Review : A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life by Ravindra Shukla

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Title : A Maverick Heart
Tag line : Between Love and Life
Author : Ravindra Shukla
Publisher: Leadstart Publications
Pages: 383 paperback
Genre: Fiction
Release: 2012
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Received review copy from The Readers Cosmos

Resonance -  We often use the term, “frequency matching” in our daily life to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page etc? When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within the same range) come together – output is not a simple sum of individual work, but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit. Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become close friends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure? How do their character shape out, as they traverse from an educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the social-political world? Inspired by the real events across the globe from the last decade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story – struggle and triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current socio-eco-political era.

I hope you read the summary of the book above and noticed the word 'Resonance', I guess most of us are well acquainted with that word but the author Mr.Shukla presented it on a different platter, that word got my attention and in-spite of being 400 pages book of fiction genre it held it's charm (Though I have read books more than 800 pages but those are fantasy, my favorite genre). Though I have not been able to read books quite often, my reading speed has come down to 2 books a month because of the tight schedule (And I love reading hence it is a bit disheartening for me) Alright coming back to the story, I would say a pleasent cover would have been better, seeing a thick book with this cover makes one reluctant and please don't judge this book by the cover, story is better. 

This is a story an engineer can easily relate to, or anyone who is career oriented yet have core believes in Love. It's about three friends who came close in IIT Bombay (Yes that heavenly place every engineer dreams to be in) from IIT B they took up to 'Wall Street'. But it is not that simple. It is about making the big decision, between what your heart craves and what life demands or rather you demand from life. It is about how somewhere down the race of earning Dollars, perusing our dreams we lose connections with our once best-friends, it is about how society underestimates others, how the shine of Dollars matters the most to the society, it is about learning that what seems are not always true. People change with time and time is never the same.  

The part of IIT campus life in book is quite exhilarating, the description and writing takes you there, on the grounds, sports fields, classes and well.. it just takes you to Powai. The three protagonists are Richita, Rahul and Neerav. All three are charming esteemed students of IIT, Where Richita is a typical Indian girl, when I say typical I mean an Indian girl of this generation who knows how to fly and achieve by keeping her morals intact. I liked that about her as it was easy to relate with her thought process, she is that girl who does not and will not disappoint her parents. She likes sports and studies but somewhere down the road she fell in love with Rahul, a nice rather not so worldly boy, he has high values and is more focused in inner satisfaction by betterment of the society rather than earning dollars. He is a strong character. The third star is Neerav, you can call him the hunk with brains in the group, he is charming. Now that Rachita and Rahul a couple, he isn't the third wheel but good friends with both, specially Richita.

When family comes into the picture, it either make or break things, here Richita's family choose another guy Deepak for Richita, Deepak is this hot-shot perfect NRI, Wall street Millionaire and Richita's parents believe that Deepak will be best suited for Richita not Rahul because Rahul had a bad fall which disturbed his whole career and his plannings.

They say a lonely broken heart has immense power and energy, and Rahul is left with that after Richita left, he channeled his complete energy not in earning Dollars but for the betterment of the society addressing corruption and other black sides and is in bad terms with politicians.

There in USA, Richita isn't living a fairy tale, Neerav is having highs and lows of life and Rahul whom everyone believes is wasting his talent is growing strong? Will he grow strong and prove everyone wrong, will Richita leave her unsatisfied rather stressful marriage and have her fairy tale with Rahul? Will Neerav get in touch with his once best friends? There are so many questions but I can't tell you the answers :), this book can.

Where I liked the backbone of the book, the lessons and the scenario it presented, I had tad bit problem with editing, there were parts where I skimmed through paragraphs. Sometimes the story was from Author's POV or sometimes Rahul's, that confused me at some points but apart from that I liked it. It may seem like 'Five point someone' but it was different, I would say this book had more morals :D :D.

All in all a good read and certainly gives something to ponder upon.

If you rob too much from one person, it becomes murder. If you steal little by little, it looks like business. Steal a penny from each person, call it service charge and you will be a millionaire. The volume makes a difference.~  Page 313 


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Ravindra Shukla is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He has been working in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms – PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai. His interest includes – writing fiction, literature and movie scripts apart from sports, movie and travelling across the globe.


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