Title/ Seeking Redemption / Author/ Madhu Vajpayee / Publisher/ Half Baked Beans / Publishing Date/ October 2015 / Length/194 pages / Genre/ Contemporary Fiction
This is the story of Meera Mishra, a new graduate from medical school. Although she is bucking tradition and her mother’s wishes, she is looking forward to starting her professional life. She finds herself getting overlooked for placement first in school then in jobs, when her goverment’s zeal to help minorities, by instituting quota laws, is usurped by those corrupt few who have found a way to work the system. She takes the setbacks in stride yet time and again ends up in the middle of the swirling debate as she supports those closest to her.
The concept of affirmative action is not exclusive to India. It is a hot button issue all over the world and while it seems like a simple fix it is the age old saw of a government needing to protect its most vulnerable citizens while not impeding the rights of the rest of the citizens in the process. Tradition and inertia are hard forces to go against and the true story here is that Meera realize that she herself is important, regardless of the drama surrounding her, and that she find her way and learn to stand on her own.
I have to applaud the amount of technical talk in his novel. It was just enough to add to the story and not so much that the layman would be lost. There were also a lot of really terrific characters in book. Whether one likes them personally or not, they cover a wide range of human traits and emotions and they added greatly to the texture of this story.
This Bookworm awards “Seeking Redemption” 3 Tomes
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review in conjunction with B00k R3vi3w Tours
Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It’s her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste based politics. Her path is crossed by the two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are forever going to change her life. If it is Aman who can challenge her ideals and defy her resolves, and makes her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay’s sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It’s also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.
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About the Author:
When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.
Reviews for the Book:
It was a perfect book and can motivate one. ~ Nidhi Author on Goodreads
Wonder full book.Clearly highlights the current problems faced in India as a result of reservation! ~ Nikhil Dave on Goodreads
It is one of the amazing fiction I have read in the near past. Highly recommended. Cocktail of Corruption, politics and love. ~ Akshay_Tripathi on Amazon
What Madhu does well with this story is to highlight many factors that need change. She brings out facets like reservation. She talks about the more rigid mindset of an Indian family ~ Vinay Leo @ Booworm’s Musings
Thank you for such an encouraging review! I am grateful for your support!!
You are welcome. It was an interesting topic. It generated much discussion around my house.