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From the Publisher
Q & A with Akash Verma, the author of A Broken Man
Akash Verma is an entrepreneur. His work has taken him across the country and he finds this experience very relevant while giving shape to his stories.
Q 1. How would you introduce your book A Broken Man?
A. A Broken Man is the story of love and hope. It is the story of Krishna a Dalit boy from Bihar who struggles to overthrow the chains of caste that hold him back, and Chhavi a high caste Brahman girl fighting for the rights of others, propagating equality in a politically charged Lucknow University campus. After Krishna saves Chhavi from getting torched during a protest against reservation, love slowly blossoms, only to be ruthlessly crushed by a society that thrives on divisions of caste and religion.
From student politics in Lucknow to the interiors of Bihar, from the corridors of power to the glitz of media and the film industry in Mumbai, A Broken Man is the quest of a deprived Krishna to redeem hope from despair, love from separation and success out of repeated failures.
Q 2. Have any of the stories been inspired from real life?
A. Yes, various instances and parts form A Broken Man have been inspired from real life events.
Q 3. As a storyteller, what are your biggest challenges?
A. The biggest challenge for me in writing a story such as A Broken Man were
- Authentic research: To research on the prevalent caste system and then write on the challenges and trials faced by people belonging to the lower caste in a way that aids fiction storytelling was pretty challenging. Also, for A Broken Man since the protagonist was from rural Bihar, I had to spend a few days there to get to know the landscape, the living conditions and the behavior of various castes
- Vivid Characterization: Krishna and Chhavi the two lead characters from the book belong to the two opposite spectrum's of Indian society, Brahmin's and Dalit's. I had to spend a lot of time in creating the right cues for both the characters so that they were differentiated in thought, word and actions. All the while to ensure that the character of the Dalit boy is kept real and devoid of any unnecessary sentimentality.
Q 4. What does the journey from a reader to a writer mean to you?
A. It is an extremely different path to tread. As a reader you are only concerned about yourself. So, the content you are reading needs to be only relevant for you. While as an author you have to take care of millions of readers like you which comes with a humongous challenge and responsibility. So, you have to keep that in mind.
Q 5. Has the story of the book been inspired from any real life events?
A. Yes, this book has been inspired form the Mandal agitation of the 90’s and the University politics which was rooted in smaller cities where I was growing up. A few incidents based in Lucknow University have been borrowed from my real -life.
About the Author
- ASIN : 9382665692
- Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors; First edition (31 May 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9789382665694
- ISBN-13 : 978-9382665694
- Item Weight : 231 g
- Dimensions : 13.03 x 1.35 x 19.69 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #351,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in India on 16 August 2016
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Author: Akash Verma
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
After reading this book I couldn’t help but was tempted to read another one from the author. So I directly jumped into his other book “Three Times Loser”, I didn’t wait to write a review about the book because of the feeling (more specifically and urge) to read another one by the author.
#QOTD : What do you think is more important, social status or money?
“A broken man” is a typical romantic tragic story based in India. Our protagonist Krishna is a hardworking Dalit boy and Chhavi, daughter of a politician, falls in love, but then they are separated on the basis of (Yes you guessed it right) social status. One belonging to a lower class and the other one is from a higher class.
This book brings up two of the very deep rooted flaws in Indian society which are- Political Powers’ exploit and Caste based differentiations. Author was able to highlight the issue from his perspective and it was kind of a typical Bollywood movie plot.
The story is quite adventurous and will keep the reader to stick to the end. And the poems in between is one of the highlights and are pretty good. If you are looking for a typical romance read then this is a go to book.
Now why I had to rush to another book by the author- I myself found it a little incomplete like I was satisfied but not completely, I needed something more and it was missing in this one and decided to read another one by the author because I liked the book but due to this little empty space I felt like reading something more.
Quote of the day: “HIGGINS: Have you no morals, man?
DOOLITTLE [unabashed]: Can’t afford them, Governor. Neither could you if you was as poor as me.”
~George Bernard Shaw
A Broken Man is a story of a dalit boy, Krishna Kumar. The story descibes how a village boy after having faced severe poverty and deprivation from all social status due to his low caste finally turns into a renowned script writer KK. Amidst the ugly university politics,his falling in love with a brahmin girl, Chhavi,who is fighting for the rights of students at the campus, brings a major twist in the story. Chhavi's character in the story depicts the sacrifices a girl has to make just because she's supposed to stay loyal towards the obligations imposed on her in a family. The way she manages to make harsh decisions considering her family at first place and at the same time taking care of Krishna's dreams proves her character to be no less than a role model. The way she changes the destiny of the love of her life, Krishna, is really fascinating. Her character is even more appreciable than the protagonist's. Throughout the book she keeps telling short stories to the protagonist that can infill boost in readers' minds too . In spite of the extreme vicissitudes of life, how one's faith in love can transform a broken man's life is depicted really well. The author has presented the obscure picture of caste based discrimination, unseen limitations under family pressure and a tweak of Indian political drama too.
This book is recommended for those looking for a good read. Just fine for the beginners as the language is formal,clear and convincing.
The story seems fast paced and quite predictable at some points. So,this may not interest a few readers.
However, the writer has done a great job as far as the toggling of the incidents is concerned. This switching gets perplexing many times, leaving readers a bit confused.
The story successfully manifests enough interest among the readers to stay engaged till the end. The story is plain and goes simply flawless leaving a reader more curious about how the story is going to end . And yes ,of course the one thing that proves to be the most intriguing is the poetry skills displayed by the author in this book. Those having a good taste for poetry are also going to love this and that's something different about this book and I personally loved it.
So basically, this book is accomplished to convey a deep message and the author has successfully done it.
Book cover is pretty simple showing only a psychedelic man which may or may not interest a reader much, at first.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Akash Verma is a management graduate and the co-founder of an Advertising Venture. He has worked across the leading companies in the FMCG and media sector. He has a deep interest in music, history and travel. This is his third novel after 'It Happened That Night' and 'Three Times Loser'.