Release Date: December 30, 2015
Publisher: Benaka Books Bank
Available on: Amazon.in
This is not a Heros's Journey!
Each character plays the protagonist for his or her own story arch and when all their independent accounts begin to intertwine a grand narrative of 24 hours unfolds which only the reader will truly understand.
I started working on this novel while I was an Engineering student myself. Having spent 4 years in the city of Mangalore, I had ample time to study it well and augment this fictional world around it for a storyline.
However, saying that the story does have a singular central plot will not be accurate as the narrative strike you depending on which aspect of human behavior affects you the most. Is it socio-ethnic conflicts? Is it an intrinsic personal conflict? Or is it the interrogation of one's belief system of morality?
To put it all in a single sentence:
Actions or intentions are never right or wrong; however, our perception of the same are!
Who are we to judge the right and wrong for a third person if we haven't seen circumstances from their perspectives? To take it a notch higher, what is right and wrong, to begin with? The sense of moral - where does it come from? Things can only be wrong if they are held against the law or an overseeing doctrine. Considering that every phenomenon in this Universe occurs naturally with a beginning and an end, nothing can actually be wrong, only unfavorable with a point of reference, isn't it?
I intended to stitch together a story using first-person narratives of multiple characters and demonstrate how a single event can have multiple perceptions given the difference in the way each character got to witness the unfolding of events to go alongside the difference in the background of each individual narrating his or her account.
Indian Social Communities, small or big, many of whom on most occasions are ethnocentric, the upcoming generation of young students as well as the general civilians who would like to relinquish any discussions on daily life philosophy.
Although mostly written in Indian English, there are some instances where one might find the use of a few Hindi words outside fewer still words from, Kannada and Tulu which happen to be the two of the most widely spoken languages in Mangalore. Although their use in the novel had reasons to be criticized, the intention of making socio-cultural references and connecting with the locals of the city pushed them into publication.
The following is a mapping of the major characters in the novel, arranged into 4 groups.
Apart from the characters having a higher significance of association with respect to one another, each box puts these characters into a group that represents an important aspect of the overall story.
(From top to bottom)
Box 1. Carefree, a search for little joys in life.
Box 2. Ambitions, cover-ups, a search for satisfaction
Box 3. Lower Class Society, a search for better standards of living.
Box 4. People with Power, Social Welfare, a search for truth
The Comedians who always get into trouble
The surprisingly Brave who makes tough choices when it matters the most
Pretentiously Tough but hides Unexpressed Emotions
the Sidekick unaware of Self Significance
A hot head out for Vengence
The student antagonist with a broken SelfImage
A troublemaker who triggers the conflict, ending up with no recollection of what transpired later on.
Apparent Fool, actual Exemplar
A goon with a strong sense of Morale
The hero with Superficial Control over things
A kid unaware of the impending dangers who has blind faith in his elder brother
Here are a few chapters straight from the book. The abstract depicts the style in which the narrative accounts have been sequenced in accordance with the time of their respective occurrences.