Friday, 30 December 2016

Book Review- State vs. Amrit Kumar by Dr. Govind Sharma

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State vs. Amrit Kumar - Book Cover

Book Name: State vs. Amrit Kumar 

Author: Dr. Govind Sharma 

Publisher: Notion Press 

Price: Rs. 199 

Blurb: 

Amrit is an honest and aggressive police officer who is driven by a desire to rid society of criminals. His virtuous campaign is impeded when he is charged with the murder of a man he tried to arrest. Harvard-educated lawyer Sukumar pleads Amrit's bail, and learns interesting details about Amrit's family and friends. He also contests Amrit's friend Ajay's case, and here an abundance of wealth works like a poison in the absence of values. 
Set in the fictional town of Rajapur, the novel tells the story of two generations from 1990 to 2016. There are situations where villains disguise themselves as innocent individuals to take advantage of the unsuspecting nature of credulous people. Advocate Sukumar frequently quotes from Hitopadesh to emphasize the importance of being careful to avoid being deceived by the wolves in sheep's clothing. Will he be able to swing a verdict in Amrit's favor? 

The novel also raises an important issue on the accountability of the police. Are honest police officers justified in overstepping the boundaries of the law for good reasons? 


Story in a nutshell: 

State vs Amrit Kumar is a story of a police officer Amrit Kumar who is held responsible for a crime. He has been honest throughout the years of his service. He has been framed by the corrupt people. Will lawyer Sukumar be successful in helping Amrit Kumar win this battle that life has thrown against him? 


Review: 

Reading about court proceedings have always enthralled me. State vs Amrit Kumar is an amazing story that will leave you spellbound. It has realism which is found missing in novels now-a-days. It has all elements that will make a good movie. 

The story is set in a fictional town of Rajapur. It is divided into parts. The first impression when I started reading this story was a confusing one. I didn't know where the story was taking me. Over time, I was cleared of my confusion and I realised the essence of the story. As the story is divided into parts, the narration is done in third as well as first person narrative. The language is lucid and simple. The fluent narration and a compact storyline keeps the reader hooked onto this story. This novel is fast-paced and the readers will never feel bored at any point of time, throughout the read. 


Merits:
  • The story is not buttered up with those filmy court scenes. There is realism, something I adore this novel for. 
  • I liked the way the author has talked about the research the lawyer does in order to have a clear picture of Amrit's background. 
  • I liked the quotings from Hitopadesh. They seemed like cherries on the cake. 

I rate: 

Cover: 3.5/5 
Characters: 3.5/5 
Story: 4/5 

I rate 'State vs Amrit Kumar' with 4/5 stars.

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