I have been reading a lot of debut authors lately. Some of them are good and most of them are not so good. Not trying to discourage anyone here but after reading some of the books, I felt that writing a book has become a fad more than a passion these days. Still, whenever I pick up a book by a debut author, I keep my prejudices and expectations aside and try and sail through the book and The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri lived up to my expectations in every possible way.
I had the opportunity to go to the book launch of the Homing Pigeons and it was truly one of its kind. The book was launched with its very own music album which was sung and performed by a band called Rishikesh, the band. The songs touched a nerve and stayed with me while I devoured the book overnight.
The best thing about The Homing Pigeons is the structure of the book and the way the stories of Aditya and Radhika, the protagonists of the book have been narrated. The characters have been built right from the beginning till the end, and they have been nurtured with utmost care. I personally felt that the book is quite predictable, the title of the book also gives away what is going to happen in the book, but the ending would definitely take you by surprise. The challenge of such a book where the end is predictable, is how you narrate the events that keeps the reader hooked and The Homing Pigeons sure did excel in this.
Aditya, after losing his job due to recession of 2008 is clueless about what to do and where to go. That's when he meets Divya at one of the bars of Chandigarh and his life takes a U-turn and he starts doing something that he had never imagined in his wildest dreams. Radhika, with a not so stable childhood, stands out and turns herself into a career oriented woman, but succumbs to her parent's wishes and makes a mess of her life.
The way lives of Aditya and Radhika intersect in the book time and again is what kept me hooked to the book. Alternate chapters narrated by Aditya and Radhika made this book gripping and un-put-downable. Though, there were times, when I had to turn a couple of pages back to understand what exactly is happening because the narrative keeps shuttling between past and present. I personally liked the way Radhika's part has been narrated in the book. The emotions have been well expressed through words and you empathize with Radhika.
The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri is a book which is easy to read and is riveting. His writing is simple and relatable. Anyone and everyone can read the book and the best part is the story will make you turn pages, which is what I personally like about a book. It should force you to turn pages. Pick up The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri if you are travelling or as your weekend read, it is worth giving a shot.
Book Source: Publisher; Publisher: Srishti Publishers; Genre: Fiction