Author: Suresh Taneja
Publisher: Frog Books
Price: Rs 145
Rating: 4 out of 5
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Summary:(from back cover)
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.
Its is 2030, and India is a super power (wow!!! Now who wouldn't want that), people who played the pivotal role in steering the country to this peak are the protagonist of this novel Redeemers, they are the G4 as they call themselves, comprising of Vikram, Yuvika, Manisha, Akshay ..They are the children of closley knit friends inheriting their friendship and values as a way of life.Its bee customary that as kids they grew up spending their vacation together, a custom that they have kept up..Its during one of such a get together that their story unwinds to their children who like their parents are thick...The story opens upon up in 2030 going back to 2099 back in their parents time the G3 group..
For a person like me who has problem remembering to many characters in a story author has given a family tree in the beginning..As the author refers the protagonists as the G3 as kids were nothing special , they had their happy fun filled moments with their parents with beauty and splendid living every moment, until one vacation when their life turns upside down, The gang G3 stand corruption, and every single downtrodden elements that holds the country back, result they become indispensable and a driving force with media help from Zarine..Close encounters with the PM didn't go that well with me though I would love to see something like that in future...
Taneja's love for the country is evident throughout the book, his dream and aspiration for the country peeps through every dialogue, well then who doesn't wish to see the country in the forefront..Indian Rupee is far low when compared to Kuwait dinar yet it always hit the news when the value of US dollar picks up against Indian rupee , that is the effect of super power, even that is taken into consideration in the story where Indian rupee rises above US dollar.Vikram one of the protagonists is Indian ambassador to US and his press conference though bit overdone is definitely optimistic...Every character stands apart from each other with their own ideologies and thoughts yet they bond together with a common motto and Vikram was my personal favorite..G4's actions though believable and practical they seemed to be too good with no shades of grey...The book has a healthy mix of friendship, love, family values, fun, inspirations..Too often Taneja refers to the gang as G4 or G3 that made me feel that they weren't people, but some robot being referred to...
Today though the generation is fed up with the corruption and social malady they lack the proper direction to fight for, many would prefer to open face book and press the like button rather go out there and fight for it ..Though time isn't far when there would be a time when all that Taneja has dreamed would come true..
The book has a beautiful theme that emphasis on the importance of youth power in nation building..Taneja has weaved in together wonderful instants that makes the reader smile and join hands with the endevour, still it didn't let me jump all about it...Language is simple, narrative appealing it wasn't alluring enough for a five star for me..yet I would recommend this book to every youth for Taneja's sheer gracious step to bring together a tale that has style and substance..