March 22, 2017Posted by : The Booknerds
Book: The Four Patriots
Author: Sumit Agarwal
About the Author:A graduate from IIT Kanpur, Sumit
Agarwal is a successful businessman. He is also a music composer, lyricist,
singer, actor and writer. His music videos can be viewed on his YouTube
channel, or on his website www.sumitagarwal.net.
Sumit runs an NGO, Prerna (www.prernaa.org). Among its many social welfare initiatives, the NGO has adopted ten government primary schools, in order to facilitate quality education. He is also the founder of Kasauti, a consortium of NGOs formed to aid clean and answerable politics.
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Published: 1 October 2016
The book is an extraordinary attempt to instill the youth of our country with patriotism instead of sermonizing ,it conveys the above said message with the help of a gripping plot.The narrative is smooth without many hiccups that one remains deeply engrossed in the plot,craving to guess what comes next.The four young men Aditya,Varun,Salman and Raghav are just symbols.They can be anyone from amongst us.There meteoric rise to power is phenomenal but painstaking.The sacrifices they make,the loved ones they lose on the way and the grit and determination they display in taking their country to the idealistic State they desire has been depicted in the book with sincerity.The writer hits the nail on the head when he says that “the people have become so tolerant that they accept what is thrust upon them silently and carry on with their lives”.He feels that justice delayed is justice denied.Various problems like the pollution of the rivers,laxity of the administration,poverty,social security system,the sufferings of the common man all have been potrayed with the help of incidents happening in the life of these four protagonists.Even the problem of roaming around of stray animals on the roads has been taken up seriously.Significant and sensitive issues like the problem of Naxalites have been dealt with relevantly.The cliche “Is desh ka kuch nhin ho sakta” has been crushed by the writer.He offers a solution to every problem in the book be it the cleaning and linking of rivers or the rehabilitation of the aged,children or women,terrorism or corruption,high prices or education,politics or training of scientists all have a realistic solution to them.Problems concerning sanitation as well as the protection of the environment are also dealt with conviction.The book is an honest and sincere attempt to transform the country into the heaven that Rabindranath tagore had dreamt of.The “Makeout India” plan is an out and out hit if implemented thoroughly.Inspite of being a book dealing with so many issues,it has emotions interwoven with utmost care so that one experiences a feeling of contentment on completing the book and somehow believing that justice is always done.Wry and subtle humour elevates the style of the writer.Long story short it is a solid debut novel from the author.It is a genre which can easily get preachy but the author keeps the narrative taut.Kudos.
The Booknerds’ Verdict:”It is a solid debut from Sumit Agarwal. It is a genre which can easily get preachy but the author keeps the narrative taut.Kudos.”
Nerd Rating: 3.5/5
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