Book Review- Maverick heart between love and life By Ravindra Shukla

Title                             : Maverick heart between love and life 

Author                         : Ravindra Shukla

Publisher                      : Frog Books

Year of Publication       : 2013 No of Pages                 : 383       Language                     : English Type                             : Fiction Price                             : INR 195 ( Flipkart  INR 135)

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Ravindra Shukla is an engineering graduate from IIT Bombay. He has been working in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms – PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai.
Adding few more spices , garnishing and serving an already cooked dish in a bit different way was an overall impact of the book.But anyhow sometimes you even like such dishes. Don’t you ?
The character setting , the institute , the life of the characters seems to be quite similar to CB’s Five Point Someone or three idiots.
A mixed bag of feelings of friendship,care, love, hatred, jealousy, passion ,sacrifice n all sorts of complexities lies in it but the story does not focus on the  same old love triangles ,instead how every character chases his /her passions dreams by  choosing their own paths ,setting their own goals, with of course a dash of melodrama  added to keep the readers engrossed ..
The energy ,the vibrancy,the dreams ,the vision  of young hearts and minds had been the highlight of the story. The game of one’s heart vs one’s own mind had been depicted quite interestingly.
It’s very difficult to choose to follow one’s heart when there is a clear call to mint millions by joining the rat race but that’s what Rahul ,the male lead character did – He sacrificed the glamour of millions, decided to work for the society and joined an NGO.
A modern,intelligent ,proactive, clear headed girl with Indian values – Richita ,the female lead character of the story.Walking through ups and downs , she ultimately meets Rahul in the IIT campus and finds a comfort level with him to share her feelings and the intimacy between the two grows with time .But how did it happened that he got married to a typical corporate guy ,Deepak? Was she under some family pressure?
Rahul’s best buddy, caring ,intelligent,having a practical approach towards life – Neerav,another main character of the story.He hails from an affluent business family, highly focussed towards his goals and always aimed to enter the corporate world .
Did the life of these three friends took turn according to them or they had to listen to the life’s call? Chasing their dreams they all took different paths  but were they able to unite again ?
For more you will have to read the book ..
The best part of the book are the discussions among the friends,the dialogues are raw and straight from the heart.The social issues are highlighted brilliantly. The flow is good.
Of course the book is too lengthy and needs better editing. Parts of the book does not require detailed narration .Moreover switching from first person to third person and vice versa sometimes creates confusion.
A suggested read . You will enjoy it.
Rating  3/5
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