Alumni Of The Year by Tomson Robert – Book Review

  • Author: Tomson Robert
  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (19 July 2019)
  • Language: English


Dave is ambitious, has a demanding boss, and is struggling to balance work and life, especially the relationship with his five-year-old daughter. Dave cherishes the memories of his school days. However, due to an incident from the past, he hardly keeps in touch with his best friends. When Dave learns that his arch-rival from school is nominated for the prestigious Alumni of the Year Competition, he buys his way into the nomination by donating to the school library.
Travel on a life-changing journey with Dave—from Dubai to Goa, to Kochi—as he goes for the School Reunion function. See how he confronts his past, his ambitions, his fears, and discovers about what truly matters in life.

My Review

Alumni of the Year is a trip down the memory lane of our childhood. It is also an accurate representation of the machine we human beings are becoming today. It rightly explains that what we remember when we grow old are moments and not accolades.

The book begins ‘in another universe.’ That was truly mindblowing. Dave is working as a consultant at JW Associates in Dubai and is working his off to get the promotion. In his race to grab the senior position, he hardly spends time with his wife and daughter. He gets no time to return his father’s calls. A completely mechanistic being, Dave has no faith in God. This book is about his tryst with faith. His journey to identify with the truth of the Almighty is what forms the core of the book. It is also about a man’s realization that you can’t have everything every time. No competition would ever be big enough to define you and your happiness. So, relax and live!

The smooth narration and simple writing style make it easy for anyone to read this book. Also, the characters and their struggles with their equations with themselves and others seem real. They correctly symbolize true human behavior and their idiosyncracies. Dave’s journey from an atheist to a believer might not count as something out of the world but it felt having substance. This book is closer to our realities. The title and the cover did full justice to the storyline where Dave is held by his chains (work,  promotion, hatred, competition) underwater. As he breaks down in front of his father, I could totally immerse in his pain all because that situation mirrored our lives. Aren’t we all too busy running that we forget to acknowledge that it’s hurting?

Overall, the book is short and crisp and could be read for a light reading experience.




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