A Vignette is a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border; and that’s exactly how this book feels. The words fade away, but the emotions are sure to stay with the reader for long.
All in all, it’s an extremely good read. Even if you not a fan of dystopian genre, and thoughts of such a future scare you, just shrug them off. Read the book with an open mind. And pray fervently that we don’t live to see such a day.
The book is an impressive work of fiction. The author managed to present the story in a very unique way. I’ve read several stories on the pre and post independence era, but this book kept me hooked till the last word.
Presence of several sub-plots did consume time, for me to comprehend and connect to the main plot. The cover design is interesting and is bound to attract the readers. Kudos to the author Kevin Missal for thinking of a plot as such and for giving us a chance to know Meghnad, Prince of Lanka in a better way.
One can read and absorb the book in two days flat but the idea or concept stays with you much longer. The opening chapter makes you want to finish the entire book in a go. Such is the potential of our banker turned author Abhaidev.
There is no beginning to this book, no end either. It starts on a random day and ends on another one, weaving an inexplicable beautiful story within the time. I just finished re-reading the book, and this time, I tried to appreciate the writing more than the story.
The story is set in a premise that’s not new, and yet, there’s novelty in the plot that’s replete with references from Norse mythology. The research that has gone behind this is praiseworthy, and the writer has painted a vivid picture from the POV of our protagonist
The narration is unblemished and portrays the author’s efforts, to bring forth some mind-boggling facts. The story is bound to get you goosebumps and penetrate your skin. A gripping crime thriller that highlighted the dark facets of the Indian society.
Driftwood is a compilation of 12 short stories from a seaman’s life. The stories revolve around incidents on port, during the call to duty, the trials and tribulations seamen face, their fears, their hardships, etc.
Each character in the book has an individual voice. It is easily distinguishable from the others. Each character is introduced in a separate chapter in the book and that gives a reader ample time to identify with the character.
The entire book is done in black and white. The illustrations, by Ashween Kaur, too are minimalistic adding to the bleakness and simplicity of the poems. The clean lines add value to the written words.
The book is a veritable treasure of tips and good practices. That’s the USP of this book. It is not preachy, rather each chapter is introduced in one or two paragraphs and is followed by quotes from famous and published authors, related to the chapter.
the real beauty of the book lies in the way the protagonist deals with the ups and downs of her own life. When the whole world shuts its doors on her, how she carves out her new identity and sails through life’s storms with her independent thinking and perseverance, is portrayed beautifully.
The book is an engaging, swift read that keeps you riveted till the end (when the mystery unfolds). I recommend this book to anyone who’s mind is titillated by mystery and intrigue. In fact, this book is quite the Bollywood Masala Movie type.