Book Review – ‘The Perfect Drug’

Author: Chaitanya Saini

Publisher: Pakshi Publication
Publication date: 1 Jan 2018

ISBN-10: 9353004519

ISBN-13: 978-9353004514

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Blurb:

Buddha meditated for six years, and Shiva had his mountain. Could there be a drug that might induce enlightenment? A substance that could cause us to attain a heightened state of consciousness, the gaining of a perspective that perforates this veil of maya, revealing the divine in us and others a well? One that makes us perceive that the biggest problem of the world isn’t global warming, air pollution, or overpopulation, but is a global demented state of consciousness, the demon of ignorance that has ingested this whole wide world? Ananya synthesizes such a divine drink with immense difficulty, and tends it with great care-but the attainment of power often brings its abuse. It an attempt to beat the demon outside, he mutes all the voices contrary to his ambition including his much-revered intuition. He fails miserably but his torture endures. Does his indulgence keep Ananya entangled in the web of illusion, or will he emerge a true, conscious being, devoid of all attachments? Is the answer he has to discover for himself.

Review:

The perfect drug’ is the story of an ambitious boy Ananya. He was passionate about Physics, but due to unforeseen circumstances, he ends up getting admission in Chemistry at the prestigious St.Stephen’s college. Due to the course of time, he falls in love. Everything is well in their paradise, before he comes to know about her drug addiction. He is shocked at the same emotionally shattered. Using his knowledge of Physics and his expertise in chemistry, he decides to invent a drug that will enhance mental abilities and propel the life towards a path of spiritual enlightenment.

The plot is quite different unlike anything I have read before. The language used in the book is really good and will definitely enrich your vocabulary. The characterisation of the main protagonist is perfect. You can relate to his emotional turmoil at some point in your life.

I found very few dialogues in the book. It would have been better, if the author had included some dialogues to engage the readers. Some chapters were dragged by unnecessary description. There were many minor characters who appeared and disappeared out of the blue.

I won’t be able to categorise this book to a particular genre. It has elements of thrill, love, mystery ensconced in it. I would recommend this book to all the bibliophiles who are looking to pick something different for a change.

Rating: 3/5

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