Let me begin this review by saying that The Hope Factory has one of the most beautiful book covers that I have seen lately. An aptly chosen picture which actually symbolises “Hope”. This was the first time I was reading something by Lavanya Sankaran and had heard good things about her last book, The Red Carpet which was a collection of short stories.
The Hope Factory, is a about two people. Anand, a successful entrepreneur who is about to get the biggest project of his life and Kamala, Anand’s family’s maid, who wants her only son Narayan to study well and get settled in his life. Both Anand and Kamala have their own share of problems and they struggle with them with each passing day.
Anand needs to buy a land to expand his company’s production unit. Things go haywire for him when he gets stuck with politicians and criminals. Also his marriage is falling apart and the thought that he is responsible for so many lives bothers him all the time.
For Kamala, her son falls in a bad company and also certain things happen that can ruin everything for her that she has made over the years with sheer hard work and perseverance.
The book began on a promising note but as it progressed I couldn’t see anything happening till the midway. But, the writing style was so gripping that I kept turning pages, one after the another and then things started falling into the place and in the end, I was satisfied with what I had read.
Set up in the urban settings of Bangalore, The Hope Factory is a light and breezy read. The book is already a bestseller in UK and US. The characters are well defined, a story interestingly told and it will keep you hooked till the end. Lavanya Sankaran’s writing is simple and relatable and definitely deserves a chance.
Publisher : Tinder Press, Hachette
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 978-075-532-787-4
Price : Rs. 550/-