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Farther | Chaitanya Desale | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Notion Press; 1st edition (6 July 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 448 pages

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A story of love, loss, grief, ambition, envy, regrets, Farther, by Chaitanya Desale is an emotional tale of a troubled father. The story flits between a husband who is dealing with his immense loss and a father who is trying to keep his daughter happy.

Manbir lost her wife, Nivia, to a grave accident. After this, he is left alone to take care of his daughter, Ruhi. The young girl is unaware of her mother’s demise and Manbir cannot take a chance to communicate Nivia’s death to their daughter. After much brooding, he comes up with a novel idea to fill the void left behind by Nivia.

Farther aptly describes what a single parent goes through to raise their child. The story starts with a sweet vibe and progresses slowly before introducing us to the central theme. It further dives into the everyday struggles of Manbir while juggling between a demanding job and Ruhi.

As a debut work, Farther performs well in terms of lucid writing and coherent narrative. However, I felt the book needed editing to remove unnecessary details and make it less of a drag. The polished narrative would have ended up making this book more enjoyable to read.

Additionally, I really liked how the concept of AI is incorporated into the book. It is interesting to note how Desale bridges the typical family life and science and society. But for once, a crisper presentation with a taut storyline might have lent a clearer perspective to Farther.

Purchase your copy of this heartwarming book!

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