I received the book The path is the Way by Mohit Badoni as a review copy from the publisher, Become Shakespeare and would like to thank them for the same. This book is the story of Captain Vijay Amrit Raj Sharma of the Rajputana Rifles.
Vijay Amrit Raj Sharma, a young Indian Army Officer is critically injured in a cordon and search operation, Struggling between life and death, he recalls the lessons that life and his grandfather have taught him. The young officer survives his gunshot wound only to find out that he has survived to pay back for his sins.
Embarking on a journey to find a way to wash away his sins, Vijay discovers love, friendship, passion, greed, despair and finally, hope.
Like a flowing river, The path itself becomes the way with an invisible world manifesting itself in the visible world to grasp the mysteries of human morality and the quest of redemption.
The books starts with Vijay travelling in an ambulance to the nearest hospital. He has been injured in an ambush by the terrorist’s bullet despite wearing a bulletproof jacket and is struggling for life. The doctor tells him that if he wants to live, he needs to stay awake and for that he needs to keep talking. And Vijay starts talking about himself.
Brought up by his grandfather, a poor temple priest, after the death of his parents, Vijay has been educated in the best schools in Mussoorie. He talks about his friend in school and the lessons he learnt from his grandfather and his friends in college, Philip and Radha. They are permanent fixtures of his life until he loses his grandfather and then Philip and Radha. He appears for various entrances and gets selected in the Indian Military Academy and then joins the Indian Army. Then the book comes back to the present, after he survives the gun-shot, he decides to quit. Then the books revolves around his conscious pinching him.
The story has been told in a very simple language. The book has been divided in two parts. The first part is the flashback when he starts relating the story of his life to the doctor and the second part is post recovery. The story has been written in first person from Vijay’s point of view. I felt that the editing is faulty at times like a few spelling mistakes, Radha’s description popping up in the middle without any reference and some punctuation.
Overall, an introspective book.
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Publisher: Become Shakespeare