Saturday, 15 August 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Withering Banyan by Hyma Goparaju

About the Book :-
A well-to-do business family, whose members are torn apart by a turbulent father-son relationship shrouded in mistrust, suspicion, and contempt for one another – a result of the vagaries of the son's mind and its maladies – suffers silently. Well-wishers fear that Badri is suffering from a mental derangement, and is on the brink of wiping away his father, Siveswara's hard-earned fame and fortune. Unaware of the boundless periphery of its affliction, descendants of the five-generation lineage are confounded with an enigmatic and stigmatizing battle of their lifetime which they have to decode and overcome in order to ensure the well-being of the ensuing generations.

About the Author
Hyma Goparaju is a management professional based in Hyderabad. She dabbled quite a lot in creative writing while at school and college, which remained dormant for a long time to come until she took the plunge to pen her first novel, ‘The Withering Banyan’. She hopes to write more.

BOOK REVIEW :-  I got this book from the publisher, in exchange for honest review. 
Its truly a fictional book. I found this book interesting but in some parts of the book its boring . 

The story of my book is themed around schizophrenia, which is a mental disorder often characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize.The illness is not limited  but passes on to the following generations as most mental illnesses are abetted by both environmental and genetic factors, and in the story a hostile environment pushes the disorder further down the family line. The novel progresses from the pre-independence times to the present during which many people in the family.
The book highlights the prevalence of a callous attitude and lack of awareness, both on the part of the society and the government, towards people with any sort of a disability – be it mental or physical – in India.

Badri's parents are against marriage with Swarnamati and despite her best efforts She is unable to convince them.No one is there in need.Life was never the same for her after her father was accidently shot dead by the police.The entire family family had broken apart.Sundar even contemplated leaving his studies to take the responsibilty of house.

The author’s narration style is refreshing and engaging, keeping the readers glued to its pages until the very end.I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book to fiction readers. 

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