The Angel Of God by Jyothi Menon – Book review
March 29, 2009 § 17 Comments
Picture from the Author’s site(link at the end).
A pretty ‘warm’ book and a lovely story. Something about it makes you feel comfortable,maybe becuase we Indians already have heard about people,whom she has created . This book would have welcomed more superlative appraisal from me, if not for a few places where the ‘ HR ‘ sticks out.
The story has three main characters , the first one being a underworld don called Moosa . The character is someone who you would like to encounter in real life,in fact you do wonder where are such good , kind hearted people, but then you realize that something is not right and well he is ‘ bastardised by the circumstances’ – his childhood in the world famous Dharawi and the various illegal things he gets into make him into a black sheep,but a sheep never the less.
The second is a character called Bhaskaran who is from an ancient family in Kerala. He grows in a place a close to Dharawi where he happens to meet Moosa during a row. He later goes on to achieve ,thanks to Moosa Bhai’s help.
The third is a orphan called Abubacker,in Khozikode,who , with the help of Moosa become a ‘Muthalali’. The book has vivid descriptions of the illegal businesses both in Kerala and Mumbai. Moosa helps in the making of two men,both different- one educated in MIT(Bhaskaran) and the other educated by experience in the underworld. The book also moves a lot – Kerala,Chennai,Mumbai, Libya,Middle East ,Nagpur etc.
As I said,the book seemed to have bit too much of the HR angel. This being fiction, every paragraph helps in molding the story and the reader being a person who picks up this book from the best seller stand,is bound be at loss,when he is faced with description of running a business,it catches you out ,when at about 1 0r 2 in the morning between a nice story someone talks about business.Also if it were so simple,then everyone would be a entrepenuer . But maybe that is the cynic in me,rather maybe it is a reaction to the fact that a particular part towards the end , seemed to add a certain degree of reality to it and rob it of the ‘cho cho sweet why can’t this be a feel good movie/ wah wah a fairy tale at last’.
I never like to reveal the story,except maybe the main characters,because my belief is that,reading a detailed review,takes away a bit of the charm of reading a book. I would say,read this book,if you want a something light and feel good(there are a few bits of harsh reality,which seeing other stories now days,would make into a fairy tale anyway) .It also gives you an insight into a few places and ways of living(ya well I guess it is better than travel and living). Though I just criticised the HR part,there are a few messages which have been put in with a bit of euphamism which we all can use,when we deal with people( Okay, I am not know for my patience when dealing with certain type of people,so yes,maybe I should learn). I might be over rating this book,but anyway..
Rating – 8/10. Makes a nice little quick read.
Sounds like a mix of Shantaram and White tiger. I should look out for a copy!
quick to read ? 😀 that helps.. will try to find this one 🙂 thanks for suggesting
The book seems to be interesting along with your review…. but me, am more into non fiction these days. Maybe that’s why it takes months for me to finish a book! Anyways its a good idea to do book reviews on your site.
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Hmmm…an Indian Author book…sound like a my kind of book….
But am off the buying spree but will keep an eye for the book…
Nice review 🙂
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how did u do ur exams friend?
will find this book soon 🙂
hmmmmm sounds cool!
hey vish….forgotten em??
Am sorry for not visiting since soooooo loooooonnggggg
Had exams n then this new class ….u knw how it is
How r u doing bro?
Sounds good…I have tym now so I’ll buy a copy sooN!
thanks for that detailed review 😀
will try to get it for sure..if it is a ‘feel good’ book then its for me 😀
look at the dilemna in her comment 😀 😀
Interesting book. Looks like your exams are over.
you are reading THESE kind of books after exams? Tch tch
Go get some Sheldon man!!
Sounds like a simple book and also an Indian author. Will give it a try. My list is long and I don’t know when I will get to everything.
@shivya: haven’t read either of them 😛
@DI lol 😛
@smita: lol 😛
@princess: exams went well 😀
@indyeah: lol yeah 😉