Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Book Review: Chameleons

Book: Chameleons - The story of ever changing human nature

Author: Sanket Ghag

ISBN: 978-93-82473-43-5

Publisher: Frog Books

Number of pages : 207

Mr. Sanket Ghag, born Piscean, is a happy-go-lucky guy since his childhood who never bothered about what lay ahead in the future; he lives in the own dream world Studies being his last priority, he is a drop-out by choice in his last years of graduation from Bhavanas College as he wanted to chase his film dreams. But on the persistent pressure from parents he studied Interior Design at Rachana Sansad and worked as an Interior Designer and joined L S Raheja Film and television to chase his dream and is now working in the Hindi Film Industry as an Assistant Art Director. Sanket loves writing and photography and wants to become a filmmaker.

The back blurb says:

What would happen to you, if someone you loved madly left you without giving you a reason? What would you do if your business, which is running smoothly, turns into a bumpy hell ride? And a friend, whom you looked up to, turns his back when you needed him the most? The last resort you look to is your mother, who comforts you in your crisis, but she too pushes you to the extreme.

Situations like these brings out the true inner self of a person; some change themselves to adapt to the situation like chameleons, some fight back and change the situation.

Sunny is entangled in such situations. Standing on a six inch thick parapet wall of a four-storied building, he is looking out for a solution, and life flashes back to Sunny. Will Sunny find the solution? Will he become a chameleon or will he jump off?

Before I start with the story let me tell you about the cover page of the book. The cover page, designed by Mishta Roy itself is of high quality, colourful, looks lucrative and can easily be spot in any shelves or book stores.

Chameleons’ is a tale of varying temperament of the individuals who acts weird on different circumstances. The story revolves around a colourless, unsuccessful Interior designer who always trusted every one blindly. The story swings from his present to past. The present deals about his business life, the past deals about his love life and both are interconnected in one way or the other. In most of the chapters he has compared his present and the past on similar situation showing the positive and negative of the situations. It is a story about love, friendship, relatives and trust. The story clearly portrays the different colour of the people under different circumstances and Mr. Ghag has explained every situation well and clean.

When I read from Sunny point of view I saw a defeated interior designer in front of me. His thoughts, pain and happiness everything is submerged in this story left me in admirations for Mr. Ghag’s narrating capabilities. The past life or Sunny’s love life was very interesting when compared to the present. Though Natasha comes a little in the story she turned out to be my favourite character with her sarcastic talks. The love scenes are realistic and triggers Goosebumps. The only thing I felt from his past life is he could have done the break-up part better. He made me to laugh, turned me sad and felt pity.

The present part is quite slow but it has got more to do with the story. This is the part where he explains and experiences different colours of the people and how they change to be in a safer position. Once he is in the tough situation he understands those friends with whom he lost contact after college only helps and those who were connected with him runs away. Sunny’s mother who had been yelling at him from the beginning turns out to be the supportive mother at the end, with all her love and solves his financial issues. His Dad turns to be the commander when Sunny is in low and guides Sunny and his brother in the right path to success.

Every character has got a role to be done and it looks complete at the end. Once when he is back to the regular life he gets call from his lost love and solves her problem. The way he ended the story without showing pity turns out to be realistic and the art in the last page is excellent. On the language front there are few spelling and print mistakes do exist which could be solved by a little rework. The usage of words is excellent and the sentences are well structured. Hindi has been used in few places and at the same time it has been translated too which makes the book to read by anyone who knows English.

To sum-up my review, I must say, ‘Chameleons’ is one of the good books by any young Indian author. It shows various natures of the human nature and takes you towards hope and betterment of life. The book gives great message and is not targeted to any specific group. It is clean enough that you can suggest to anyone. If Mr. Sanket Ghag is working on any new project, I’d be looking forward to it with higher expectations. I rate 4 star for this book. I wish Sanket ghag all the best for his future and I hope to see him as a film maker.

You can buy the book from Flipkart or Homshope18

Happy Reading :-)

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