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A Broken Man Paperback – 31 May 2016
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Krishna is a Dalit boy from Bihar who struggles too overthrow the chains that hold him back. Chhavi is 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. From the bestselling author of It Happened That Night and Three Times Loser, this is a story that reinforces our faith in what love can accomplish as it pushes us to achieve the impossible, making us tap our true inner potential.
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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 : 159 g
- Dimensions : 13.03 x 1.35 x 19.69 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This books is a love story but will route deep inside your heart and will sustain in your mind for a few days. I was so adapted by this story for two days after I read.
This book said the real pain and the struggle which you will be facing when you fall in love with the different caste. The story especially when they split was really felt very painful. The pain of discrimination and society's difference and partiality are said with great pain. The story is really very good and I really appreciate the way the author has taken efforts to take a topic like discrimination. The language is simple and easy to read. I like it.
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
The tearful grand beauty of Krishna and Chhavi's love story is that Krishna is a dalit boy and Chhavvi is a brahmin girl and after a lot of trauma and turmoil's, a lot of trials and tribulations and a lots of ups and downs their love succeeds.
I think that author Akash Verma with his simple, heart touching may heart wrenching and flawless writing succeeds in touching the chords of every reader's heart. Bravo, three cheers thumbs up and congrats for your literary world.
And amidst all this Mr. Akash also succeeds in giving his clear message of success for the down trodden people who are almost look down upon by the high class society.
Go for it guys and grab, beg, borrow or steal your copy but don't miss this beautiful and tearful love story before it goes out of the shelf of Amazon the new messaih of debut, in fact all the authors.
The story was good and well- written. Character development in both the lights, positive and negative have been profoundly taken care of. The back stories of Chhavi and Krishna has been developed well and it kept my interest till the end.
I like this writer. His book, 'It happened that night' had been my companion in the journey from Raigarh to Kota. I had been new to reading. One never forgets the High they get after getting gripped by a book completely. I like how the writer highlights the prejudice and ugly truth of the society so bluntly.
The story about Krishna Kumar, a village boy, who falls in love with Chavvi, a brahmin Girl while in college. This is a teeny cute romance book, that takes u through a roller coaster ride of emotions.
They have that perfect love story, but as it progresses we tend to face the truth of their separation, and all the things that happens to finally have a happy ending.
The narration is smooth and has a strong grip over the plot. I like how the pace progresses with the plot. The language used is simple, with easy to understand language. There's no unnecessary complications in the story. Overall a nice book.
It's a plain story , a bit monotonous. Title is apt because this book radiates pain and shows how broken a person can be.
K.K and his bittersweet past , which shaped him to be the man he is today.
Chhavi is like a breath of fresh air. She has own ideology , a brain of her own.
It's a good story but I couldn't connect to the characters. It doesn't bore you but it doesn't excites the reader either.
It's a good one time read. Something to refresh your mind.