Review: The Guardian Angels by Rohit Gore

December 28, 2013

Author: Rohit Gore
Publisher: Grapevine India
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9789381841280
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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“Who is the first person flashing in your mind when you hear this book’s title, The Guardian Angels?”

Imagine a ‘Brobdingnagian’ picking you up by your shirt all of a sudden, and placing you in the middle of a monsoon-time Mumbai pulsating in its bustling spirit? A surprisingly-delightful teleportation it would be. This is how you’ll feel when you flip through the starting pages of Rohit Gore’s The Guardian Angels.

The Guardian Angels, in its first impression, is two people, Radha and Adi’s story. Aditya is the son of an affluent industrialist and Radha is the daughter of a trade union activist. Radha grows up to be a social activist and takes keen interest in social issues which Adi finds unnecessary. Yet, Adi and Radha find themselves in an unexplainable divine relationship protecting each other in times of danger. Their oscillations in and out of each others lives form the core of the book.

In a vague perspective, it may be a story about destiny. But in its depth, it’s a story which realistically projects people’s struggle when squeezed between their principles and their circumstances. Though Adi appears directionless and Radha exhibits insurmountable strength in the story, the reader realizes that Adi is no less in relentlessly pursuing what he believes to be true.

The author’s passion for sports gets admirably transferred to his protagonist as well. All characters in the story have an air of reality around them allowing the readers to connect with them easily. Rohit Gore mixes the emotions of love, care, jealousy, apathy and hatred in right proportions to render the story practical and sensible.

‘Will Adi and Radha get together finally?’

Thanks to Rohit Gore’s simple, lucid and super-captivating writing, this question chokes the reader so much that at times in the middle of the book you’ll have to close it and take a deep breath only to again inevitably fall back into his book.

Amidst the books filled with alarming quantities of triviality, this one stands out by providing concepts of enough depth for the reader to not regret reading this book. All in all, this is a gripping novel which is worth a shot.

However, some people might just be incapable of reading this book. To decide if you are one amongst these, ask yourself the question in the beginning of this review. If your answer was Dante Alighieri,then do not pick this book. Instead, just read Dante.

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