Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review: False Ceilings by Amit Sharma

Title: False Ceilings
Author: Amit Sharma
Publisher: Lifi Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Genre: Fiction
Date:  2016
Price: Rs.295
Pages: 256

The story begins with a scientific touch, the “if else” statement in science as Aryan tries to work on his research project. Little did he know that it would be the question around which his life will majorly revolve, as is everybody’s in his family. To a scientific mind there couldn’t be a better beginning to a mystery than this.  A dormant curse traverses through generations into a family for generations. It is like a deadly disease, latent mostly, which doesn’t get detected yet when comes out upon the next one to inherit, it takes you with itself.

The writer has chosen a different style of storytelling wherein he has divided all the characters as if they were the piece of a puzzle and jumbled them up, telling each ones story one by one in a random order. It therefore gives even readers otherwise impatient with reading novels a good one to start with. It is an amazing trick if the characters were lesser. I almost gave up at a point where he then started connecting the dots.  The story is beautifully written and that makes up for the reader’s patience as you savor each written word woven into the tale. Overall it is a good story made beautiful by the writing and mysterious by a well-crafted strategy.

Just last month I reviewed a book from Lifi Publications and was so disappointed at the shabby work done with it that I couldn't help but mention faults in the editing and polishing process. It so happens that the next book I pick up (this one) from the same publishers turns out to be so good that it has a strong chance of being my top ten reads of the year. I am amazed at how the same publishers can deliver such diverse qualities when it comes to writing. If that happens can you trust a publisher when you pick up a book, especially when we pick debut writing? Thoughts anyone?

Rating: 4/5. A highly recommended read. Amit Sharma delivers an amazing debut. Looking forward to more from the author.

About the Author: Having studied M.Tech in Computer Science from Kurukshetra University, Amit Sharma is currently working as a Software Engineer in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for last ten years. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos.

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