BOOK REVIEW OF-An Intellectual (Part 1)
By- SHIVAM CHAUDHARY
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers; 1st edition (23 August 2017)
THE PLOT IN BRIEF-
The conversations between the two intellectuals (Swaraj and Najya) in the book are real except at some places. The book depicts mostly the conversations between two intellectuals mainly about the philosophy of life, science, and love. The conversations between them are minimalistic. The book is mainly focused on those unique people who are passionate about the philosophy of life and life itself, those who are passionate enough to question about almost everything. They crave to get connected to other people through meaningful conversations; they want to grow up with other people and help them grow by talking about self-improvement. They crave to help other people. Also, such gifted people crave to get connected to someone who can understand them. They expect to have a deeper connection with someone which can later turn into a romantic relationship. All the time they crave for passionate people, and an understanding partner. When their desires don’t turn into reality, they get trapped in their own thoughts. What happens next? Read the book and figure it out for yourself. It all lies in the ending of the book. I’ve shared the deepest thoughts of an intellectual. I suspect that most of the readers would successfully find conversations in the book related to their deep thoughts; they would be able to relate the authentic conversations with their lives. I guess I’m successful in predicting the reality. Remember: it is a boon to find someone just as passionate about something as you are, but it is pretty hard to get one in real life. One intellectual can have the capability to store numerous deep thoughts about most of the things in his mind.That’s what the ending is all about.
The author very beautifully crafted the title which actually gives us the main backdrop of the plot. B.R.Ambedkar once said that in every country the intellectual class is the most influential class. This is the class which can foresee advice and lead. In no country does the mass of the people live the life for intelligent thought and action. It is largely imitative and follows the intellectual class. There is no exaggeration in saying that the entire destination of the country depends upon its intellectual class. If the intellectual class is honest and independent, it can be trusted to take the initiative and give a proper lead when a crisis arises. It is true that the intellect by itself is no virtue. It is only a means and the use of a means depends upon the ends which an intellectual person pursues. An intellectual man can be a good man but he may easily be a rogue. Similarly an intellectual class may be a band of high-souled persons, ready to help, ready to emancipate erring humanity or it may easily be a gang of crooks or a body of advocates of narrow clique from which it draws its support. I really loved the way the author had introduced his characters Swaraj and Najya, and the way their conversation flowed. The title was apt and very precise to the plot.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
Although as we predict the dominating theme of the book is intellect, there are several small scoops of themes which I really loved. Let me give you an example. As we examine the stars, they often feel too far out of reach, yet we aren’t able to deny the sense of being touched by them in an intimate way beyond description. Do you feel as I do? That as you set your sight intently upon a star, it gazes right back at you in acknowledgement of recognition of you as well. To set our sights upon the stars is a feeling of being at home. It is a sense of belonging to something greater than us, yet a kindred sense of ourselves. Similarly all though I felt the conversations are too farfetched, there is sense of uniqueness associated both with the characters and with their conversations.
The second aspect is connection- they way both this intellectuals establish themselves. The characters beautifully portray the idea of human connectedness. We often forget our human connectedness. Throughout my life, I have felt the greatest beauty lies in this connection. It has been in the deepest connections with others that I have experienced the greatest degree of learning, healing and transformation. This connection is a powerful thing, with the ability to transform lives, and ultimately transform human experience.
And the third aspect was Thoughts. The contrast of the characters thought provoked me to realize that Sometimes I feel as though there are two me’s, one coasting directly on top of the other: the superficial me, who nods when she’s supposed to nod and says what she’s supposed to say, and some other, deeper part, the part that worries and dreams… Most of the time they move along in sync and I hardly notice the split, but sometimes it feels as though I’m two whole different people and I could rip apart at any second.
But what happens to the characters? Will thoughts separate them or connections bring them closer?
I would recommend you read An Intellect (https://www.amazon.in/Intellectual-Part-1-Shivam-Chaudhary/dp/B0752G8VYP)
Overall I would like to rate the book 41 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- 8/10