The Muddy River – By P.A. Krishnan.
A Book Review
In contrast to the books I had read recently, this book by P.A.Krishnan was a different book all together. Not because it failed to grab attention of the reader but its beautiful narrative made it an interesting read.
The story is set in the background of burning North-east, ravaged by Naxals, where kidnapping and murders have become daily chores. At the same time, our so-called Navratnas are neck-deep in corruption.
This is a story of Chandran. A man who has promised to protect one of his colleagues from the clutches of naxals. The ways and means he applies to meet his ends against many more obstacles right from his own organization, who is ready to dump his engineer colleague to save some penny for the greedy babus, to the Local government and its setup.The muddy river , as the name suggests, is all about the vices the country is facing today, be it corruption, naxalism, kidnapping and murder.
Each character in the story is unique. Let me introduce you to few of them:-
– Sukanya, Chandran’s wife, is grieving for the loss of their only child and their marriage is on the verge of collapse. Despite all this she encourages Chandran to continue is fight against corruption.
– Anupama, Chandran’s colleague at Assam, is anti naxal and supports Chandran in his mission.
– Raman, one of chandran’s friend who is more interested in girls and their love & lust. His death is another twist in the tale.
– Herbert & Subir, Chandra’s friends who support him on his narrative.
The most amazing part of the book is its narrative. It’s a book within the book. The story begins with Sukanya grieving for Pooja’ loss. And the story goes into flashback and the scene is “ Chandran and Raman doing some chitchat”. Then follows Chandran’s courtship with Sukanya. Pooja is present for a brief period when the ever enthusiast persuades Raman and Pooja for a trip to Himalayas. After pooja’s death everything in their life goes haywire. While Sukanya is fighting at the home front to salvage their marriage, Chandran is fighting at all fronts. Kidnapped colleague on hand, Adverse boss on the other and the grieving Mrs. Gosh on the third. Things become nasty when company refuses to pay the ransom but Chandran keeps his calm and continues his effort to rescue his kidnapped colleague. During the narrative chandran’s Ghandian aspect beacons, putting forth the never-dying importance of Non- Violence in Indian Society against all evils. The book is very apt in these times when the country is following the footsteps of Anna. Do good for the country and countrymen. For they say:
“if you have been exceptionally good during your lifetime, the spirit, on the last day, escapes through brahmarandhara, the top of the skull. On the other hand, if you have been a shit all along, the spirit too follows shit’s path and goes out of your arsehole.”
The story beams up when a new bird is to be welcomed in Chandran’s house and even in Mrs. Ghosh. But ”Picture is yet to complete , My friend”.
The reader shall be engrossed in the story which is spell bounding and keeps readers guessing till very last page.
Author: P A krishnan
Genre: Political Fiction
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