Author: Akash Verma
Take a deep breath before you are born here, my child!
You take birth in a land where I struggled; gave it my sweat and blood. A land that I thought belonged to me..… unbridled, uncompromising.
Krishna is a Dalit boy from Bihar who struggles to overthrow the chains that hold him back. Chhavi is a high caste Brahman girl fighting for the rights of others, propagating equality in a politically charged Lucknow University campus. After Krishna saves Chhavi from getting torched during a protest against reservation, love slowly blossoms, only to be ruthlessly crushed by a society that thrives on divisions of caste and religion. From student politics in Lucknow to the interiors of Bihar, from the corridors of power to the glitz of media and the film industry in Mumbai.
A Broken Man is the quest of a deprived Krishna to redeem hope from despair, love from separation and success out of repeated failures. From the bestselling author of It Happened That Night and Three Times Loser, this is a story that reinforces our faith in what love can accomplish as it pushes us to achieve the impossible, making us tap our true inner potential.
This book took me by surprise. I had started reading it before reading the blurb, so I was quite blown away by the subject matter.
The book started on a high note with a young man, who had lost everything…his house and family, and had come to the city to find a job. He gets a job as a driver of “KK”, a writer of movies and songs. When working with him, he comes to know KK’s story.
The book deals with a sensitive issue of how Dalits are treated in India. This complex story is weaved with romance. One more thing, the female interest of the protagonist, has been fantastically created. She has a presence, we come to know of her personality. These days when almost all female characters have a personality of inanimate objects, this is a girl who has her ideas and is ready to fight for them.
There are a few grammatical mistakes, like using the word ‘write’ instead of right and things like that, but they are not as many to take your focus away from the story line.
India has progressed, but there are many who still have extremely rigid caste ideas. To this day, people ask your surname and then judge you based on that. The story has been written in a way that makes you question this social order. Why are Dalits treated the way they are? Currently, with many issues that have occurred that have brought to life how the Dalit students are treated in colleges, this is a book that has come at the right time.
The writing style is quite simple. The story flows in a perfect manner, at no point do you find yourself being bored. The characters are relatable and each character has been developed individually. You can visualize the looks and the characteristics of each character.
All in all, definitely one of the better books I have read.