Saturday, 4 June 2016

Book Review - Honour for a Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir

Book Name: Honour for a Ransom
Author: Rajnish Gambhir
Publisher: Frog Books
Price: Rs. 375

April 13th, 1978

Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of 'upholding family honour'. His ex-love, Sarah Jefferson (a British psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste.

Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unscrupulous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in Punjab cabinet.

Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an 'affable-boy-next-door' who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore...

What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality?

With time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar - the only man she ever loved?

A heartrending love story - Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames and the unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.

Honour for a Ransom is a kind of book that will leave the readers pondering about the story long after he has finished reading it. The incidents from the story have been narrated so realistically that the reader is sure to feel it happening in front of his eyes. The characters have been well sketched. The reader discovers things about the characters little by little, page by page and that adds beauty to it.

The book is divided into parts - each part telling the story in different character's perspective. The form of narration differs - some parts have been narrated in 1st person narrative, while some in 3rd person. The reader is bound to find new words throughout - the book added more words to my vocabulary.

Honour for a Ransom makes a place in reader's heart. The reader will feel love, anger, hatred and compassion for characters. Its a good book to read and recommended to all.

I rate 'Honour for a Ransom' with 4/5 stars.

You can buy this book here.

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