotions played with. However the author in this story presents that beautiful dream we saw and still in some corner of our hearts we wish to live it some day.
The story begins with the four friends and the main characters of this story Manisha, Akshay, Yuvika and Vikram meeting for their annual gathering in the US. While Vikram is shown to be the Indian ambassador to US, India is already a super power and the year is 2030. A rupee is equal to a hundred dollars, Tata manufactures the best cars in the world etc. I believe that is enough to trigger your imagination. 

The bad cookie is the author already reveals that the mission started by these four individuals was successful. I would rather have waited till the last page to know what happened, however what we don't know is how dis it happen? A couple of back to back incidents refelecting on corruption in the country in every sector from traffic police to healthcare drive these individuals to think hard to the root cause of the problem. They are shown to be intelligent and well thought individuals who come up with a unique and never before thought plan for rescuing the nation.  Though I have my own opinions and doubts of the idea's success the authors imagination here is commendable. 

What the idea would be? How will they face the smallest and biggest challenges? How will they drive the smallest bit of corruption from their own families? These are the plots that the story is all about. 

The Verdict:
Positive: A very fresh and unique concept.
Negatives:  The following were the short comings in my opinion: The author giving away the result of the movement in the first place lowers the readers interest. Two the central characters haven't been very well developed. Right in the beginning there is a hierarchy of family members to remember, though there is a family tree in the beginning but introduction of all the people at the same time is chaotic. The Namita Sarkar part and character wasn't needed. The writing was simple but not crisp. There were a lot of moments where I had to really motivate myself to read on.

The Verdict:  I believe it is a great story that could have turned out much better. But do read the  book for the concept and the story, its  fresh and worth pondering upon . If you read Revolution 2020 this is surely better in terms of the story as there is actually a revolution. 2.5 stars on 5.
About The Author:
Suresh Taneja is a chartered accountant by profession and is looking after the financial affairs of a listed company. He published his first book We can pull it off in 2010. This book is an improved and complete version of his earlier book. Suresh aspires for maximum readership of the book, particularly by children and youth. Suresh strongly feels that the youth need to play a leading role in shaping up the future of our country which presently is plagued with alarming proportions of corruption, malpractices and declining moral values. The intent behind this book is to kindle a sense of awareness amongst the youngsters on their possible role, encouraging them to be creative in finding solutions and inspiring them to translate their thoughts into action. Suresh writes regularly to express himself on a variety of issues. His writings are generally inspired by his life experiences and keen observations. Suresh does not wish to confine himself to issue based books only; he is keen to experiment with different genres and capitalize on his knack for storytelling.

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I thank the author for a review copy.

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