Book Review: Legacy: Mohan Prasad

Legacy by Mohan Prasad  is set in post Independent India, and weaves together the stories of go-getting rustic young people from Bihar Darshan, Anita and their son Subhash, with a beautiful novel about their life, who faces hardships in India with its history the canvas on which the author build the story and the characters and historical events seen and experienced through the eyes, the mind and feelings of a beautiful author.

Darshan, proud inhabitant of a colourful village, is stirred to leave his bold hostel life to join the student movement of 1975 under the hothead Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan. He cascade in love with his free-spirited senior Anita who give up education on JP s death to discover Bihar.

Shocked by the painful Sikh riots and hurt by his father’s demise, Darshan finds a guide in a swami alleged to be Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as destiny turns Anita into a Naxal strategist, but the mature love sparks again while fierce communal events keep shocking India.

Anita forsakes the world of Maoist hostility and two-faced social culture, sending their five-year-old son Subhash away, who tries to grasp his parent’s lives and unfulfilled ideas while a tired yet hopeful Darshan entrusts the wand of social revolt to the next generation.

The book is an interesting historical and social reconstruction of a complex India and articulated in terms of social and anthropological issues. The protagonists, tough and adept at surviving in very difficult situations, demonstrate opportunism is not always pleasant and agreeable.

The protagonists reinvent themselves several times, until finally they understand who they really are. Their initial innocence is blown away by the cruel fate and then throws in a world of destruction as each change in their life, until their life takes, finally, an unexpected turn. This book shows how we can emerge from the most desperate situations, through courage, inner strength, and abilities.

Set between 1960 and 1990, the book immerses us in an India, with its injustices and discrimination, socio-political issues which are the backdrop to a fascinating story while the protagonists grows and struggle for survival, and winds through oppression, and will to fight. The point of view of the protagonists opens new perspectives to which we are not used and deserves a commendation, a book in itself intense, enjoyable and easier to read.

The very fluid and engaging book albeit fictional manages to get into the complex Indian situation that is recommended to those who want to learn a bit of history without losing the pleasure of reading a sensitive and romantic story and the contradictions between the people divided by caste and religious orientation.

A book enjoyable, readable, with a fairy tale of a family through a few phases of their lives in the background of an India, with its contradictions, rules, castes, religions, ethnic backgrounds, characters. But above all, a book that tells of colours of the India of the last half of the twentieth century where history and fiction intertwine nicely.

In this novel there is a bit of everything romance, adventure and a hint of history, just what it takes to understand the context in which the characters move with a wonderful story of life, love, struggles with a story of suffering, social disadvantage, discrimination, but also of love and strong and loyal feelings that can change lives and the world.

A book that is worth reading as also interesting from the historical point of view with an exciting book full of emotions, leaving the desire to know India by stimulating interest and curiosity to a country more complex, varied, rich and cruel.

Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Leadstart ♥ Pages: 334 ♥ Published: June 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9384027636