​BOOK REVIEW OF- Twenty Twenty: A Race Against TimeBy- ANURAAG SRIVASTAVA

BOOK REVIEW OF- Twenty Twenty: A Race Against Time
By- ANURAAG SRIVASTAVA

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors (13 April 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9382665919

ISBN-13: 978-9382665915

THE PLOT IN BRIEF-

Life is a fast-paced Twenty20 game and you need to keep playing to win. Abhi and Aditi are siblings who want to realise their dreams in the ever upgrading world. In the midst of all the struggle and success, they get entangled in a strange web. If they are not able to resolve the crisis in twenty days, their very existence can come under threat. In short, they have to hit sixes on every bouncer thrown at them. Not just with the world outside, this ordeal is also a fight with one’s own character and principles. Unwanted situations, unexpected turns, money and sex push them deeper into the web. Manipulations and treachery become the order. The hunter becomes the hunted. A vicious circle of betrayal and debauchery is created. ‘Twenty Twenty’ is a story of betrayal, deceit and relationships, where a master planner devises games, to get to his own ambitions.

THE TITLE-

The title is perfect and very apt for the book. The word “Twenty twenty” has a firm relationship with time. I feel Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. This book has a title which will make you chase time, which will make you chase dreams, which will make you chase illusions.  Only once in a while you become aware of your intrinsic nature, with sudden bursts of empty spaces, without any effort on your part, you come home, rejoice every breath so deep and so soothing, you relax, unfocused, you skip into timelessness. This is the greatest mystery, the greatest gift of existence, without any identification to your senses, no clutches of your old patterns of mind. Few Glimpses of Heaven on the earth! I have experienced this by reading the title, have you?

REVIEW OF THE BOOK-

Although the central theme of the book revolves around time and pace, the plot has various sub plots in it too. Yes it’s true that Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. But the entire tomorrow will exhaust soon. 

Abhi and Aditi’s chase for their dreams and ambitions was portrayed very beautifully in the book. They made me felt that if you chase anything in life chase the things that get you excited about living. Chase the things that give you hope, happiness and a glimpse of a better life. Chase the things that make you want to be a better person. Chase the things that inspire you to think, create and live joyfully. Chase the things that reinforce in your soul that you can make a difference. Chase the things that make you want to transform your heart from selfish to selfless. When you chase that kind of storm you are chasing rainbows. Stop chasing society’s definition of success and chase your own definition of success. Success is an emotion that is experienced when you are completely fulfilled and content with where you are in life; it has nothing to do with a specific job, a specific amount of money in your bank account, or the quality of material possessions you acquire. You can be the richest man in the world, but still, feel unsuccessful, and you can be the poorest man in the world, but still, feel extremely successful.

If i speak about sub plots, there are deceptions, betrayal, deceit and treachery. We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honour the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.  Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.  Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare. 

Another plot which comes up is women empowerment. The two female protagonist in the story portrays the fact that women are no less than men. People will hate you if you are beautiful. People will hate you if you are successful. People will hate you if you are right. People will hate you if you are popular. People will hate you when you get attention. They will hate you when people in their life like you. They will hate you if you worship a different version of their God. They will hate you if you are spiritual. They will hate you if you have courage. They will hate you if you have an opinion. They will hate you when people support you. They will hate you when they see you happy. People will hate you while they post prayers and religious quotes on Facebook. They just hate. However, remember this: They hate you because you represent something they feel they don’t have. It really isn’t about you. It is about the hatred they have for themselves. So smile today because there is something you are doing right that has a lot of people thinking about you.

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YOU SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE-

THE BEAUTIFUL AMALGAMATION OF PACE WITH DIFFERENT EMOTIONS.
THE BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE ABOUT WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

YOU WOULD FEEL, “Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”

RATINGS-

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 ANURAAG- It was really a beautiful plot.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anuraag Srivastava, having done his schooling and college from Lucknow, has been a banker for over eighteen years now. Presently based at Ghaziabad, he has written more than a hundred poems in Hindi and English. A learning guitarist, an amateur photographer and an avid reader, he is a multi-faceted person. He also runs a blog for sharing his views on spirituality and general philosophy.

Reviewed by-

Sayan Basak

Kolkata

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