Thursday, November 25, 2010

Book Review : We Can Pull It Off...

Title : We Can Pull It Off…
Author : Suresh Taneja
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing
ISBN : 978-93-80154-69-5

The book starts in the year 2030 and India is the most prosperous and powerful country in the whole world. The three friends of the famous group of 4 - G4 (Vikram, Yuvika, Manisha and Akshay) are going to Washington DC with their families to meet their fourth friend. When the families get together, their children coax them to share their childhood memories and experiences with them.

The story goes back to the year 2009. The parents of G4 were childhood friends and the families used to spend their vacation together but one such vacation of 2009 turned out to be quite eventful. During the first few days of the holidays, they experienced some very shocking incidents when they came face to face with abysmal levels of moral values of the people and the extent to which corruption had extended its poisonous fangs in the society. This made them ponder over their own situation as citizens of India, the country's condition and where this whole system was leading the country to. They were deeply affected and decided to do whatever they could to at least create a ripple in the society which was otherwise in deep slumber.

With excellent creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills they come up with a winner of the solutions and take the initiative to work towards making a corruption free nation. With the support of some good Samaritans like the principal of their school and the reporter Varsha Dutt, they are able to transform their small effort to mass movement. Their master plan is to first influence and impress upon the younger generation about the doomed future that awaits us if nothing is changed. Once the children lend their support and commitment to this movement, the children would work with G4 to cleanse the society by questioning the dubious means of money-making adopted by their own parents. The parents obviously cannot ignore their own children, so this self check process at every home would surely work wonders in eradicating the corruption from the very roots of it.

At the times as these when we see corruption taking epidemic proportion in our society, this book comes as a breath of fresh air. Suresh gives a brief glimpse of the monstrous problem by bringing the famous incidents in the narrative like Satyam's farce and money flashing by the elected members of the parliament in the sacred place of democracy.
I liked some very useful points emphasized in the book - 'Education is the only solution to the problems as widespread as terrorism'. 'Everything is possible by going back to the basics - amenable good old ways of building moral values.'
But by the end of the book, it comes across as a feel good story which only manages to scrape through the surface and fails to dig deeper than what is already known. The plot is good but lacks in believability of the same.
Found repetition of some phrases and words a lot of times which makes the narration a little drab. I always feel that if a book suffers from grammatical and spelling mistakes, the natural flow gets disrupted. So it is extremely important to have tight editing in order to get rid of such spoilers from the book.

Overall an interesting read. The passion and sincerity of the author gets conveyed beautifully through the story. I appreciate his effort to contribute in his own unique way by encouraging and motivating the young minds in a positive fashion.

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