Author – Amitava Kumar
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 265
Publisher – Aleph Book Company
This is not something we just call a book. The story reads more like a painting of an artist drawn by the words in place of colors. It has colors. Colors of love, disappointment, guilt, regret, desire, and dreams. A story in picture and text, anecdote and essays. This is an extraordinary piece of art of literature.
This is a story of Kailash. His friends teasingly call him Kalashnikov or Ak-47 or sometimes just Ak. He is an immigrant who came to New York from India for a better future and eager to shine. He met some wonderful women Jennifer, Nina, Cai-Yan during the time of his college years and his mentor Professor Ehsaan Ali.
The story sounds like more real than fiction. Again and again, I have to ensure that what I am reading is a work of fiction. I felt I was peeping in the life of Kailash and he is very eager to tell me his story which came from the heart and genuine. That’s the beauty of the story, it feels so real and not fiction.
If you are an art lover, you will love this book. The story gives you every reason you are looking for to fall in love with the book. The reader who read or like to read the fine content and not someone who reads only for pleasure or to fill the gap of the days, if you look at the literature as an art then this book is for you.
This is a story of a youth, Kailash and his campus life. This is a story of self-discovery. This is a story of love and lovers. This is a story for you to read and fall in love with it. This book is for the Lovers of literature. The author played exceptionally with words. The story is truly Mesmerizing.
Amitava Kumar is the author of A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna; Home Products, which was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize; and A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, which the New York Times described as a ‘perceptive and soulful….meditation on the global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions’, and received the Page Turner Award. Kumar’s writing has appeared in Caravan, Harper’s, The Guardian New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. His essay ‘Pyre’, first published in Granta, was selected by Jonathan Franzen for Best American Essays 2016. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016. Kumar is a Professor of English at Vassar College.
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