23 November, 2015

Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee - [Book review]

Book Details:
Title: Seeking Redemption
Author: Madhu Vajpayee
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Publishers: Half Baked Beans
No. of pages: 176
Source: Free Advanced review copy from book r3vi3 tours

The story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It's her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle-class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste based politics. Her path is crossed by the two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are forever going to change her life. If it is Aman who can challenge her ideals and defy her resolves, and makes her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay's sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It's also the story of her loss as well as the triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

My review:
This is the story of Meera, an aspiring doctor and her turbulences in life because of poverty, corruption, caste reservation and politics around her.

People who grew up in India can easily relate to this story. I feel pity for Meera and many students like her who couldn't do higher studies in spite of their intellect because of the reservation system that prevailed in our country for so many years. I have even personally seen/ met many friends who tried to crack MBBS/ PG entrance exams, but couldn't get a seat even with a higher score as their seat is reserved for someone with a caste reservation with a very low score. The story also talks about moral values through different characters. It depicts human emotions effectively.

One thing that I didn't like about this book is that it becomes very preachy at some points. I understand, that building a story with this kind of concept is not easy. But, the reader might lose interest in the middle and may want to flip through the pages.The narration could have been made more interesting.

Few lines from the book I felt, worth sharing:

“Our birth might not ensure to which class we belong, but our deeds certainly do.”
"A poor person is just a poor person. He doesnt need to be categorized to any caste or religion or race or gender to be designated as poor. Sir, hunger, pain and suffering transcend any of these manmade divisions of the society. Just because someone is born in a particular class, religion or caste doesnt make him anything more or less than a human being. He is a human being first, after which any other label follows."
Overall, it is a good read.

My Rating: 3/5

Buy book here: Flipkart

About the Author:
Dr. Madhu Vajpayee - the writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is the beginning of her journey into the literary world.
Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and was associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn't pursue earlier because of the demands of the medical profession and commitment it requires.

When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and traveling.

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Reviews for the Book:

It was a perfect book and can motivate one. ~ Nidhi Author on Goodreads

Wonderful book. Clearly highlights the current problems faced in India as a result of reservation! ~ Nikhil Dave on Goodreads

It is one of the amazing fiction I have read in the near past. Highly recommended. Cocktail of Corruption, politics and love. ~ Akshay_Tripathi on Amazon

What Madhu does well with this story is to highlight many factors that need change. She brings out facets like reservation. She talks about the more rigid mindset of an Indian family ~ Vinay Leo @ Bookworm's Musings

Until next time,

PS: Received a free review copy from author through book r3vi3w tours and this is my honest opinion.

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