Book Review: My Father is a Hero: Nishant Kaushik

My Father is a Hero by Nishant Kaushik is a wonderful story of love and life, dreams and tenacity that will excite all ages and among hard choices, sacrifice, passion and desire will come to a truly amazing final, where come into play a bit of the fantasy component.

The plot all with a bubbly dose of humor and irony will lead us through the daily life of a single father, Vaibhav Kulkarni, whose contented life lies intact in the adore and satisfaction on his ten year old daughter Nisha Kulkarni for her educational brightness, her extraordinary flair with music, or merely her down-to-earth magnetism.

With his daughter showing gifted signs of a stellar success fairy-tale, Vaibhav has made harmony with his individual unreciprocated dreams of the past. Suddenly, however, the fate reshuffle their cards when the girl bafflingly starts losing mojo and spirals into depression and isolation. Vaibhav now faces the toughest ordeal of his life so as to get back his child's confidence and cheerfulness. And just when everything seems to be confusing and complicated something wonderful fills his heart with joy.

The book is intense and moving, and between losses and gains we will see the birth of wonderful love and some not so promising, and we will discover beautiful hidden sides of some characters, and horrible sides of the others. The excitement will rise more and more, together with the irony and inner conflicts. All will be hopelessly distorted, re-evaluated, and you will often find yourself speechless.

The book is bubbly and penetrating with incredible detailed characterization of each character, so well articulated by presenting the reader a realistic as tangible slice of daily life. Nisha is a wonderful character who is sometimes stubborn, irrational, dreamy and tenacious as a teenage girl with a dream in the heart that can be.

The relationship between the father and the daughter will be able to make you laugh and cry, fall in love and then hate some of the characters in the space of a few pages. The style of this author is sharp, hard, and you will be able to feel it on your skin, as it transmits every slightest emotion and does so with disarmingly simple manner.

This is a rich novel with dialogues and also saturated with descriptions of places, things and feelings which are not wordy and, indeed, you will feel involved, perhaps too, the mourning of the protagonists drowned in this sea of memories that will almost never left gasp.

It is not easy to read this novel because in some places it will rip you, too. It will take your heart and you shall return it to shreds as you will not know how to put back the clock to bring it back to what it was before. After the end you will find yourself alone, in the dark, and you will start thinking about the condition, the life that goes on even if you're not ready, of that life, sometimes unfair, and those nasty challenges.

The book is an introspective novel, dramatic, profound and sensitive that exudes the delicate relationship between a father and a daughter, without pity too, and digs in the most hidden recesses to unearth many small forgotten episodes, where Vaibhav and Nisha’s pain becomes your own, where the journey back in time become yours too.

Publisher: Srishti Publishers ○ Published: January 2016 ○ ISBN-13: 978-9382665601 ○ Language: English ○ Binding: Paperback ○ Pages: 208