Title: Satyamev Jayate – Truth Alone Triumphs
Author: Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh
Publisher: Self Published
Price: INR 295 (paperback)
Reading Time: 2 hours
This is a book that is truly one of its kind. A book that promises a lot, is well constructed, but leaves you feeling there is so much more scope for a far more detailed and enthralling story. It feels like and reads like a movie plot or a movie story, vivid in detail yet short in its summary approach. It is interesting for sure, and is yet in need of fleshing out, detailing and filling out.
The story is based on a combination of Defence and International Shipping Business, with a lot of corporate intrigue and intelligence work thrown in as well. The story revolves around an Indian Shipyard Company, that has a commercial line of business sadly going through some tough times. They bring in an Indian with work experience in the biggest names in the industry to set things right. This person focuses on twin lines – a line of state of the art Submarines with Russian Collaboration, and a commercial line.
The new head successfully manages the various egos and personalities in the company, pulling & pushing to get the people in place, while succeeding in bagging major orders for his Shipyards – leading to stunning growth over the years. In this backdrop is fought a brutal cutthroat battle for top honours in this company combined with a wayward senior employee in the defence line caught in a honey-trap– and a resultant fast rising threat to India’s newest submarine line.
As can be seen, the book has myriad angles to it – Corporate Battles, Espionage, Detective Whodunit, Business Drama and Personality Drama. Encapsulating so many diverse themes within one story with complete gelling of each into the overall theme of the book is the true positive point in the delectable short 190 page little book. Each angle has been deftly handled, with aplomb, giving justice to the theme and the story, making for a riveting read.
The pace of the story is frenetic – it really is a fast paced book, and can be finished in one single 2 or 3 hours stretch. Given the deft handling of the many intermingled themes above, audience attention has also been ensured; you are pretty much glued to it good and proper. The language is easy, flowing and simplistic – with even the sentence construction being simple. Long complex sentences, words are all but absent, making for a wider audience reach in our country.
Characterization is minimal, absent even. Given the exceedingly short length, this is a sacrifice the author has made. There was admittedly plenty of scope for a proper detailed character plot – given the myriad themes the book contains. There remains plenty of space within the story for the same throughout the book. This has, for some reason, been done away with almost completely, opting for a very shortened character plot; this is one thing I found inexplicable.
Perhaps the biggest miss of the book, one that cost it 1 ot 1.5 stars in the rating, is the shortened treatment. Other examples are the quick, rapid treatment of the investigation, wherein the chance of a delicious thriller type detailing into how the honey trap was laid, how the real perpetrators were identified etc was shortened or done away, and the result introduced as a stunner all of a sudden. Many other instances can be identified where, had the story been properly fleshed out, would have had a magical impact on the rating as well as the enjoyment.
While the book is a good one – it has many positives, which I have listed above –it is with more than a tinge of genuine regret that I am forced to note its negative or rather what-could-have-been side. This negative is, from a different POV, really only a could-have-been-lament and not a real negative per se. With a more detailed comprehensive treatment, the book could have been one heck of a thriller – it has all the needed ingredients. Nonetheless, what is actually present is also good, and truly worth a read!
RC Rating: 3/5
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Book Review by: Vishal Kale