Sunday, 20 November 2016

Book Review: Blemishing the odds by Harish Penumarthi

Blemishing the odds - Book Cover

Book Name: Blemishing the odds 

Author: Harish Penumarthi 

Publisher: Half Baked Beans 


Say hello to Raghav, an immature, insensitive person who is apathetic about everyone else except himself. His life revolves around his parents and his friends. He is among the bad books of all his Teachers. Until one day, when Trisha, a new entrant; mesmerizes him at the very first glance. He finds a friend, savior, nurturer and an inamorata in her. Just when he thinks that everything has been set out in a picture perfect manner, life throws a series of ghastly surprises at him. Will he change for good or stick to his immature stand of "My Life, my rules" and screw it all up? This tale journeys across all the ups and downs a student could possibly encounter. The transformations that a student may endure, the courage and guts one needs to have in order to dodge all predicaments and eventually sketch the perfect end to all his agonies. 


I remember telling my grandmother to narrate to me the stories of her childhood. I was always to hear them from her. 'Blemishing the odds' is one such tale. It will make you nostalgic in the case if you are a parent and excited in the case you are a child. The story will make you visit your school days. 

The story is centered around the protagonist, Raghav. He is a spoilt brat. He doesn't study and is never in good books with his teachers. A new girl, Trisha, enters his school and his life. This proves to be a turning point. There will be many of you who will relate to both the characters. The story is an inspiring one. The pace of the story is average. There are many instances in the story where you'll laugh and a few where you'll shed a tear. The story is a tapestry of varied emotions. It will make you believe that not everything in life is permanent. And that destiny is pre-written. 

There are a few things which this story teaches you. 
  • Never give up. 
  • Jealousy is part and parcel of relationships. 

  • The innocence. 

(These are my thoughts.) 
  • The story dates back to the times of Kuch Kuch Hota Hain i.e. 1990s. I wonder whether PG owners during those times allowed accommodations to guys and girls to stay together. Secondly, I wonder whether love couple during those times indulged in PDA. 

I rate: 
Cover: 2.5/5 
Characters: 3/5 
Story: 3/5 

I rate 'Blemishing the odds' with 3/5 stars.

You can buy your copies on Amazon.

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