REVIEW OF the American Indian Dream (Paperback – 2016)
By Pranay Sahu
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS; First Edition (2016)
His life was his dream. From being a Wall Street Investment Banker to being a jobless put under spiritual arrest, to being hopelessly in love with a hippie ten years elder to becoming an entrepreneur , he lived his dreams throughout his life.
Cut to 2012, destiny’s favourite child is now controversy’s favourite child. Come success, come controversy. Controversies are inevitable, one’s reaction to them, is optional. Roshan should not have reacted.
Four years since he lost his job, Roshan is now battling his life after multiple gun shots; defending his actions before a spiritual guru whom he does not like at all. But life is not always your choice. The difference between dreaming and making dreams come true is what life is all about.
ON REVIEWING THE BOOK:-
First of all, I would like to praise Mr. Pranay Sahu for introducing such a beautiful and offbeat plot to the collection of Indian fiction. The title of the book is THE AMERICAN INDIAN DREAM, where we see the word ‘American’ is struck off. Why so?
Why the title instead of being THE INDIAN DREAM didn’t is THE AMERICAN INDIAN DREAM? Apparently both look same.
The answer to the above question is embedded on the last lines of the book.
“It is indeed a dream, the American Dream, made in India”
Roshan, the protagonist of the story is someone who loves to takes decision himself. As stated,’ there are two types of kids in this world-those who listens to their parents and those who doesn’t”
So Roshan fell in the second category of kids. Instead of choosing Delhi University, he chose Cornell University. Most of us Indians have this idea that a course in USA or UK is much better than in India.
And hence the dream starts,
Four years since he lost his job to being ‘graduated to a role of global CEO after handing over the baton of ExcuseMe.com to Ira.’
The complete plot is very wonderfully crafted. The reaction of Roshan’s controversy to every circumstance, the fate, the consequence will keep the readers glued to the book till the end.
On a personal note, I felt the welding of dream with work, passion and life is clearly brought about in the Novel. There are several things to learn from the story. As said ‘The difference between dreaming and making dreams come true is what life all about.’
The stringing up of Jagat, Meera, Shanker, Ariella and Ira together in the Novel needs a special mention.
I would rate the book- 39/50 on an overall basis.
4 stars out of 5 (
Here goes the detail-
Originality of the plots and sub-plots-9/10
Net emotions in the story-6.5/10
Usage of words and phrases-7/10
Possible interpretation of the story and the title-9/10
The net impact on the readers-7.5/10
ONCE AGAIN, KUDOS TO PRANAY SAHU FOR CRAFTING SUCH AN AMAZING STORYLINE.
Do give a read. Available at Amazon (http://www.amazon.in/American-Indian-Dream-Pranay-Sahu/dp/9384315397)