- Author: Captain Rakesh Walia
- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: And All and Writing Geeks; First edition (2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8193669703
- ISBN-13: 978-8193669709
The nation is above everything and nothing could ever be at par with the love for one’s country.
Mohit is a prodigy who is brought in a luxurious atmosphere by his Uncle. Hit by the tragedies, the boy continues to effuse a sparkle that is stubborn enough to not leave him. He is bound to receive success due to his calm and determination. His happiness lies in the monthly visits that he makes to his father in the prison and in the letters he affectionately writes for him. The able guidance of both the elderly men shape his life and future. When his father is out of the jail, free and gay, Mohit asks his father the most important question, “Papa, why did you kill my mother?” And the trail is hit as Captain Rakesh Walia recounts his days of hardships, friendship, struggle, love and the betrayal.
Shaheen Must Die is a neatly written book which is not littered by passionate lovemaking scenes as one would find in abundance in the contemporary novels. This book wraps in itself a riveting tale of a man’s life who was brought up as an orphan and struggles really hard to carve a respectable space for himself in the society. He is overjoyed at finding the love of his life but what if love leaves keep you in the dark? Captain Rakesh Walia displays an honorable courage and sacrifice when he chooses his nation over his love. And that is the point where you realize that why the army men deserve to be revered graciously.
The book has got a natural flow that renders the narrative seamlessly perfect. The language used is up to the mark. The storytelling ability of the author is fabulous however, I can’t term it as an extraordinary one. The ending was quite predictable. As one would go deeper into the story, you would find it resembling the movies or maybe books of good old times. The plotline isn’t fresh and invigorating. What keeps the reader engaged is the narration which is spellbinding. The development of the characters is nice. In addition to it, the essence of hard work, patriotism and overcoming all the obstacles to achieve your goals is highlighted properly.
Coming to the point of the cover, it displays a woman who has a scarf wrapped around her head which is very much like the character Shaheen in the story. It is pretty much okay. The title, however, is indicative of the fact that anyone who becomes a threat to the safety of the nation must die. Anyone who dares to cause harm and wreak havoc upon the nation rightfully deserves a punishment. This could also be inferred when at the end of the story Mohit says, “Shaheen must die.”
The story prepares us to face uncertainties with the equanimity of mind. Change is the only constant in this universe and you may never know what the future holds for you. With the detailed description and characterization of Mohit, the author emphatically says that The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. Such beautiful and powerful messages are delivered wonderfully in a book based on love, patriotism, and treachery.
Nevertheless, I would recommend the author to edit the book once to free it from small errors that have a bad impact on its overall presentation.
If you like to read a fiction mixed with love and light thrill, go for this book.
Book Cover: 3/5
Book Title: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Language and Vocabulary: 4/5
Grammar and Punctuation: 3.5/5