The book, Dancing With Demons by Nidhie Sharma, revolves around the hidden inner demons which drive the protagonist.
The book begins with Karan Pratap Singh, a contender for the super heavy weight category, boxing in the ring. Suddenly, he sees someone among the spectators, someone from his childhood, reacts by hitting his opponent brutally and things change for the worst- he is banned from boxing for four years, much to the disappointment of his mentor and coach, Jerry. Coach or Jerry Sir, as he is called, took Karan under his training when Karan was a nine year old boy, feeling lost in the boarding school.
Four years later, Karan, 28, moves around with Madan Bhalla, who broke away from Jerry’s close team, is forever losing jobs courtesy his actions. He is lucky that he has his uncle’s apartment in Bandra where he can live but in order to make his ends meet he gets into different ways of earning his money. Madan finds him a paying guest who is ready to pay one year’s rent upfront but what Karan has not bargained for is that the PG is a young girl.
Sonia Kapoor, 28, has a secret and is hiding from the world. She pays the rent upfront as she is happy that the landlord is not asking any questions about the source of money. She looks for a job in a departmental store where she can hide among many faces till her past catches up with her. She has an obsession for cleanliness and changes Karan’s pigsty into a house
Karan wants to come back into the mainstream boxing and is trying very hard that Coach forgives him and takes him back under his wing but when Jerry does so, Karan is attacked and is almost dead. Sonia takes him to the hospital with Madan’s help and saves him but the doctor tells them to take it easy.
An interesting plot with life like characters. The chapters are short and the flow is good making it difficult for me to keep the book down. The author has described the emotions of all the characters vety well even the feelings of the secondary characters. She has researched into boxing in details and used the technical terms very well. I loved Jerry Sir’s character the most.
It is definitely a must read. Highly recommended.
Publisher: Harlequin India
Disclaimer: I received a free paperback of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.