Review: The World In My Hands by K. Anis Ahmed

February 5, 2014
Author: K. Anis Ahmed
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9788184003994
Rating: ★★★½☆
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Bangladeshi author K. Anis Ahmed pens a story of two friends’ journeys, right from their childhood to manhood. The point of interest in this story is that it is set in a time of a national emergency. Read on to discover how the author has dealt with this sensitive subject. 

Kaiser and Hissam are two friends who have known each other since their early college days, and have since then, scaled and fought life in their own ways. Kaiser has made a good name and money for himself with his genius in business. Hissam, however, is a struggling newspaper editor, unsatisfied because he has not been rewarded with what he thinks he truly deserves.

These two share a strong bond that is tested during the trying dark times of their country, where military-backed national emergency prevails. When the friends choose to follow different paths, they come face to face with each other, albeit on the opposite sides. These tough times put their friendship to a test, challenge every aspect of their lives and put a lot at stake.

This is Ahmed’s first novel and I must say it’s a pretty darn good one! The prose, language and use of words are exquisite, especially clubbed with the superb nuances of the characters. Ahmed has intricately woven the minutest details of every situation in the story, making it a delight for the readers. However, I do have a complaint: the story unfolds at a slightly slow pace. The thrills, twists and turns are certainly unpredictable; it is sure to keep you on the edge.

Despite that, the book gives a fairly good peek-a-boo into times that could have been better. The broad storyline proves that the author is a fabulous storyteller. Reading a story that envelops a time of political unrest and national emergency may not appeal to everyone.

Check out Random House’s interview with Anis Ahmed here, and this article on the book launch of The World In My Hands. 

One Comment

  • Sarwar Chowdhury April 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    I personally think K. Anis Ahmed’s The World in My Hands is by far the most powerful novel written in English by a bilingual Bangladeshi.

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