Books, Feminism, marriage

The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahiri: Book Review

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Back Cover Review:

In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Aditya, a jobless, penniless man meets an attractive stranger in a bar. Little does he know that his life will change forever.

When Radhika, a young, rich widow, marries off her stepdaughter, little does she know that the freedom she has yearned for is not exactly how she had envisioned it.

They say homing pigeons always come back to their mate, no matter where you leave them on the face of this earth. The Homing Pigeons is the story of love between these two unsuspecting characters as it is of lust, greed, separations, prejudices and crumbling spines.

My Review:

This is the secod time I am writing this review. I had posted this yesterday and today I find out there is no mention of the said post here, not even in drafts :(. Anyhow typing it all out again, hope it turns out as good as before! So here goes:

When I opted to review the Homing Pigeons, I had envisioned reading a love story.. Few pages into the book, I realised how truly wrong I was! This was not just a love story, but so much more than that. I portrayed the struggles of Aditya and Radhika, their journey from childhood to adulthood.

In India, where a guy’s marriageable worth is measured by his bank balance, it is interesting to note the internal struggles of Aditya in his career, his mad rush to earn more and more money just so that he can prove he is better than an NRI. It really is sad that instead of character, bank balances are given more importance in arranged marriages. And the struggle he had to put up after loosing his job, is beautifully sketched. It reminded me of the lead character of Paulo Coelho’s “Eleven Minutes”.

I believe this story should be read by all parents who blackmail their “kids” who are adults to leave the partner of their choice because of caste and force them to marry someone of their choice. It’s sad that parents put their own children to a life full of regrets and what ifs and not love. I have said it before and i will say it again, FORCED marriages NEVER work. NEVER. You can emotionally blackmail a person to marry but you cannot make him/her love. And it is hard enough to support a marriage with love, it is impossible to have a happy marriage without love. I wish parents would stop being so selfish.

Even more than Aditya’s Journey, I liked Radhika’s journey. It highlighted the plight of a girl  child. How when in time of giving up a child for adoption, her parents choose her, not her brothers. The expressions of her foster-father while he came to know he had a daughter and while he came to know he had a son, clearly told who was more welcome. It was interesting that though Radika’s parents treated her as a liability, they still thought it was their place to force her to marry an NRI!

Among the side characters, I loved Divya’s Character. She is independent, unashamed and just Rocking! I would have liked to know more about her.

Oh, and this book comes with its own music! Download it at www.sidbahiri.com. It is good music.

Coming to the negatives, I felt a need for more detailed character sketches of the side characters, I would have liked to know what kind of people they were.

The book had a few pages missing and some pages were repeated, so that really disturbed the reading process.

But other than that, a good book!

I thank The Reader’s Cosmos for the copy of the book. To know more about them do visit: thereaderscosmos.blogpost.com

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