BOOK REVIEW OF- My Blind Father
Publisher: Kalamos Literary Services (2016)
A BRIEF OVERVIEW-
A story teaching the nation… This story will take you into the depths of child psychology to understand the child, to help the child, to provide them an environment where then can grow to their best potentials. From the beginning of civilization, we are growing by ignoring child. Because it is very easy to ignore a child, you can tell them to shut up. You can force them to sit silently, so we forget how to understand a child. Your world is perfectly well without understanding a child. But now you can see the results. Ignoring a child, disrespecting the freedom of a child is producing criminals in the society. Now we need to understand a child to make our society crimeless. This book is to help everyone to understand the child. To make our civilization more civilized.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
I was taken aback with the title – My Blind Father. I usually don’t read novels on child psychology, but this was something different. Something completely different from the rest.
The narrator says that it’s a blessing for him that his father is blind. As a very general person we all would have felt sorry for the eyes. But we see
If you ask me what I am most thankful to my father for, then first is for his “Blindness”
To rediscover the secret behind the thankfulness, I couldn’t turn my head up from the book until I reached the last page.
Our father is someone whom we admire. I mean we all want to become someone like him. Be it the pillar of hope or the monument of determination, our father is there for all.
This particular novel takes us through a voyage where we meet Om who describes how his father taught him, what life is.
Om describes his childhood, school life and his adulthood so beautifully that will leave a scar on your minds.
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. “
But to discover what happens with Om, or why is he thankful for his father’s blindness; you have to turn the pages of this novel for once.
THE FATHER-SON PSYCOLOGICAL PLOT.
THE INSPIRATION BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE STORY.
THE BLINDNESS FACTOR.
THE LUCID LANGUAGE.
The entire plot could be made better. The word blind is used very lucidly at sometimes. It could have been made more metaphorical.
THE FAVOURITE REFERENCE-
If you ask me what I am most thankful to my father for, then first is for his “Blindness”. I know it must be shocking for you that I am thankful for my father’s ‘blindness’ instead of being sorry for his eyes, but yes, it is so. Now the question is why is it so? The answer to this question is the heart of this story. I find this answer so important that I felt that it is my responsibility, to write it. This is what I am doing here.
THE FAVOURITE QUOTE-
Today, I am writing this, sitting in the hospital, beside the bed of my blind father. Doctor is saying it will take a day or two for him to leave his body. But he has said his final good bye. He will never speak again. His eyes are closed, both his hands are open. Once in a while his fingers move. So I can feel his presence. His breath is very slow and peaceful, like he is enjoying this too, he is in no hurry to die. Shree is pregnant now, I don’t know if I will ever be a father like him. But I promise on my still-alive father, I will be ‘Blind’ to my child.
Overall I would like to rate the book 37 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 8/10
Net emotions in the story- 7/10
Usage of words and phrases-7/10
The title, cover and the illustration-7/10
The net impact on the readers- 8/10
Overall, it’s worth reading. Uncovering the psychological journey of a Father Son relationship, I think this novel has loads of things to teach us.
Look your best – who said love is blind?
KUDOS TO ANUJ- It was really a beautiful plot.