I was just roaming around the local market in the evening when I came across a street bookseller selling mostly reprinted and cheap novels, when my eye caught the red cover page – Ram by Amish. I instantly picked up the novel and started gawking at the cover of the novel, having heard and read highly of Amish and his novel, Ram. Hence, I decided to buy the book for a partisan 100 INR (=1.5 USD). One of the many reasons I bought this books was the fact that I had never read a novel from an Indian author apart from Ruskin Bond and I had a crave to try and judge one.
I must say the book is no doubt good but it lacks a certain glue to hold it all together. The story is presented to the reader in fragments and it appears as if it may crumble any moment. The narrative structure has a sort of fluency and eloquence in it and grips the reader from the onset but it fails to bank at the right moments. Although all characters have good individual arcs, they fail to come together at the right moment and the perfect amalgam of them all is found rarely or not at all.
Those were my views till after some time after I had finished reading the book, but they changes quite drastically when I read the introduction to the sequel of Ram – Sita. Amish has laid down a beautiful framework for the entire series and I have come to appreciate the beauty of the mesmerizing individual arcs but incomplete story arcs since he mentions that the initial 3 books of the series i.e. Ram, Sita and Raavan will just lay down the basic framework and guidelines for the fourth book and onward where all 3 stories will finally find a meaning after they come together. I found this new-to-me way of writing appealing and intriguing and I hope it turns out to be as good as it sounds.
I hope to read the sequels to this novel soon and find out if it was worth it or not.
This review may appear a bit controversial to some as I have heard of nothing but praise for Amish – the banker turned author but I am just presenting my views which may be drastically different from conventional rationale.