Book Review: Daredreamers by Kartik Sharma & Ravi Nirmal Sharma
Author: Kartik Sharma & Ravi Nirmal Sharma
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
‘Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.’
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fate is that inevitable event that happens to you in spite of all your plans. I once read somewhere that our mind perceives things in two different ways- realities (the way things are) and values (the way things should be). The constant bout between the mind and the heart often sets the alarm bells ringing for us. ‘Daredreams’ is bold, brilliant and dramatic. It is surprising how well this book treasures a truckload of action and drama.
With a humorous approach, the story addresses a very serious issue of identity crisis. Using the character of ‘Rasiq’ to draw attention to this problem that most of the youngsters face, the author (s) weaves a tale of adventure, thrill, mystery and revenge. Beautifully crafted characters and exemplary narration help make the story a breezy read. As the story begins introducing us to Rasiq’s astute personality, we are reminded of Chetan Bhagat in real life- an IIT-IIM graduate who looks forward to becoming a part of the corporate crowd. However, Rasiq’s life as an investment banker is very short-lived, for he decides to break free from the shackles of mundane norms. While brooding about his next step, he ignores his relationship and the sentiments of his parents as well.
They say that one finds a light bulb moment when one is exposed to a situation that demands immediate action. When Rasiq escapes the jaws of death with a close shave, he has his light bulb moment and decides to start a business that aims at providing immediate aid to the ones in need. He collates his friends from different fields and they all embark on this new journey. The rest of the story narrates their turbulent expedition that includes villains, failures and narrow escapes too!
At times, the story is predictable. Nevertheless, the book exposes us to the harsh reality of life. It explores the ‘crab mentality’ of people who try to pull down others in order to climb the ladder of success. Rupa does a wonderful job with the cover and the print.
Best wishes to the author!
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