Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:15:00 GMT | By Sujatha Bhagath/India Syndicate

Book review: A Piece of the Giant

An eloquently written novel vividly examines the scenario in India during the time of the colonial rule and immediately after its collapse.


Book review: A Piece of the Giant

Journalist Anupam Srivastava's novel,  A Piece of the  Giant, is released by Chief BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad and PDP National Spokesperson, Dr Samir Kaul, and Surjait Dasgupta, National Member of the Aam Admi at a book release event in New Delhi.

'A Piece of The Giant', a first-time novel by Anupam Srivastava is a salute to the  heroes of India's fight for independence and also a lament at how things have turned out to be after the end of the colonial rule.

While the whole of India was mighty relieved when the country got her independence not much has changed for the commoners. If it was the British who brutalised the hoi polloi with their unfair and at many times brutal governance then, it is now their Indian counterparts who have taken over those reins. The bungalows that the Britishers dwelled in have now become homes of corrupt Indian politicians. There is a vast difference in the lives of a certain section of politicians and the common man.

There are heroes galore in Anupam Srivastava's book. The main player, the Raja of Teekra, Daulat Singh who in the beginning comes off as a very unsure ruler out to please the British metamorphosises to a man of great character who in the face of crisis shows exemplary presence of mind and heroism. The change in the Raja could in a way be attributed to his son Prince Pratap whose valour, dignity and enterprise can be likened to that of Shahid Bhagat Singh.

This is not a book on politics alone. A major part of the content has a love story skillfully interwoven through it. The romance between Prince Pratap and Malati, a village damsel and singer with a melodious voice that can move mountains makes the storyline very engaging. The story also has a lot of elements of spirituality, sacrifice, humility, conceit and deceit.

The way situations unfold in the novel are quite interesting. The author has told his story well. The manner in which the story starts and ends is particularly impressive.

A must read for students and followers of politics because of the minutest political details some parts of the book have gone into. A good read for every Indian, because this is a story of our country, a time to remember greats like Gandhiji, Bhagat Singh, Azad, Bagha Jatin and others.

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