NUMBER OF PAGES: 185
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer, Mohan Deep as a part of TBC book tours. He was also kind enough to send me a signed note. Thanks guys!
Color Me Rich by Mohan Deep is story a typical story of a struggling artist. The protagonist, Akash, is a talented yet struggling artist.
The art market in India is strictly for the elitists. If you have the money, you might as well sell your paintings and make more money. Talent of course, is a primitive requirement only. This sad state of affairs does offer a huge scope to be fictionalized isn’t it? This writer has capitalized well on the struggles of an artist’s life. Our protagonist, Akash, is a struggling artist who marries the rich and beautiful Zenobia. She gives him the much needed financial boost to sell his paintings. Things are all rosy between the pair until Zenobia starts suspecting Akash of having an extra marital affair. Things turn bitter and she jumps off her plush apartment. Did she really jump? Or does Akash have blood in his hands? Read on!
The narration alternated between past and present. This was initially uncomfortable but improved as the story progressed. The language however was highly disturbing as there were a lot Hindi/Marathi words infused. This simply ended up breaking my flow of reading. Though I am proficient in Hindi, alternating between two languages is a pain especially if one language is transliterated. The story as such was predictable until the climax. The climax however reminded me of another book with a similar protagonist – ‘Seppuku’ By Vinod Bhardwaj. Of course, that book had an entirely different story line, just that the ending was eerily similar. One other qualm that I have is of Suma’s character. She was a vital character of the plot, yet her character seemed a bit shallow and bleak when compared to Zenobia’s and that of Akash’s. Barring the above mentioned things, I found the book to be a pleasurable and interesting read which was paced perfectly.
The cover and the title of the book deserve a special mention. The cover in paper is catchy and totally attractive. The title was quite apt for the story and left me wondering if my interpretation of what it meant was right.
MY SAY: An interesting read.
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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