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This book has a SOUND TRACK !!

With “The Homing Pigeons”, Sid Bahri has touched the hearts of many people who have read this book. A book par excellence for a debutante where he depicted stories of two individuals which eventually entwines itself after series of difficulties and problems they go through. Like the ending of the book specifies; the homing pigeons have an uncanny ability to find their mate.

Photographed by Maulik Doshi

Photographed by Maulik Doshi

 

When I read the synopsis of this book, I though of it as another recession love story where one would get broke by losing a job and then parents would come into picture and the girl would be made to marry someone else and then the protagonists will be back to each other to mark a happy ending and give a successful nod to our infamous stereotypical love stories.

However, one would surely not regret reading this book. Although it has the same plot where one loses the job and comes across a downfall from his marriage life to professional life; actually unprofessional as he is already sacked and in later part of the book, parents do come in between and the girl is forced to marry someone else and then in the end they are together; BUT – it is so well drafted, well drifted and well narrated. Even though you may taste the stereotype, you may never be able to predict what comes your way. I applaud at the narrative skills of Mr. Sid Bahri who has written this story from both the perspectives where stories of two individuals – Aditya Sharma and Radhika Kapila have been shown from their eyes and every time a story from Aditya would come to a halt, somehow in a way, the next chapter which shows Radhika narrating starts from the same point, thus giving you a story to be read but also feel the emotions and viewpoints of both the people.

The story revolves around how Aditya Sharma who always loved Radhika from his college days loses her for he is not settled and is only 22 year old which is young, too young to marry and take additional responsibilities. How Radhika leaves him to marry an NRI, returns back after a drab marriage and love story between them starts again when Aditya’s parents convince him by their emotional blackmail technique. How Aditya hurts Radhika and how she runs away again to marry someone else who is really elder to her but eventually dies within 4-5 years of marriage leaving Radhika a huge estate and how Aditya loses job and has a lifeless marriage ends up meeting someone at the bar who changes his life forever. Simultaneously, the story also revolves around Radhika who loved Aditya since college as well and just when things were going right, her parents make her believe that by marrying, she is only ruining Aditya’s future by siphoning him off with additional responsibilities. How she has an unsuccessful marriage for her heart was always with Aditya, how she returns back and how their love story comes back to track when she suddenly faces a very different and rude and crude behaviour of Aditya. Eventually she runs away and marries of a filthy rich elderly man who eventually dies. How she comes back to Delhi and how she undertakes activity to get back to life unless she meets a girl who after her long cameo in the book, makes her end up to come across Aditya.

The start of the book does grab your attention when ex-banker Aditya becomes a Gigolo (male escort) and the mid part of the story does go into philosophies and realities of life where the author takes care of the sensitive issues and values.  The end of the story is too abrupt and makes you feel that it was unnecessary to spoil at the end, the magic that the book created in all those first 315 pages of 318 page book. There was this one line which I loved, may be because of some personal relativity and would like to publish here:-

I stayed there, locked inside, sweating, unsure of who I was hiding from.”

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DETAILS

Title:- The Homing Pigeons

Author:- Sid Bahri

Publishers:- Srishti Publishers

Price of the book:- Rs. 150/-

ISBN:- 978-93-80349-91-6

Genre:- Fiction (Romance)

Ratings:- 4/5

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Synopsis:-

The Homing Pigeons – Not all love stories are perfect, but then, neither are people.

In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Aditya, a jobless, penniless man meets an attractive stranger in a bar. Little does he know that his life will change forever. 

When Radhika, a young, rich widow, marries off her stepdaughter, little does she know that the freedom she has yearned for is not exactly how she had envisioned it.

They say homing pigeons always come back to their mate, no matter where you leave them on the face of this earth. The Homing Pigeons is the story of love between these two unsuspecting characters as it is of lust, greed, separations, prejudices and crumbling spines.

Lastly, Webastyle has done good justice to the cover and Rishikesh has really composed a beautiful song for the book. 

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