‘The Homing Pigeons’ by Sid Bahri
Posted by wanderlustathome
I was grinning with glee as I read Margaret Atwood echoing my sentiments in her ‘Curious Pursuits‘ (sounds quite pompous, I know, but then what the heck!)
“I don’t review books I don’t like, although to do so would doubtless be amusing for the Ms Hyde side of me and entertaining for the more malicious class of reader. But either the book is really bad, in which case no one should review it, or it’s good but not my cup of tea, in which case someone else should review it.”
But then, when you have willingly agreed to review a book, one has to set aside certain principles and go ahead and do what you are supposed to.
Readers Cosmos reached out sometime back and asked whether I would be interested in reviewing this book by new author Sid Bahri. As usual, I jumped at the offer, anything…well, almost anything, for a free book is my motto. Little did I know this would be the second disappointment in a row.
Aditya and Radhika are childhood sweethearts who meet , greet and separate at different points in their lives. As the curtains go up, its been a year since Aditya has lost his job to recession and he has just drunk his last rupee down his drains. Radhika, who is just 31 (or is it 33, anyway), is found marrying off her step daughter so that she can finally be free of her super rich dead husband’s ‘will’ful diktats. The story goes up and down between the two lover’s lives, from childhood, school, work , (college part is negligible since the two aren’t anywhere nearby during that phase), two marriages, a miscarriage, a divorce, a widowhood and so on and so forth. The title obviously tells you how this is all going to end.
The story line sounded interesting and the most of the reviews said ‘fabulous’, so I was expecting a riveting tale that would just not hold but grip my attention. The reality, was another story altogether.
The chapters alternated between the two protagonist’s lives. To give the author credit where it is due, the book held my interest till about the first one third part. Then , chapters started getting shorter and stopping like the episodes of a saas bahu serial – nothing much and a feeling of what the heck!
Radhika’s life especially sounded too far fetched, what with being born after two boys, then being adopted, returned back, loved, married, divorced, jilted, married again, widowed, massaged… 😉
Verdict – Will not recommend to those who love lovely tales told beautifully, even if they are my enemies