Title: A Maverick Heart : Between Love and Life
Author: Ravindra Shukla
Publisher: Frog Books
This is the story of three friends, Richita, Rahul & Neerav. Their lives converge at IIT Mumbai where they forge a relationship of life time only to take different directions in life & eventually come together for a purpose which changes them for life.
Rahul, is a brilliant student who falls in love with Richita dreams a great life with her but when it comes to choose between love &country/ society he goes in for the latter. A little idealistic in life he sacrifices his education, money & love for the betterment of society.
Richita comes from an affluent background and supports Rahuls’ endeavours. However due to circumstances she Is forced to choose between her love & family and the decision that she takes changes her life forever.
Neerav comes from a wealthy background and knows what he wants from life. Nobody expects much from him as he his parents business to fall back upon and that is why he surprises everyone by carving an identity for himself.
The book charts the journey of these three characters, of how they discover themselves, do mistakes, learn from them and then take a path that has never been taken by anyone. They break the stereotypes, struggle with the system and come out shining. How they do it is best read.
I was apprehensive reading this book because I have had enough of IIT IIM books but then the author persuaded me that his book was much beyond the campus stories and I decided to give him a benefit of doubt.
True to his words the book is much more than a campus book. Covering a large span of time the book refers to many real time incidents like recession & the current anti-corruption protests and the author has cleverly woven the story around them.
What matters the most about the book is its good intention, it shows you a path that despite being educated from the best institutes you can give back to the society in more forms than one. The book is high on emotional quotient and questions our heavy appetite for materialistic things. On all these count the makes a mark.
But I had a major issue with the editing of the book. I honestly believe that 20% of it can easily be chopped off to make it a better, crisper & smarter book. The shoddy editing makes the book slow & there are quite a few incidents that are unnecessary incidents which hamper the narrative.
Do read this book if you been through recession or you feel you can do something for the society but don’t know how to do it.
My Rating 3/5
2.5 for the book 0.5 for the intention of the author.