Author: Utakarsh Jayant
This is the story of an honest, but befuddled young man’s growth in the hazy real-estate sector of Delhi. Set against the backdrop of the rapidly changing social and economic scenario in villages of the National Capital Region during the early 2000’s, it relates to his struggle under the omnipresent shadow of corruption, deceit, and swindling at various levels of politics and society in developing India. It speaks of his ultimate metamorphosis into an unscrupulous, cheating, and bullying goon, blind to right or wrong.
Like a breath of fresh air, this story is based on the time when Real Estate was booming in North India. Villages around metros and tier I cities had caught the attention of the Real Estate Moguls and every villager with land to sell became a millionaire overnight. But, all was not rosy. There were tons of frauds who swooped in to make money nefariously.
Chasing Illusions is a story of an innocent teenager, who finds himself caught in this web of real estate. His problem is that real estate is what he loves to do, but due to his innocence, he does not see the bigger picture. This is a book for all young entrepreneurs. I enjoyed reading about the struggle for the protagonist, Ajay, to find his foot and prove to everyone around him that he would become a successful businessman.
This is a book for all young entrepreneurs. I enjoyed reading about the struggle for the protagonist, Ajay, to find his foot and prove to everyone around him that he would become a successful businessman.
The story started in a wonderful way. The writing of the author is such that right from the first paragraph you get drawn to it. The language that is used is simple, yet refined. While there were minor grammatical mistakes, they did not disengage the attention from the story.
The author manages to keep the reader’s attention by adding backstories for all the characters. I felt doing so added the depth of the characterization. Of all the stories mentioned, I liked Fauji’s story the best.
At one point of time, two characters are seen lamenting the loss of nature and farms in this face of industrialization. That entire paragraph was a delight to read.
Also, I liked the way the author finished his story, he was able to tie all the loose ends properly.