Emotions —isn’t that what binds us to each other, and that is what Sudarshan Mahabal’s book is rich in. The story does say that it is about a man, Anant, from a small town in India making it big in the Silicon Valley of California, then leaving it all to come back to India. But the real story which runs like a gentle stream, tinkling and splashing its way over the rocks is the emotions that the author has weaved into the plot. The scenes start subtly but end in an explosive bang, that squeezes the heart of its emotions which the eyes can’t help but reveal.
I read this in a post-— People are very open minded about new things as long as they are exactly like the old ones. But there are those unexpected exemplary shining gems of people who delightedly prove the above statement wrong. One such person is Ajji, a character from this book. She is an inspiration; her character is written with so much strength that it brought tears to my eyes. I read this book Women’s Day, and I was delighted to meet her. A woman living through the 1940s so open to accept the new ideas of the generation next, making those bold strides where few dared to even step through.
The second thing that impacted me while reading is the journey which the main character Anant takes with his best friend, Chris through India to Nepal to see Mount Everest. India has its own set of problems, but the underlying richness of its culture and the goodness in the hearts of the people is what the author Sudarshan has brought forth as a gentle reminder to all of us.
Every book demands that there should be a beginning, the main part, and the ending and so does this book. But what cuts through the prose like an arrow to the heart is the raw talent to interweave the story with scenes that take your breath away, scenes where the emotions play like a harp to the unknown melody, scenes which take us back to the past memories of our life, scenes which remind us of what is really important at the end of the day – loved ones.
The niggles, though minor, distracted me a bit. Certain chapters written in third person when the entire book is in first person read off to me, also I found the ending rushed. But these did not detract me from reading the book in a day.
A journey known as life, which the two main characters Anant and Sameera travel on, where people come aboard Chris, Amy, Madhura, and some leave, but most travel together, finding a common thread to bind themselves, to find the beauty even in the trials of life. The trick to living a good life is living a life together, an enriching and beautiful life, filled with laughter, smiles, innocence, hardships, decisions, goodbyes, and above all the love which binds us all together. Love does trump all!!
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Sudarshan is a Data Scientist in one of the large Silicon Valley companies by day, and a writer by night. He is a Production Engineer from VJTI Mumbai, MBA from California State University, Stanford Certified in Strategy and a research scholar working on his PhD in predictive analytics from SIU. He is also a visiting professor of statistics and data mining at different MBA institutions. He splits his life between Silicon Valley, USA and Pune, India with his wife, their two sons and a golden retriever dog named Steffy who is the furry love of his life. ‘Love Trumps All!’ is his first novel.
Love Trumps All!’ is a work of fiction that takes the reader, along with its protagonists, on a journey that waves of Indian immigrants have made to the US and back, and many American businessmen have made to India in search of cheap labor since the Y2K phenomenon. It is an illuminating interwoven story of five unlikely friends in a global setting across Silicon Valley, Manhattan, Mumbai, Pune, Khamgaon (representative of small-town India full of youth with stars-and-stripes in their eyes!), Hyderabad and Nepal, as they explore their liberal progressive identities in a world powered by immigration and divided by nationality, religion, and politics
Publication date : 12th December, 2017
Publisher : LeadStart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
Language : English
A journey of love and life