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A Man with a White Shadow | Vikram Suryawanshi | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Readers Meet Publications (1 January 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 221 pages

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“Living a life without an aim is the only way to live happily, for we are never completely happy until we achieve our ambition, and become completely clueless if we achieve it.”

A Man with a White Shadow by Vikram Suryawanshi is contemporary fiction with philosophical underpinnings. It starts with Lord Ganesha expressing his desire to land on Earth and eradicate all the wrong and negativity prevalent on the planet. On other hand, we see three boys born around the same time – twins Karan and Arjun, and their friend, Rutwik.

This story alternates between the two worlds and majorly focuses on how the three men go about living their lives. Their choices fashion their path, their aspirations influence their lives as well as those of others. It is interesting to see how over time, their thoughts change and shape each others’ perspectives as well.

While I thought it might be a regular story set around friendships, family values, and relationships, it was a lot more interesting. What makes it fascinating is how philosophy slips in between the evolution of characters and sheds light on some important topics such as discrimination, humanity, aspirations, life’s purpose, etc.

I was quite impressed with some enlightening ideas that left me thinking hard. At certain points, I had no choice but to stop reading and reflect on things. That’s how wonderfully the story is woven and narrated. It was a thoroughly immersive experience for me to read A man with a White Shadow.

While dealing with a widely known complex subject, philosophy, the author has masterfully chosen an easy writing style to better connect with readers. While the three main characters get enough room to present themselves, I did feel some were left behind abruptly.

Each bit of the story, be it characters or their changing nature or their environment, everything comes up naturally in the due course of the book. This being the author’s debut novel fairs well in terms of narrative, world-building and theme.

Certainly recommended to those interested in philosophy and are just beginners to venture in that area.

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