Book Review: A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life by Ravindra Shukla

On the jacket:

Resonance –  We often use the term, “frequency matching” in our daily life to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page etc? When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within the same range) come together – output is not a simple sum of individual work, but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit. Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become close friends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure? How do their character shape out, as they traverse from an educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the social-political world? Inspired by the real events across the globe from the last decade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story – struggle and triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current socio-eco-political era.

A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life is a story about life as is, in the current day scenario. A story about three friends whose lives cross each others’ at IIT and from here on, the book talks about the various facets of their lives. While the plot is a lot about what happens in the campus, it goes beyond, to their lives after IIT. 

High on emotions, the book poses a few questions for the reader, to ponder over. These are directly pointed at our society and the choices we make. Characters are well-defined and very relate-able, specially in parts where recession hits the protagonists.

Downside – editing. The book is too long, as a result it drags. It could have been edited in a more crisp manner, and been a few pages thinner. Even otherwise, the editing leaves a lot to be desired. One can see the author’s intent and idea behind writing the plot, but as a reader, one gets lost in it, if the poor editing hasn’t already turned one off.

Rating: ***.5/5

[This review is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for your review! Evaluation is tough job and I appreciate the effort in relating to the content. Glad you liked it.


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