January 7, 2016

#1BookRead #100BooksPact2016 #FlightofHilsa

Meenakshi M Singh #1BookRead #100BooksPact2016 #FlightofHilsa

A satiating and beautiful read with the hangover.
Flight of Hilsa evokes the Hilsa within the reader in pursuit of purpose and happiness in one’s life.
Bringing forward the truth about love, be it with a lover, parents, friend or with life, weaved beautifully through the journey of Avantika, the protagonist , reader is compelled to introspect. “It’s easy to be Kabir than Buddha” pushed me to think and the “basis of love is Faith” is so reassuring.
Also it’s a story of an artist who faces the dilemma of choosing the path of heart or what the world preaches, to get tamed, a conflict between the idealism and materialism. Any artist can resonate and relate to the life story of Avantika and it builds the belief on staying true to the heart and earning love than sheer material.
Loved the mystic, romantic and philosophic exchange between the Captain and the woman.
How the story builds the bias strongly about a community and then towards the end breaks it too like a natural phenomenon, very interesting. Like one grows in life with prejudices and then how these melt with experience.
 I started the book on Jan 6, and had to the cancel all the engagements for the day, for the book is an unputdownable one and I kept glued till I journeyed with the protagonist Avantika till 2:00 am. Author’s writing is very descriptive and almost poetic when it comes to describing the splendor and beauty in a context. The most remarkable thing is how a man is able to successfully depict the struggle, the inner turmoil from a girl’s point of view. Amazing ability. Especially the satire and depth in Amit Shankar’s writing is commendable and I have become an admirer all the more of his pen. The poem by Gibran was aptly put and justified the dilemma. A satiating and beautiful read with the hangover. I really look forward to reading more of his work. Thanks.
- Meenakshi M Singh #1BookRead #100BooksPact2016 #FlightofHilsa

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