Book Review: Circle of Three (Rohit Gore)

Book:    Circle Of Three
Author:  Rohit Gore
ISBN:     9381841152
Number of Pages: 256

Mr. Rohit Gore grew up in a number of towns in India and has a degree in Engineering and MBA. He loves doing things that can satisfy the creative daemon inside him. Mr. Gore has two national bestsellers on his name, viz. ‘A Darker Dawn’ and ‘Focus, Sam’. Here I have Mr. Gore’s third book called ‘Circle Of three’. At first, I assumed it a coincident that the book contains three in the name, but later as I explored the book, wonder continues.

The Circle of Three is the story of three people who have lost all hope in life. One day, their paths cross and their destinies are forever changed.
Thirteen year old Aryan Khosla has no friends, rarely meets his busy and quarrelling parents, and is tormented by a gang of school bullies. He feels his birth was a mistake and thinks no one would notice if he disappeared from this world.
Thirty-three year old Ria Marathe, a successful scriptwriter, lost her husband and only son in a terrible accident, and later came to know her childhood sweetheart husband was cheating on her for a long time. Faced with a lifetime of misery, she has decided to commit suicide.
Sixty-three year old Rana Rathod, a long forgotten author, has carelessly lived off the trust created by his wealthy family and feels betrayed by his two children who sided with his wife during their brutal divorce thirty years back. He fears he is going to die a bitter man.
Will Aryan lose his childhood to his loneliness? Will Ria lose her life to her tragedy? Will Rana lose his dignity to his past sins?
The Circle of Three is about finding a new beginning in life, of forgiving and ultimately, finding hope.
 Before we talk about the story, first I would like to tell about the cover jacket. ‘Circle of Three’ is probably the only book of recent time that has extremely high-quality paper for jacket and is designed by one of the most popular graphic designer AlexanderKoshelkov. The cover image is indeed intriguing, and one can easily locate it on the shelves of any bookstore. The back blurb is suitably in sync with the cover image and gives a rigorous idea of the plot. However, page quality is bit disappointing and font is too small for low-light reading.
Circle of three’ is a story about three strangers (and coincident continues) who belong to different age and social bracket. First protagonist is Aryan Khosla, a thirteen-year-old lonesome kid who particularly has no one except a bench-mate, Sanjay, at school. His parents are Big-Shots of the today’s world and like many celebrity kids, he too has learned to live alone and cope with his loneliness. In order to keep his existence non-trivial, he has grown beyond his age and always has an almost invisible presence.
Second protagonist is Ria Marathe, a thirty-three-year-old prominent script writer, but now on a self-imposed exile after a tragic death of her husband and only some in a terrible accident. After their demise, she comes to know that her husband was cheating on him and all of a sudden she finds herself of no use and decides to die on her birthday!
To complete the circle, third protagonist is Rana Rathod, once-famous author who wrote twenty nine books that created history, but now, he himself became a history; long forgotten by his readers and publishers. His family abandoned him long back, and bitterness of his heart doesn’t let anyone come near him. He is tech-savvy, thanks to Vinny, a young girl from his apartment building and has twitter, facebook and MySpace connect with his own website that proclaims him as ‘Greatest Author of India’.  (see the end digits of ages)
To start the review first I will talk about Mr. Gore’s narration. When dealing with three parallel stories of three persons, who fall in different age bracket and belong to different social background, it’s really hard to maintain the distinct flavor for each of them, but Mr. Gore done that with a lot ease. Description of events and behavior of characters left me in admiration for Mr. Gore’s amazing narration capabilities. When I read Aryan’s parts, I felt as I am seeing an innocent thirteen-year-old right in front of me. His thoughts, pain, happiness everything is submerged in the story. While on the other side, description of Ria, made me feel the intensity of her loneliness and ache of her heart.  Ranasaheb (as Rana Rathod preferred) gives you a clear picture of how a royal blood of once-kings-now-business-tycoon family will feel after being deserted by his own children. It’s really rare in Indian Literary scenario to see such an impressive narration. However, it’s slow, very slow and in my opinion; ‘Circle of three’ is really not meant to read it in one-go. It needs to be absorbed, from heart and soul and feel the pain and loneliness of the characters.

On the language front, there are almost no grammatical errors, but few spelling and print mistakes do exist, but could be ignored. Mr. Gore has done a commendable job by maintaining the language simple yet captivating. Chapters are structured very well and are full of Mr. Gore’s minute observations that made characters more authentic and almost Real. ‘Circle of three’ is first book that I read the book thrice, instead of my regular read-twice-then-review ideology and never felt story losing its engrossing character. Every time I felt more involvement in the story and perfectly synched chapters made the book wonderful read.

To conclude my review, I must say, by far ‘Circle of three’ is one of the best books by any young Indian Author. It takes you towards the hope and a better life through the stories of loneliness and pain of common people like many of us. The book gives a great message to society and is capable of making anyone see the brighter side of the life. Best thing about the book is that literally anyone can read it, because story is not targeted to any specific age group and it’s clean enough that you can blindly suggest it to anyone. The book is simply flawless in almost every manner. If Mr. Rohit Gore is working on any new project, I’d be looking forward to it with certainly higher expectations.

On a personal Note: I’d like to congratulate Mr. Durjoy Dutta and Mr. Sachin Garg for publishing such an amazing and different book from their publishing house, Grapevine India. I hope; such books will keep coming in future too. And thanks to Naman Kapur, for providing ARC of the book.  

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