Book Review: A Broken Man - Akash Verma

A Broken Man by Akash Verma, the author of It Happened That Night and Three Times Loser is the quest of a Dalit boy and a high caste Brahmin girl, whose love is crushed by a society that thrives on divisions of caste and religion, to redeem hope from despair, love from separation and get success out of repeated failures.

This novel tells the story of love between Krishna, a Dalit boy from Bihar saves Chhavi, a high caste girl propagating equality and fighting for the rights of others from getting torched during a protest against reservation in a politically charged Lucknow University campus.

Between the two, love sets in right away and immediately a beautiful relationship develops and soon become inseparable spending the entire time together telling each other their dreams. But the unexpected cruel fate leads them to separate and follow different paths.

Thus begins this novel of love, alive and passionate, with real characters, good and bad, happy and sad just like in life, from student politics in Lucknow to the interiors of Bihar, from the corridors of power to the glitz of media and the film industry in Mumbai. After a long time, the two find themselves together as Krishna reads a letter by Chhavi, who lived in the shadow of an undeserving and unkind husband, who passed away.

Finally, when, Krishna realizes that something in him moves and, for the first time in a long, long time, and feels the need to stay by her side, as the truths get revealed and they both fall in love once again, so they spend a period of time together, rediscovering the pleasure of being close to each other and love is capable of changing everything. That love between Krishna and Chhavi is the one that everyone dreams, a pure love, overwhelming, and so rare to come across.

From the day they meet, begins an adventure made of tough choices, complicated journeys and uncomfortable confessions with a beautiful and painful adventure and unbelievable ending with the most bittersweet romantic of epilogs.

It’s impossible to define this book in a comprehensive way as it is not a simple romance and yet it is all of these things put together and even more. It is a deep and magical story that has few answers to the questions that the reader is placed, but wins because of its outlined nature that leaves much room for personal interpretation. It’s a journey that opens the heart and mind, that excites and entertains and that involves as few books can do.

And well, then, that by reading this book we do not expect final clarifiers, philosophical and metaphysical explanations about the nature of the hero or an iron logic on which the plot is based. It is an experience that must be lived without preconceptions and leaves its mark thanks to its particular hybrid nature.

The author manages to create a special empathy between the reader and the protagonists and this empathy grows in each chapter. Krishna and Chhavi are not the classic lovers but they are much more than that. They have to deal with all kinds of joy and discomfort, every kind of existence and difficulties.

Some too picky readers might say that the sentiment that Krishna has for Chhavi is too intense and maybe a little justified. But sometimes in life, you do not need a real reason to indulge in sentiment. Sometimes you just feel the need to love, to change course, to be who you are. And Krishna wants to be happy, wants to wake up and know that he can see the girl who has awakened him from the torpor in which he lived, and he wants to donate joy to those who donated to him.

It is a romantic book, mind you. But we cannot say that it is only this. Of course, everything revolves around the love that the protagonists feel for each other, love that will make unexpected follies and untold sacrifices, but there's more. There is acceptance, surrender the struggle for affirmation of individuality and an infinite number of different views to get lost, the life stories in which to meet and to learn something.

The author knows how to chain the reader to their pages while not providing the answers that you would expect or revelations that someone might want until the end. The ending is just perfect, open yet conclusive, with the bitter end of something in favor of the birth of something else.

This timeless book by the dramatic traits is one of the most beautiful and engaging stories that I found myself reading. In my opinion, it is one of the best novels in the romantic drama genre, with the text composed in a simple way that is engaging.

This book is wonderful, pure poetry with a story that goes straight to the heart, which wins and moves. I love the way the author writes and tells stories, as he always manages to transport the reader in the book and do wander through the pages as if being the protagonist of the novel.

The author has created one of the most beautiful love stories ever read, one of the love stories we all dream of and want to live. He described all the feelings that exist, love, passion, pain, sadness, disappointment, abandonment, discovery. I highly recommend you read this book and to get involved and enveloped by this story!

I miss almost the words to describe this book. Devouring the contents, the more you immerse yourself in a breath in all respects in memory of Krishna and Chhavi's faded memories, theirs is a moving story that touches the strings of the soul, which runs the paths of the heart that hypnotize with passion and tenderness, holding the reader glued to its pages.

This is an intense story, a real story that not much differs from the stories of many men and many women. There is a strong love that even time, distance, space, and society cannot destroy with an indelible and a lasting love.

Publisher: Srishti Publishers ○ Published: May 2016 ○ ISBN-13: 978-9382665700 ○ Language: English ○ Binding: Paperback ○ Pages: 185