The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran

aaI was listening to Radio One, Delhi in the morning, when I heard Chris talking to Lavanya Sankaran about her new novel, The Hope Factory and how she wrote it. She mentioned that she would set her playlist to suit the character she was writing about. I ordered both her books together and finished reading The Red Carpet before I started on this book.

This story is set in Bangalore and is about Anand, who owns Cauvery Auto, a factory which makes parts for the automotive factory and about Kamala, his family’s maid.

Anand is the son of middle class parents, whose father does not have anything to do with his money but he still sends some money to his mother for her to lead a comfortable life. He is married to Vidya, the daughter of Ruby and Harry Chinappa, who belong to the richer section of the society. They have two children, a 14 year old daughter, Valmika and a 7 year old son, Vyas. The relationship he shares with his children is very special; they consider him more of a friend.

Anand and his employees are waiting for a foreign delegation to strike a deal with them so that his financial problems lessen. He also requires ten acres of land to expand the business for which he consults his friend Vinayak, who sends a property dealer to him. His father-in-law also tries to help him in procuring the land. He then gets entangled in His marriage gets into trouble because of his father-in-law.

Kamala, a maid in Anand’s house, lives in a rented one room house with her son Narayan. She wants her son to be a successful and rich man. She tries to keep him away from bad company and also inculcate good habits in him. Anand helps her with her son’s education. Her landlord wants her to vacate the room and she tries to raise money so that she can stay there for her son’s studies.

This book shows the societal differences between the haves and have nots.

The author has introduced characters like Harry Chinappa suddenly, and then later we realize that he is Anand’s father-in-law. The foul language used in the book is unnecessary and looks as if it was added just to spice up the book.

When I started the book, it took me around twenty pages to connect with it, but after that it was like, wherever I got the chance, I would sit down and start reading it. I feel a sequel could follow this book.

I enjoyed this book very much, and would recommend it.

Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Tinder Press/ Hachette India

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