About the author:
Sid Bahri is a hotelier by education, an ex-banker and a senior executive in the outsourcing industry, the third of which he sacrificed to follow his passions. He is a struggling entrepreneur and a happy writer, blogger and an avid reader as well. This book marks his debut in the writing world.
My thoughts on the book:
Firstly, I thank the author who was generous to give a copy of the book to me for review through another blog. It’s always exciting to read debut novels because you never know what the author has to offer.
Though there is a blurb at the back, I think it’s difficult to summarize the book. The two characters seem as different from each other, and in different worlds so it is very tough to imagine them together in one love story. That being said, this book can’t really be classified as just a love story either.
This is the story of two people, both said separately in alternating viewpoint chapters. The guy, Aditya, is someone who has just lost his job due to a recession in the industry and we find him in a bar, spending the last of his money on a drink. At the bar, he meets a woman, and from then his life changes dramatically. The girl, Radhika, is thirty one and has just lost her husband and we find her at the start, marrying off her stepdaughter and getting her claim to riches. Desperate guy, plotting girl… first impressions seem to form.
The story however doesn’t go straight. It goes more like a zig-zag pattern, sometimes coming to the present and then a flashback into the past. The story of the two, gripping at times and drab at others, then cross to a conclusion, just like homing pigeons (as the author so nicely puts it on the blurb).
What I liked:
Firstly, I loved the cover page and the title choice. Moving to the story, it’s never easy to do alternating points of view, and it becomes even more difficult when you are having a guy and a girl as the two main characters. You need to keep both of their emotions in mind, and do justice to them both. In my opinion, Sid has definitely succeeded in that. The characters have depth, and the narration was quite well done.
What I felt could be better:
The timeframes at time felt confusing. Suddenly you are taken to a different time, flashback and then back ot the present. Though the intent was justifiable, that part didn’t work for me. Some actions of the characters felt odd. One point I was left wondering was if the girl wanted to spite her former lover, why couldn’t she have married a young entrepreneur instead of an aging one, and what difference the age made? At times, the story felt very slow and boring, and I was definitely confused in the part about the adoption.
The story was good. It was much more than just a love story and it was conveyed subtly yet effectively too. A wonderful debut, which I applaud.
Title: The Homing Pigeons
Author: Sid Bahri
Publishers: Srishti Publishers
Price: INR. 150
(April 12th, 2013)