Friday, September 13, 2013

The redeemers by Suresh Taneja

The Redeemers

Paperback:229 pages
Publisher: Leadstart publishing private Ltd
Target audience: Young Adults
Genre: Contemporary fiction

Book Description

One bizarre vacation marked a turning point in the lives of four teenage friends. It dawned upon them that corruption and malpractices had become rampant and deeply ingrained in our culture. They felt anguished and shocked at the shameful state of affairs.

They pledged to redeem and change the destiny of the country. They had only two weeks of vacation left to take some big initiatives. The pressure on them was immense. Status quo or failure was not an option for them.

Read the inspirational story of a unique movement masterminded by youngsters through innovative ideas and creative thinking. Not a single family could escape from its unrelenting onslaught. It was a rewarding outcome for their persistence and hard work, as they nostalgically recall in 2030.

My review

The redeemers by Suresh Taneja depicts the story of four extra-ordinary youths who make India, an exemplary nation to all other nations in a futuristic world, 2030. Not only India has finally got its fame and popularity , now Indians can visit USA with hassle free visas or even without visas and the most amazing part of all is that One rupee is equal to hundred US dollars.

As Indian rupee is falling down day by day against US dollars, this is the kind of book the citizens of India will be very inquisitive to read (and I am sure of it) in order to know what solution is available to make our country corruption free.

Without a doubt, we can say India has now crossed a situation where it can be called beyond the word mess. No wonder, it is also becoming messier and messier than the day before. If each and every Indian thinks going abroad is the only solution to escape from this state of disarray then who is going to save India. This is what the author is trying to explain in detail in his book, The redeemers, which narrates a fascinating success story of four youths Vikram, Yuvi, Manisha and Akshay formerly known as G4 (Gang of four), the sons and daughters of three close friends, Raj,  Vineet and Rahul also called as G3.

These four youths would have remained like any other ordinary youth, until one day, their world of seeing things completely changes upside down after their encounter with a corrupted cop and the following incidents thereafter. The author has done a fabulous job in penning down these characters and the plot in general. They all sounded too realistic, and the way how they show respect to their country they were born by abolishing the wide spread ill practices such as Corruption and various other malpractices revolving around it are very intricate and thought provoking.

Initially, I was fully enthralled by the tough tasks G4 undertook but when the book reached its climax, I felt like the story was just a dream that the author has dreamt of. The reason, it was too good to be real. The book also left me bewildering at some places. This is because his formulation strategy was perfect for the book but in reality, I don’t think it can be implemented that easily. As a fact, people as encouraging and supportive like Zarine are really rare. Another thing that bugged me about the book was that it was written in an overtly tedious manner.

Overall, I would say the book has indeed succeeded in delivering a strong message to all the youngsters like me. The only drawback is that the numerous threats it could pose to their otherwise normal life if they act out like the way the G4 in the book do except moral policing of parents which I find to be flawless.

Rating 4/5

Excerpts from the book

“If the children go to the parents and urge them strongly to disengage them from all these undesirable activities, what do you think their response would be? It is bound to have impact on them and would make them think harder. The persistent stand of the children will bring about the desired change in them.”says Yuvika.

“Honesty is something which is inspired by the environment. Foremost, the government needs to practice honestly. What a lovely surprise it will be to people if say, the Tax Department on its own sends a cheque to the tax payer towards excess tax deposited by mistake or by misrepresentation of law. These things are unheard of today "says Manisha.

“Sir, do you realize how we all are engulfed with corruption and malpractices? The objective is to make money and use the same money to hide the unlawful activities. People have just stopped caring about others. You are happy with the situation because it is presently giving you an opportunity to make money in your work. But it is a double-edged sword. Do you realize that the same system is capable of whacking you so hard that you would start hating the system?” asks Akshay.

Disclaimer I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

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