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#equations = like family, but not quite
❤I loved it!!
More than the story, it’s the “execution ” that I totally adored. The reading experience & the insight i gained was precious.
■ Around 200 pgs (13 chapters), the entire read is divided into two parts. Fast paced & a quick read, it is capable of being read in a single sitting.
■ Layered. The story has quite a few characters, but each is properly sketched & given indepth analysis & it’s totally worth it! Each character tells you quite a few life lessons & takes you through some emotional & some pragmatic, experiences & decisions..forming an important part, no matter how small, of the story.
■ I understood, “equations” here as a metaphor for relationships/ position/ power. How it changes, when the relative variables change, is interesting to note.. The varying ‘power dynamics ‘ keeps the reader on the edge, all the time..
■ It is penned in changing timelines..starting with 2016, going back to 1980’s..the 1990’s..2013..but the shift is smooth & the flow, easy to get along.
■ The story is about two kids, Aahan Sikand, son of the master of the house & Rajesh Kumar, son of the servant. The read captures the change in power, stature, relationships..w.r.t time..from the beginning, when they are kids..till the end, when they are in their thirties..
In the process, it encompasses a handful of characters & they join the journey, effortlessly. At a point, I did feel the story is going offtrack with too much space being given to supporting characters but then, it all amalgamated together perfectly.
■ The location is Delhi..The Sikand house was acquired in 1946..during partition.. The way, Aahan’s grandfather establishes himself, thereafter is interesting to note.. Aahan & his sisters were the pampered kids of the house while, Rajesh was just a sidekick, called for as & when required.. The madam of the house, Aahan’s mom is a snobbish woman.. Rajesh & his parents are loyal servants of the house..
Here, it’s worthy to note, how Rajesh was always grateful for what he got..always eager to learn his lessons..tough life lessons..how his mother always kept him grounded & demarcated his boundaries.. In the meanwhile Aahan became a dependent brat, his father went astray which caused his mom to lose herself in alcohol completely..the daughters got married off..& then his father moved out with his 2nd wife. Aahan being the legal heir was given majority of the property but he couldn’t make hay while the sun shined.. on the other hand, Rajesh stepped up the status ladder, gradually picking up small opportunities smartly..
I really found the character of Rajesh, his wife Sana, Aahan’s stepmother Nooriya..very very interesting. They are smart, pragmatic people, humans who know how to exploit an opportunity to the most. They certainly gave some important life lessons.
The story ends at the same point, from where it had begun, the Sikand house & it gave a perfect closure to the entire read.
■ Time well spent reading this book. Definitely looking forth to reading more work from this fab debutant author.
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