Book Review: Multitudes of Ripples

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Title:  The Multitudes of Ripples

Author:  Vaachakmitra

Pages: 276 pages

Plot: The novel is a first person narrative of an entrepreneur who struggles to make sense of his life. He reconstructs his memory while recuperating from a nervous breakdown. The distortion in his narrative is not only the manifestation of psychopathology of his mind but also an exploration of human values. The novel demonstrates how optimism incorporates meaningful semantics even in the face of psychopathology. The dualism of hope and pathos creates a touch of absurd, almost reminiscent of Kafka and Camus

About the Author: The author is a research scientist by training. He is a technical consultant who works in an advisory capacity to the pharmaceutical industry. He specializes in intellectual property, technology up gradation and information technology. He is a science writer specializing in theoretical and philosophical foundations of modern scientific thought.

Thoughts: The book is a tale of a person who is trying to make sense out of his life. The narration is in the first person and more autobiographical in nature. The story unveils in-detailed incidents that take place in the life of the protagonist right from childhood and then on.

The plot is based in Mumbai and the city of ‘Mohmayi’ which is a parallel universe created in the author’s imagination. Our protagonist seemingly has alter egos, Manas in Mumbai and Nachiket in Mohmayi. The story efficiently highlights the psychological and philosophical state of a person who has lost a loved one and the emotional turmoil.

The cover and the blurb itself were intruding enough to make me pick this book, but I was a little disappointed with the slow pace and excessive detailing of the story. The book could have been much crisper enough to hold the readers interest till the end.

Ratings: 3/5

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