Book Review – ‘The Drift Wood’

Author: Pratima Srivastava

Hardcover: 300 page

Publisher: Niyogi Books; First edition (30 May 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9385285742

ISBN-13: 978-9385285745

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Blurb

Udit never counted his blessings. And he loved being a rebel. But little did he know that his rebellion would one day uproot him and toss him into an ocean of uncertainty. A moment of rage followed by remorse and then shame all contrive to force Udit the young protagonist to plot a great escape! Soon he discovers that his ship had neither sail nor anchor. And when he is convinced that he would remain the eternal driftwood coasting along the waves, surfacing and drowning at the will of the current, someone walks into his life. What happens then? Does his life change course? The Driftwood is a sensitive portrayal of the trauma the Joshi family undergoes while carrying on with the mundane task of day-to-day living burying deep the memories of an irreplaceable loss. Running alongside is the life of their neighbours and good friends Dr Arvind and his wife Yashoda who battle the empty nest syndrome only to discover greater heights of callousness and selfishness of their son and the unexpected graciousness of a total stranger. A gripping tale of everyday and not-so-everyday happenings told in a simple lucid style that keeps the reader glued on to the book till the last page. A must read.

Review

‘The Drift Wood’ is a poignant account on the the lives of two families that will make you go back to your roots.

Shashank is content in his life. He has a decent job at the university and a loving family to fend for him. There are times when past events stir unpleasant feelings within him. The unfortunate accident in Mussorie that led to his daughter afflicted with permanent paralysis and the day when his eldest son left the home forever have scarred him for life. He holds on to a thin fragile string of hope that his son, Udit will return soon.

Their immediate neighbours are the Johri’s who are dealing with their own set of troubles. Dr. Arvind and his wife, Yashoda, long for love from their sons, Madhur and Mayank who seldom visit them. Arvind is also the physiotherapist of Shashank’s daughter, Shweta, who lends his helping hand in her quest of finding her brother, Udit.

The lives of the two families are interwoven in a sudden change of events. Will Shwetha succeed in her mission? What is in store for these families? Read the book to find out.

The story is narrated in third person perspective. Like in some novels, the perspective didn’t change abruptly, it was constant throughout the end. The author has meticulously described the beauty of nature, it’s wrath and fury. The locations materialise in front of you, due to the amount of detailing. The excellent writing style, makes it a pleasant read.

The characters are relatable and you might even have been in their shoes at some point of your life. They connect with you instantly and you will feel as though each one of them is narrating their ordeals sitting front of them.The dialogues are crisp and minimalistic. The story and the message underlying is a symbolic to life that however it might seem mundane and painful, you cannot escape it. Hope lessens the pain and makes life bearable. Sometimes kindness can come from the most unlikeliest places, even in the form of total strangers.

The excessive description hindered the coherence and slowed down the pace to a great extent. Few characters were underdeveloped.

Rating: 4/5

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The Drift Wood

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