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December 1, 2012

Book Review - 103 : Love in Crazy Times

Author : KV Gautam
Publisher : Diamond Books

The protagonist Amit is a daring middle class guy who chases both love and dream of starting his own business. The story, narrated in the first person by Amit, is set in Delhi from the period of 2005 to 2011. The story follows life of Amit, a small town boy armed with optimism and confidence, who comes to Delhi in search of a job. The story also narrates personal and professional struggles of his friends Suraj and Shantanu, who came to Delhi from Lucknow and Kolkata respectively.

He is faced with the hypocritical Indian society and the corrupt business class on his path. His victory is not easy and comes after a long trail of personal and professional setbacks.The story also shows how India, after the economic liberalization, is offering immense opportunities as well as challenges to young people. Its also about the cultural gap between a small town and a metro, and how parents find it difficult to adjust in a fast changing nation.

Relying solely on central protagonist's over reactions, the book is slow and does not achieve anything in terms of plot. Even if you ignore numerous grammatical and spelling mistakes, the confusing timelines and progression of the narrative will leave you dumbfounded. Amit turns out to be a whiner, and even though there are deliberate attempts to show him as a loser in order to illustrate his inner conflict, it comes off as contrived and superficial. There are too many incidents sprinkled through the narrative which have no connection with the main story line neither they contribute to any of the characters. In the end, they just add to the length of the book.

I am going with 1/5 for KV Gautam's 'Love in Crazy Times'. It is a book in which the lead character tries hard to do something of his life. There are good chances you will not feel the same about your life after reading the book. Even though it is only 150 odd pages long, it will seriously test your patience. Read at your own risk.

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