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It Just Required One Step by Saif Israr – Book Review

  • Author: Saif Israr
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Paperback:¬†250 pages
  • Publisher:¬†Evincepub Publishing; 1 edition (30 October 2019)

BLURB as on Goodreads

Samar is a law student at Hastings University, Allahabad. Anubhav is the vice president of Hastings University Students Union. Arun Thakur is the contender for presidential elections. Nupur Shrivastava is a BE student who lives on her terms. Samar starts loving Nupur. He starts taking the help of union politics to win her love.

What are the consequences? How Arun lands in jail? How Samar is nabbed for a murder? What happened to the story growing between Samar and Nupur. All the questions will be answered in the novel, “It Just Required One Step”. A story of friends, love, and politics.

My Review

Indian politics is infamous for its rash nature and irresponsible demeanor. The political system of our country rests on the corruption and malice towards caste and religion. Politics making its way into the reputed Universities of India is not new and this fact underscores the plot of this book.

It Just Required One Step by Saif Israr is a contemporary political drama infused with one-sided love, friendship, family, betrayal, and ambition for power. Samar is the protagonist of the book who took admission in a law college for his graduation. There he meets his old friend Girish, a brat Sharma, his sweetheart Nupur, and one of his good friends Arun. As much as he wants to distance himself from the murkiness of politics, he gets drawn towards it magnetically. Amidst this, he falls in love with Nupur who loves someone else. The story goes on to reveal the political gimmicks and how deeply entrenched the thirst for power is in our minds. How Samar’s life would go forward? Read on.

I really liked the subject the author has taken to discuss in the book. It takes courage and understanding to portray such sensitive topics and he had done a fairly good job. The characters were sketched well and the simple writing made it an enjoyable reading experience. The portrayal of Samar’s relation with his family especially his father seemed raw and real. The political aspect of the book came out pretty decently and my heart goes out for the students who get trapped in such malpractices. On a side note, the government must do something to keep political influence away from the institutions of education.

What I disliked was the ending of the book and the overuse of certain language which didn’t go well with me. The ending, though connected well with the cover, didn’t create an impact. It was vague and unsatisfying for me. To add to this, the book does lack good editing and I would strongly suggest the author go for it.

It’s a book that has an important subject at its core but I would have liked it more if it was explored and expressed well.


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