This story has heart and truth. There are problems around this world some do not want to acknowledge or cannot accept. The reason for this, it is not their problem. I love how the author kept true to what was happening around that time and not paint a different picture. The pacing was decent for this type of story and could hold my interest.
We see this story through the eyes of Raghav. It starts out with him being a seven-year-old up to a young man. Life is hard in general, but for a child, it is harder. As a young child, Raghav went through things he should have never had to do. He lost the one parent who could have steered him in a different direction. The other was a tragedy that haunted him for most of his young life. As a reader, you can feel the emotions Raghav expresses throughout this story and this made him a great character.
The rest of the characters are just as well written. The emotions from the father and sister read through just as much as Raghav. Each character holds their part well in moving the story forward. The different lives each character holds, shows the way life was in the area they represented.
The story is told in set in Bombay in 1992 and in Mumbai in 2012. For this type of story, the setting was told well enough to get the jist of what the world is like around Raghav. I do like the fact the author did not “pretty” it up. The setting felt real as it should. I wish the author could have given us more, but that is me and it could have slowed the story too much.
This story was a great read. It helps open one’s eyes to see there are problems within this world outside of one’s bubble. Sometimes one takes for granted for what others do not have. I would recommend this book if you like coming-of-age fiction, true events, urban drama, and fiction.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion.
I give this book a 4/5
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