I have been reading a lot of debut authors lately. Some of them are good and most of them are not so good. Not trying to discourage anyone here but after reading some of the books, I felt like, writing a book has become a fashion more than a passion these days. Still, whenever I pick up a book by a debut author, I keep my prejudices and expectations aside and try and sail through the book and The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri lived up to my expectations in every possible way.
I bumped into the author at Nehru Place some 3-4 days back while he was getting some work done related to the book only. We chatted for some time and I promised him that I am going to be there at the launch of the book. I went to the launch, liked the way it was conducted along with a music launch by Rishikesh, the band (I quite liked the songs, listen to them here) but the only turn off of the evening was the emcee, sarcasm is something I don’t appreciate and don’t entertain either.
Well, coming to the book, I think the best thing about The Homing Pigeons is the structure of the book and the way the stories of Aditya and Radhika, the protagonists of the book have been narrated. The way the characters have been built right from the beginning till the end have been handled with utmost care. I personally felt that the book is quite predictable, the title of the book also gives away what is going to happen in the book, but the ending would definitely take you by surprise.
Aditya after losing his job due to recession of 2008 is clueless about what to do and where to go. That’s when he meets Divya at one of the bars of Chandigarh and his life takes a U-turn and he starts doing something that he had never imagined in his wildest dreams. Radhika, with a not so stable childhood, stands out and turns herself into a career oriented woman, but succumbs to her parent’s wishes and makes a mess of her life.
The way lives of Aditya and Radhika intersect in the book time and again is what kept me hooked to the book. Alternate chapters narrated by Aditya and Radhika made this book gripping and unputdownable. Though, there were times, when I had to turn a couple of pages back to understand what exactly is happening because the narrative keeps shuttling between past and present. I personally liked the way Radhika’s part has been narrated in the book. The emotions have been well expressed through words and you empathise with Radhika.
I must congratulate author Sid Bahri here for putting up a book which is easy to read and is riveting. His writing is simple and relatable. Anyone and everyone can read the book and the best part is the story will make you turn pages, which is what I personally like about a book. It should force you to turn pages. Pick up The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri if you are travelling or as your weekend read, it is worth giving a shot.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Srishti Publishers
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 9789380349916