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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Book Review: Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins by Bharat Madan

Title: Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins
Author: Bharat Madan
Publisher: Notion Press

Genre: Fiction

Date:  2017

Price: INR 299/99 (Kindle)

Pages: 308

Jim Morgan is a character not unheard of, a best-selling popular writer who shuns away all popularity for focused writing. He has no personal life, seperated from his wife and no family. He lives alone and does only one thing"writing". He has however trouble writing the next book and approaching deadlines from publishers. The story begin with an unusual day where he suddenly one day he receives an unusual visitor, God. God tells him that his sufferings are due to the karma in his past life and he must get over and rectify them to be able to live better. The formatting and the feeling of the book at the beginning is amazing. It makes a reader, especially a mature one instantaneously connect with the book for the character sketching is just perfect. The recluse perfectionist is projected so well that you could almost predict his next move.

God tells him that he had a past life where he committed seven sins. These sins should be paid of in this birth, in the next seven days. The best part of the story, the clue for each sin is in the writers previous books. So Jim begins reading them trying to identify his mis-deeds. What then unfolds is a gory story, connected through his previous books, each piece delivered to him like a puzzle.  Up til this point, the writer ensures a large literary landscape for his plot and the book gives an impression of a literary pursuit, however what next happens with the "sins" part turns it towards a thriller. The entire build I think could have been a better platform for something more psychological or literary, I wish the author could release a different version of the same story post the first half. However, that was just my tasteful expectation and many may appreciate what further unfolds. 

The book has certain minor logical flaws, like its many characters being extremely familiar with Hinduism, though none of them really is one, but these can be overlooked as the story still remains gripping. It is definitely a book that gets you hooked on to it and ensures itself to be a one shot read. Bharat Madan adds to my list of new Indian writers to watch out for.

Rating: 3.5/5. Highly recommended.