Broken Man By Akash Verma – Book Review
Book Review Of A Broken Man By Akash Verma
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Publication Year: 2016
Rating: 3.5 on 5
A Broken Man is the third novel of bestselling writer Akash Verma and deals with one of the most predominant issues of Indian society, namely the discrimination based on caste. The cover of the book has been beautifully designed and depicts the figurine of bound by man, whose body language reflects the desperation building up inside him. Since I like books that are related to some social cause or other, I started reading A Broken Man in earnest.
Krishna, dalit boy from Bihar, studies in Lucknow University along with Chhavi, an upper caste Brahmin girl, who constantly propagates equality in the politically charged campus. Although Krishna and chavvi do not see eye to eye initially, things change for good when the boy saves the girl from being burned alive during a reservation protest. Soon, Krishna and Chhavi fall in love, but their hopes of being together for life are crushed by the social divisions of caste and religion. Years later, Krishna is a successful writer in Mumbai and has gained the hope of restoring contact with Chavvi. But will love overcome the opposition of society this time around or will Krishna loose Chavvi once more never to find her again.
A Broken Man is the story of Kirshna’s search for hope in an environment of despair, his attempts to ensure the success of love over hatred based on casteism, and his persistence to attain success despite facing repeated failures. The author has done a brilliant job of creating characters that are grounded in reality. The settings of the story both in the past and the present have been well researched. Though there are some issues in the latter half of the book, they do not impact its overall affect in a negative manner.
Overall, A Broken Man is a well written book and I wish Akash all the best for its success.