- Author: Chaitanya Salvi
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (30 November 2019)
- Language: English
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Viraj is a young, passionate and famous scientist. He is on a quest to uncover the mystery of human existence. He meets the beautiful girl of his dreams. It seems that he is in total control of his life. But fate doesn’t concur with him. He is banished into exile, announces a faceless voice. The days in exile are destined for him to suffer in the unbearable pain. Will he be able to survive the exile? Will they live happily ever after? Is the exile even real or an illusion? Viraj will not stop until he finds all the answers.
The Return Journey is the story of Viraj who is on a mission to uncover the evolution of human existence. He represents a person who shares a deep insight into the philosophy and has an interest in knowing more about human existence. He is keen on discovering the past but wants to keep the future untouched. The book describes his quest, his love interest, the conflicts between astrology and modern beliefs, and moves on to touch upon the philosophical concepts such as existentialism.
The writing was simple and smooth. I really didn’t find any verbose narration which made it easy to finish the book in a single sitting. I liked the first half of the book more than the latter half because there I found the story going astray. Well to be honest. the book displayed immense potential but it failed to attain its purpose. The theme of the book remained vague to me until the end. The narrative seemed scattered because of the improper treatment of the plot and subplot. I couldn’t connect them, find any reason behind having them, in the first place. Although I appreciate the philosophical aspect of the book, I would have liked it more if it was elaborated. I was really hoping something out of it but I was disappointed. Also, toward the latter half of the book, it lost crispness in its editing which reflects in the typos and uninteresting climax. Whatever the beginning promised, the end actually didn’t deliver it.
It might make up a good one time read for beginners but I would still suggest the author work on developing a strong plotline.
MY RATING: 2/ 5
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