Book: I’M NOT TWENTY FOUR…
Author: Sachin Garg
Publisher: Grapevine India Publishers Limited
Year of Release: 2011
I belong to the category of people who are still in doubt as to whether the recent spike in the number of Indian authors and their 100-rupee publications is a good thing or a not-so-good-thing for Indian literature in the quality of the content that it provides to its readers. My reading of Sachin Garg’s ‘I’m Not Twenty Four… I’ve Been Ninteen For Five Years” did not do much to help make my mind on the earlier dilemma.
The book, in first person, narrates the story of a girl Saumya Kapoor, who after her MBA is posted to a small town called Toranagallu in Karnataka, as a manager for a steel plant. The book revolves around how she is completely depressed with her posting, having been brought up in a well to do family in Delhi, how she adjusts to the change in her lifestyle as demanded by a small town, how she copes with the grotesque work that is assigned to her in the Safety Department of the steel plant and as all stories of these kind do, how she finally finds the love of her life. Add a little bit of references to shoes and fashion, a small dose of male bashing, ill-researched mentions of life in a small town, a couple of friends – one is a geek and the other a smart greek-god, a hippie who has travelled the entire world and is a benefactor of the poor in disguise, lot of testosterone filled roving male eyes and one night of passionate sex – and there you have it.
The book does have its pros – it starts off well, the characters are few and well organized, there is very little digression from the original plot and is written in racy English. It is also a very easy read (I completed the entire book in less than five hours). However, it definitely missed out on the content, the research that should have gone into it and quality storytelling. But what mars it most, and that is what I fear about most Indian novels these days, is the fact that there is nothing new or refreshing that it offers.
My Best Part of the book: The cover page. The red stilettos made for a very interesting cover.
My Most Annoying part of the book: The chapter titles. They seem to be there because they had to.
Final Rating: 2/5
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