BOOK REVIEW OF- 2 Peg Ke Baad
By- Nikita Lalwani
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors; 1ST edition (13 April 2016)
THE PLOT IN BRIEF-
2 Peg Ke Baad brings together 14 short stories that happened after 2 pegs, in an inebriated state. World’s greatest stories are created when people are high – masterpieces are painted, universal truths are realized, models on billboards are befriended, lovers are united, butts are kicked, confessions are made, and relationships are sorted. The book started as a blog with people from across the world sharing their stories, ideas, confessions and beliefs and the elixir of the 14 best stories is here to reveal what lies beyond a conscious mind. Though the book does not intend to encourage drinking alcohol in any sense, here’s to celebrate every emotion that kicks after a few pegs. Cheers!!
The title is perfect and very apt for the book. All the stories portrayed in the book revolve around someone who takes two pegs of alcohol. The title also brings out a beautiful message that Reality doesn’t impress us. We only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles us, we escape, one way or another. In a world where people are too languid to make something of themselves out of effort, we sell them hope. What they do with it is up to them. Invariably they drink it and then hurl it down a gutter, but that’s their choice and their freedom. We know that the emotions which are expressed after one is intoxicated are true and natural. This book describes fourteen emotional stories which you will feel that life is a crazy mixture of intoxicating cocktails.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
Each and every story weaved by the author are indeed intoxicating. The description of the sweet kiss in the story ‘A Walk with a Call Girl’ was so beautiful and loaded with emotions. It’s easy to dismiss girls who work on the streets as deadbeats or drug addicts without ever thinking about why they’re working as prostitutes. And the truth is that many of them have been trafficked and they work long, exhausting, miserable, soul-destroying hours for men who are cruel and violent. They’re constantly afraid, not just because of what might be done to them if they don’t do what they’re told, but also because of the very real threats that are made against their families and the people they love. ‘The last painting’ reflects the fact that There is something beautiful about a blank canvas, the nothingness of the beginning that is so simple and breathtakingly pure. It’s the paint that changes its meaning and the hand that creates the story. Every piece begins the same, but in the end they are all uniquely different.
I loved the emotional journey of the characters in the stories of ‘It’s not a Love Story’ and ‘Epilogue’. Everything of value that we will know in this life comes from our relationships with those around us. Because there is nothing material that measures against the intangibles of love and friendship.
‘Drive-in-sanity’ gives the perfect contrast of hallucination with the reality. Alcohol does not a change a person’s fundamental value system. People’s personalities when intoxicated, even though somewhat altered, still bear some relationship to who they are when sober. When you are drunk you may behave in ways that are silly or embarrassing; you might be overly familiar or tactlessly honest, or perhaps careless or forgetful. But do you knock over little old ladies for a laugh? Probably not. Do you sexually assault the clerk at the convenience store? Unlikely People’s conduct while intoxicated continues to be governed by their core foundation of beliefs and attitudes, even though there is some loosening of the structure. Alcohol encourages people to let loose what they have simmering below the surface. Overall I loved all the stories and especially the concept of intoxication which the author has brought into the play. Possession is not only when the devil plays hide and seek in your brain or poison your medulla oblongata with negativity, but it is also when you are under the influence of the same specie as you!
YOU SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE-
THE BEAUTIFUL AMALGAMATION OF INTOXICATION WITH EMOTIONS.
THE BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES LEFT OVER AFTER EVERY STORY.
YOU WILL FEEL THAT ‘Life is a crazy mixture of intoxicating cocktails’
Overall I would like to rate the book 42 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
Net emotions in the story- 8/10
Usage of words and phrases-8/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
The net impact on the readers- 9/10
KUDOS TO NIKITA- It was really a beautiful plot.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A writer/dentist/copywriter/blogger/coffee enthusiast/explorer/arithmophobic, Dr. Nikita Lalwani considers herself to be married to writing and is very happy with that. Swimming, spirituality, reading, learning new languages are her other girlfriends. She authored her first non-fiction work Live Life…Stop Analysing It when she was 16. Nikita believes that dentistry happened to be destiny, but writing is where she truly finds herself. She considers herself a workaholic and loves exploring different aspects of life that stand way away from just text books and desk jobs. Currently she is working as a copywriter with an ad agency in Mumbai.