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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review: The Redeemers by Suresh Taneja

Publication Year: 2013
Published By: Frog Books
Pages: 229 in paperback
Source: A copy sent by Author

Synopsis

One bizarre vacation marked a turning point in the lives of four teenage friends. It dawned upon them that corruption and malpractices had become rampant and deeply ingrained in our culture. They felt anguished and shocked at the shameful state of affairs. 
They pledged to redeem and change the destiny of the country. They had only two weeks of vacation left to take some big initiatives. The pressure on them was immense. Status quo or failure was not an option for them. Read the inspirational story of a unique movement masterminded by youngsters through innovative ideas and creative thinking. Not a single family could escape from its unrelenting onslaught. It was a rewarding outcome for their persistence and hard work, as they nostalgically recall in 2030.


My Thoughts

[Though the book was provided by author to me, all the views and thoughts mentioned here are mine and are impartial. And I am thankful to Mr. Suresh Taneja for giving me an opportunity to read this book] :)

I had never heard about this book until the author- Suresh Taneja contacted me for a review request. As soon as I read the blurb I did some 'googling' and came to a conclusion that I HAVE to read it. Now you may ask Why?- Why Not??? The topic is of universal concern and this book is addressing the most disturbing and alarming topic- the CORRUPTION which has been like a long term contagious sickness and has been incurable for decades and this book (as blurb says) boasts of suggesting its much illusive cure.

STORY: Gang of Four Friends - G4, as they like to call them- enjoying and planning their two week vacation during the year 2009 - are normal teenagers who love to stay together and play pranks for fun. But on one such evening filled with their pranks, while returning home, a cop tries to frame their uncle to demand ransom. A few more similar incidents make them aware of the ugly realities of their country. Instead of shrugging their shoulders and walking off, as we all normally do, they choose to fight – a fight till finish…. till they free their beloved country from all malpractices. And they embark on a Journey where there is no looking back.
India becomes a Superpower in the year 2030 and generously helps erstwhile superpower USA in all possible ways. It is a vacation time for G4 and they narrate to their kids the fascinating tale of their journey in transforming the country.

My Views: When I took up this book I was excited to read it and thought I wouldn't be sleeping the whole night (that is what I do when I enjoy a book very much) but I was disappointed with the starting. I felt that the first chapter where India was shown as a superpower was too much to believe and there were a few other unrealistic incidents too. Though thoughts of closing the book did cross my mind, thankfully I was persuaded by my friend to continue. The book came to life in the third chapter when the events leading to 'The evening' started taking place and I was completely taken into the book. However, after reading the book, I understood the importance of the initial chapters which were important for introduction, character building and to give insight of present (year 2030) situation in the book. 
I loved how G4 chalked out their plan and their team work was awesome. The steps that they took made me think ‘Why can't I do that?’ It all seemed practical and doable; I honestly felt that if we - The Youth of our Country – really take it in our hands then we can make India Corruption free.
Though there were instances where book drags for a while, its uniqueness is in offering simple and creative ideas. It makes us think and makes us ask questions. I really think that every youngster who is not satisfied with the system or wants to bring a change must read this book. After reading this book I am looking forward to read more books on such topics.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5.


About the Author:

Suresh Taneja is a chartered accountant by profession and is looking after the financial affairs of a listed company. He published his first book ‘We can pull it off’ in 2008. This book is an improved and complete version of his earlier book. Suresh aspires for maximum readership of the book, particularly by children and youth. Suresh strongly feels that the youth need to play a leading role in shaping up the future of our country which presently is plagued with alarming proportions of corruption, malpractices and declining moral values. The intent behind this book is to kindle a sense of awareness amongst the youngsters on their possible role, encouraging them to be creative in finding solutions and inspiring them to translate their thoughts into action.

Suresh writes regularly to express himself on a variety of issues. His writings are generally inspired by his life experiences and some keen observations. Suresh does not wish to confine himself to issue based books only; he is keen to experiment with different genres and capitalize on his knack for storytelling. 

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