No of pages : 280
Published by : Rupa publications India
Published on 2017
Genre. Fiction YA Adventure Action and Romance
Our life is full of stories and the lessons we learn out of them are plenty. The best advantage of reading novels is that we can come across variety of stories which teach us myriad lessons and this book is no exemption. They help us to mould ourselves and lead a happy life.
Rahul Saxea an NRI from England aged 27, son of a Hindu father and a English Christian mother leaves London , for pursuing a course in Film International for a film career in Mumbai. Once he reaches Mumbai he comes upon David a private taxi driver and Irfan Dongriwalla a tourist guide. Irfan introduces him to Mrs. Perizaad Pestonji shortly known as PP Auntie who gives him accommodation and food as a paying guest in her house.
There starts his journey of life and he tries various odd jobs to earn his livelihood. At last he settles for a peculiar job as a male sex worker. In the meantime he meets Julie Singh in her mid –twenties and her husband Robin a young Sikh couple at Hills Road .All on a sudden two men come and shoot at Robin . Rahul helps Julie to get her husband admitted in the Bandstand General Hospital.
The middle part of the novel covers the meetings of Rahul with his clients and they share their life history with him. Here we come to know many a story and how affluent ladies are longing for just listen to their tales.The social drama takes so many twists and turns and ends with a fitting climax.
ONE ENDURING LESSON is a tale of the undying human spirit of survival against all odds.
So ends the blurb of the novel on the back cover of the book.
Both the title and cover are superb. This is the story of Rahul his personal experiences which include both painful ordeals, actions and adventures. It starts with a fast track and slows down in the middle when he meets his clients . The characters are realistic and we can easily relate to them. The strong plot gets all the support from many subplots .
The story has got all the advantage to include many facets of life and the author has utilized it successfully. The narrator , I e the protagonist, Rahul chronicles his story in his first person voice.
Both the concept and execution are excellent.
I admire the hero of the novel i. e Rahul. He is wise, suave and intelligent. He handles every situation with maturity . He is reasonable and pragmatic.
Important gems of wisdom.
Experience, however is like a comb given to a man when he is bald.
Age gives us wisdom but the same age debilitates our faculties and prepares us for our death.
A life that is not lived passionately isn’t lived fully.
Chapter wise, I like the one captioned Ten Commandments.
I like the fresh and fantabulous language which is lyric and poetic making the book a literary read.
Kudos to Jamal Merchant.The author has crafted a wonderful novel. We can’t say it is his debut novel.I have become his fan due to his writing style and story teller in him . I await his next book.
Readers would definitely find the book entertaining . Due to the adult content this book is not meant for children.I recommend this book for all fiction lovers.You can give a try this blokbuster and enjoy the roller coaster read .
My score : 5/5
Disclaimer : I have received the copy from the author in exchange of my honest and unbiased reveiw.