Name– A Knotty Affair
Author– Dhaval Birajdar Jinadatt
Previous Works– 366 Days
Publishers– Frog Books (Leadstart Publishing)
Number of Pages– 227
‘A Knotty Affair’ is a story about a thirty-year-old software engineer, Viraj Sargaokar.
Born into a middle class family that lives in the suburbs, he joins a south Bombay college, where he encounters a culture divide between him and his rich classmates, who ridicule him in various ways, making his college life a hell.
With a father that is a disciplinarian and a professor in the same college, Viraj’s only consolation is his mother. His mother thinks the world of her son and stands by him through all his struggles.
Viraj is fascinated by a classmate Ruhi, a beautiful good-natured girl, who be-friends him and treats him well, unlike the rest of his classmates.
Life changes drastically for Viraj, when his honest professor father is accused of bribery and arrested.
Will Viraj be able to prove his father’s innocence?
Will Viraj survive the rigours of college life and overcome his shortcomings?
Viraj Sargaokar, a man dedicated to his work and family receives a call and his whole past flashes before his eyes in form of Ruhi.
The same girl who had rejected him 14 years ago but doesn’t even recognize him in the present.
But Ruhi wasn’t the only unfortunate memory of his past, his father, his personality, his failure at being able to communicate with everyone and in the end, his stammering.
His father, an honest man was splashed with the mud of dishonesty and Viraj is hell bent on removing those dark memories off his father’s life.
Will he suceed? Will he be united with Ruhi?
The book starts with a present day Viraj narrating his life 14 years ago after his encounter with Ruhi.
Ratings- 1 out of 5 star.
The narration, presentation and method of writing needs real time improvement and work.
The editing has been a faulty job and the author should consider rewriting the book for a second batch of printing.
The language used is quite amateur and needs improvement as well.
The plot has the capability to be good when well-written.
The number of loopholes in the plot are quite considerate and the execution is faulty as well.
The book needs a lot many number of improvements and it will be appreciated if the author considers it.
Reviewed by– Banaja Prakashini