Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book Review: The Reverse Journey - Vivek Kumar Singh


The Reverse Journey by debutant Vivek Kumar Singh is a docile commentary of the passage of a young chap between home and foreign shores while living a dream life and the manner he works his way when he is eventually faced with a decision to follow his heart or brain.

Written in flashback, the volume takes us from side to side diverse periods of the protagonist’s life, his college days, new profession and movement to foreign lands and so on. The tome is a little more than an effortless story-telling with enlightening passages contrasting the Indian traditions with the Western customs.

The tale is about the decision of a young man who like most of us is struck, while looking into his future prospects in foreign shores, keeping in mind the emotional seclusion that he will have to countenance. The mind wants contentment in India and to belong to a realm where he has been born and brought up, to be encircled by his family, acquaintances and folks who knows and adores him for what he is and who are like him, but his brain wants wealth, refuge of a career in the alien shores, the sensation of wanting everything and being endowed with as well.

He is emotionally constrained to join the pursuit to the pinnacle for most of his associates are relocating to the dreamland USA and he experiences loneliness with tedium setting in and ultimately chooses to do what his associates have been undertaking and follow the rat race while landing up in the American shores.

However, after attaining the desired echelon of professional hierarchy in a top consultancy firm his spirit starts overpowering the brain, while grasping that something is amiss and wealth is not the retort to all his entreaties. Thus begins his quandary to go back or not and at long last chooses to come back to India while realising that true elation is in the nous of belonging.

His associates daunt his budge and so do his parents but he has made his mind and thus embark on his reverse passage. The protagonist prefers the motherland bursting with systemic deficiencies over an equipped foreign location known for the place of material dreams.

The writing is firm and is a smooth read, where the words in the tome kept simple, so as to wallop the true feelings, devoid of any ostentatious expressions to fetter the spirit. The description is eloquent with crisply plotted proceedings giving the volume an absorbing tap and allowing readers a pleasing read.

This plainly crafted yarn is stimulating while exploring profound into the minds of Indians staying overseas or who moved overseas after living for a ample time in India and bring about feelings that are covert subterranean in the Indian consciousness.

The volume has not only conveyed the precise sentiments but also has managed to keep a very effortless approach to the tome and is a concoction of gauche plot points, wincing dialogues and clunky evolutions, but what at length manages to live with you is the facet with which the writer has penned down the infinitesimal minutiae about living away from the realm, fiddling to the new mores while fleetingly overlooking your own.

To sum it up, Vivek Kumar Singh positions up a much distinct vision in abut of us that it is not truly glowing out there and nonetheless you may possibly be living a cosy life out there but it can by no means be your abode. The yarn has incarcerated fresh facets which bestows it a hue of bonding that makes the book appealing. The premise of the volume is something which makes the tome stand apart.

The Reverse Journey by Vivek Kumar Singh is no astonishing tale where you anticipate incredible exposures but is an account of a bloke who is naive than sensible and the one who goes against the brook only to comprehend where his mind lies. It is a stimulating volume and crafts a few significant points about brain-drain and living away from India and the disenchantment that many young people visage post touching out of the land.

Hundreds of skilled middle-class men scamper in the direction of the greatly elegant Western lands to live a life they had forever revered about. They have a dwelling, a sedan to show off, fancier attire and life a few can barely envision of boasting but it all comes at a price of spending their life in seclusion in a territory thousands of miles away from home.

The tome is a meek and earnest endeavour by a writer who has observed the complete clamour of deciding between right and wrong and we sense the measly reality from the narrative of a man who has been there and done that while feeling disenchanted with the so called alluring western life.

The protagonist’s shape of mind appositely connotes the intricacies of Indian émigrés for whom working abroad is like trance coming true but once they land in foreign places, all of a sudden an edifying barrenness keeps them stirring on the way to the newly found life. The book enquires our intents and how allured we get as Indians to hustle to a land that is utterly unlike from ours.

The volume does not have a inimitable connive neither will it make you shoot out of your deliberation course or make you reflect in a different way but it will indubitably make you think. The novelist manages to arrest the minute wads of life out of the country, which you can recount to them at individual intensities.

Folks who have established themselves overseas or have returned back will certainly recount to the tome and the sentiments in it and is a plain yarn about wanting to be in the right place and fit in with the rest of the throng.


Title: The Reverse Journey | Author: Vivek Kumar Singh | ISBN: 9789381115350 | Binding: Paperback | Published: 2011 | Publisher: Leadstart | Pages: 124 | Language: English
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