Book : The Bhairav Putras
Author : Suhail Mathur
Published by : Red Ink Publishers
Price: INR 245
On the Jacket: The Bhairav Putras, set on backdrop of Pre-independence era where India was fighting for its independence from British Raj, is a story of group of brave men, who chose to challenge the powerful British and uproot them of their very existence, from their town of Bhairavgarh. The story narrates the valiant effort of these brave men, their challenges, their sacrifices and most importantly how they stood for each other when it mattered. But don't mistake this for just another story of Indian freedom movement, the story comes with elements of mythology and with grand twist. We often have heard the idiom Fortune favours the brave, but one has to read the book to find out who favors the brave.
The cover-page is beautifully designed and had elements which generated enough interest in me to pick up the book and frankly speaking, it was a good decision.
Plot: The book in terms of plot is a refreshing change from the rom-coms that have flooded in the Indian market in the name of new age writing and contemporary story telling. The plot weaves a unique tale of freedom fight, garbed under a thriller, with larger than life twists. Only draw-back are the co-incidences that happen too often and too easy.
Characters: The characters are uniformly written and the graph of the main protagonist grows with the story. Among all the characters, character of Bira and Keshav stands out. It is very interesting how the writers have connected the characters of the story with the freedom fighters of the real freedom movement. Also the fact that the character comes from different sects of life – from a Zamindar to a priest’s son to a washer man to unite for a common cause specially at a time when division of society was highly prevalent – is a nice underlying message from the author.
The characters successfully evoke passion in the mind of readers. One however wished a little more flesh in the character of Gita, who plays love interest of Bira and also supports in the revolution. One should watch out for the big twist in the end and beautiful inter-linking of some of the characters with mythology.
Narration: The writer has chosen a simple lucid style to narrate the story, that is easy on eyes and to read. The cleverly used one-liners add a solid punch to the narration. The writer effort to detailing specially the nature or the combats between the revolutionary and British are laudable and stand out in the book. In some of the sequences however writing looks inconsistent and there is a continuity problem. The clever twist and turns in the story keeps the reader hooked and the author keeps his best for the grand climax. Few of the scenes specially one which elements of mythology, are highly creative and works wonders for the book.
The book could have been edited better in few portions. But keeping aside, this minor glitches, The Bhairav Putras, is truly an excellent effort by first time author Suhail Mathur, who has achieved two significant elements through this book : a) A novel concept b) Good Characterization and masterful amalgamation of history and mythology in one platter. If you are bored the run of mill stuff, this book is likely to give you that much needed break. Recommended!!!
Disclaimer: Incidentally this is my first review of any book too J