“What is the meaning of life?” It was the most subjective question I had ever asked anyone.
“Depends, dear comrade! For some, it’s feeding the senses; for some, it’s feeding the body: for some, it’s feeding the ego and for some, it’s feeding the soul. If you ask me, it’s all the above and still none.”
— The Surrogate Lies
Name of the Book: The Surrogate Lies
Author: Shantanu Munshi
Genre: Comedy and Adventure
Publication: Half Baked Beans Publishing
A dysfunctional writer, a hyperbole consultant, a Bollywood smitten driver and an over the top mysterious foreign man.
They are strangers on an adventure and strange is their adventure. Their escapades are as serendipitous as life on earth yet their lives are as normal as a morning tea. Still you will laugh, cry, sympathies with them en route to their and yours redemption from the mundane life.
— Synopsis as behind the book.
I didn’t had much expectation for the book but it was a pleasant surprise when I found myself stuck with the book for hours and couldn’t put it down. I’d call it a light and simple read without much tension. The book was at smooth pace and never made me jump or cry out loud though it was full of laughter.
First thing first, the character of Paul who is writing the story, is the character with problems and complains and he met with someone weird who is a professional to solve them. I instantly fell in love with VojuKer Gorey Hazare’s character and his pairing with Paul who is a writer, unsuccessfully trying to complete his book which is everything for him. Yet he is artistically dragged into this adventure by this complete stranger who he met only couple of days ago. When Hazare was trying to drag Paul into the “adventure” I was reminded of Gandalf and Baggins from The Hobbit. Anyways, as strange and weird Hazare was, he was successful to drag Paul to the journey with him which actually became an adventure with the forest of poachers.
The story was not that impressive, it was the writing style which I loved and the characters. As I said before the pace was not very fast making the book a light read yet the mystery part was not much mysterious as the author failed to make it good and a deep mystery. The story actually remind me of Famous Five by Enid Blyton, where they end up in some kind of mystery aka mission on their vacation only these were the grown ups and were not at all looking forward to be involved in anything risky. Paul was, as anyone would have been, was irritated and not interested in starting with Hazare and trip though I love how the author bring them closer and made them friends over a short period of time and without so much of emotional words and drama.
The book was impressively written and and though there were some things overlooked like the castle they visited near the end was supposed be the Nawab’s but there were statues of animals which is not usual of Nawabs.
The title failed to make sense till the very end though I loved the choice of words by author and the way they were written and as I said before the writing style was my favourite all through the book.
Cover: 2/ 5 stars
Writing: 4/5 stars
Story: 2/5 stars
Characters: 4/5 starts
I received the book as my prize from the Instagram giveaway and was requested to post a review after the reading.
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