Saturday, 9 July 2016

Book Review- A Broken Man by Akash Verma

A Broken Man - Cover Picture

Book Name: A Broken Man

Author: Akash Verma

Publisher: Sristi Publishers and Distributors

Price: Rs. 195


Take a deep breath before you are born here, my child!

You take birth in a land where i struggled, gave it my sweat and blood. A land that I thought belnged to me... unbridled, uncompromising.

Krishna is a Dalit boy from Bihar who struggles to overthrow the chains that hold him back. Chhavi is a high caste Brahman girl fighting for the rights of others, propagating equality in a politically charged Lucknow University campus. After Krishna saves Chhavi from getting torched during a protest against reservation, love slowly blossoms, only to be ruthlessly crushed by a society that thrives on divisions of caste and religion. From student politics in Lucknow to the interiors of Bihar,from the coridors of power to the Glitz of media and flim industry in Mumbai.

A Broken Man is the quest of a deprived Krishna to redeem hope from despair, love from seperation and success out of repeated failures. From the best selling author of It happened that Night and The Three Times Loser, this is a story that reinforces our faith in what love can accomplish as it pushes us to achieve tha impossible, making us tap our true inner potential.

Story in a nutshell:

A Dalit boy falls in love with a rrich Brahman girl. They confess their love for each other and have a lovey-dovey time together until the very day the girls father learns about them. The girl needs to make a choice. She chooses her father and the boy is left heartbroken.The boy leaves the town and arrives to Mumbai in order to start his life again. Is he successful? Does he forget the girl?


'A Broken Man' appeared to me as the same old wine packed in a new bottle. The overall plot appears to be very common and predictable. Its just a few incidents here and there which adds flavor to this common delicacy. But the story isn't upto that mark. The narration is in third person narrative and is done quite well. The flow of the events have been smooth. There aren't any chances of confusion in readers mind. The story teaches you a few lessons for life. It is inspirational in one way.

  • The cover
  • The small lessons which the story gives you.
  • Krishna's struggle and his success.

I rate:

Cover: 3.5/5
Characters: 3/5
Story: 2/5

My overall rating for A Broken Man is  2.5/5 stars.

This novel is available online. You can buy it here.

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