Book Review: A Maverick Heart: Between Love And Life (Ravindra Shukla)

Book: A Maverick Heart: Between Love And Life 
Author: Ravindra Shukla
ISBN: 9789382473008
Publisher: Leadstart Corp
No. of Pages: 383

When you are at peak of something, and quite near to call it an achievement; it's hard to leave it all of a sudden. So here comes an end to my online book reviews. Many reasons I have, but for now I can say it’s because of my joining formalities. No more days of sheer joblessness. I’m proud to say that I gained a lot of respect from the authors, readers and some random people whom I didn’t even know. Never got the tag of being biased, nor been accused to review any book poorly. Quite satisfactory it is. I will keep on writing the reviews, but not as frequently as I used to write earlier.
The last book I chose for the review is “A Maverick Heart: Between Love And Life” by Mr. Ravindra Shukla, an IIT graduate, and is working at IBM in the field of emerging technology & business analytics. He is a member of the prestigious Film Writers Association, Mumbai and lives in San Diago, California with his family.
Before starting my review I’d apologize to the author because of delay in posting the review. It had been quite a busy month for me. First there was launch of my book ‘Uff Ye Emotions’ and then my joining date approached near so had to complete all pending reviews/articles in superhuman speed. And since the book is not on the ‘lighter’ side (383 pages), it became an obvious choice to read at the end of everything. And now I don’t regret my decision, because it’s not meant to read casually. Let us go through the back blurb.
Resonance -
We often use the term, “frequency matching” in our daily life to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page etc?
When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within the same range) come together – output is not a simple sum of individual work, but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit.
Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become close friends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure?
How do their character shape out, as they traverse from an educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the social-political world? Inspired by the real events across the globe from the last decade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story – struggle and triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current socio-eco-political era.
The back blurb is definitely one of the best synopsis on any book I’ve read in recent time. It’s deep, and gives a feeling that this book is not Just Another IIT story. It doesn’t give away much of the story, but yet evokes the mind to think about it. However, the cover quality is really poor. The dark background and small font for title makes it hard to notice on the shelves of bookstores. Also there is no lamination over the cover jacket which reduces the shelf life of the book. After just two reads I found some wrinkles on the jacket. (I’m so protective about the books. It rarely happens with my book.)  
Coming to the story, it’s about three people viz. Richita, Rahul and Neerav; who end up at India’s most prestigious institute, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and embarks a journey that promises a tale of love, friendship, courage, faith, jealousy, revolution, and revelations.  After reading Chetan Bhagat’s R2020, I had a strong urge to read something that could describe the social and political structure in a realistic way, and now I can say I read the book I wanted to. Mr. Shukla’s narration is very unique. He described the common events in a way that I never read before. However, there is an issue with the narration i.e. Mr. Shukla has changed the person quite often. Once the story is in First Person Narration, and all of a sudden it becomes a Third Person narration, which not only break the flow but confuses a lot as well. The captivity of the story is lost at every moment when the person narration is changed.  However the simple language used in the conversations and narration makes it sure that the reader won’t lose the interest in the story.
Mr. Shukla’s language is simple, yet the way he described the events is really commendable. There’s been a huge risk while narrating ‘another’ IIT story, but Mr. Shukla smartly trounced all the obstacles. Certain parts have an unfathomable meaning. One of them is:
 “I can fight with a real problem. But I cannot solve the ignorance. I cannot solve the illusion of your mind.”
This is just a random line from the book, which is a clear depiction of the intellect level of the author. There are no complicated terms, everything is so read that you can relate yourself with the story with a lot of ease.  But there are some issues that need to be resolved. The editing could have been a lot better, because there are a lot of spelling mistakes here and there. Also the pace of narration is like a roller coaster.  It's too fast for a while, then really slow; which is closest to boring. And the length of the book is also a minus point. The book could have been a little shorter if Mr. Shukla had ruled out some ‘stuffed’ events, like a detailed description of cricket matches and so on.
Now, to conclude my review, I’d say that ‘A Maverick Heart’ is a sum of Mr. Shukla’s observations and intentions. And this sum came out on a positive side. The book promises one-of-a-kind reading experience and succeed in standing out of the league of so many IIT/IIM stories. The way Mr. Shukla described the recession in the U.S.A.  and political situation of India, is an evidence of his hold on these issues. The realistic characters, unique narration and intellect of the author makes it a wonderful book. I’d suggest this book to the young generation as well as the people above 35 who wants something more than a materialistic life.  
If Mr. Shukla is working on another project, I look forward to it.
Note to Publisher: Leadstart Corp, you did it again. Congrats for publishing another superb and different story. Please look in to Cover Designs and Editing department. A good cover is as important as a good story.

Happy Reading :) 

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