Friday, May 2, 2014

Review: Lucifer's Lungi by Nitin Sawant

Life is strange and even stranger are the ways of looking at it. While some find it adventurous but for others it's a tension filled affair. Some are curious while some are cautious. It depends from person to person on how you take it. Author Nitin Sawant in his novella "Lucifer's Lungi" offers life as it comes to the readers and to explore the hidden side of every person. So has he been able to give it a long handle? Let's find out. 

A simpleton village priest's boy who blindly worships and guards a pantheon of Gods and Their traditions...
Strange things happen when their worlds collide!
This is a tale of that turmoil on a lonely night in a jungle, when the ghosts you never knew till a few hours ago are let loose on the ghosts that you always carried within, unknowingly.
Welcome to the unholy clash of beliefs, fears and frailties with unknown Gods and demons. A clash that will test your convictions. A clash that will rabidly claw and unmask your subconscious, leaving you naked and paralyzed in front of your demons - in a climax that is as ambiguous as it is certain...
Welcome to the madness of 'Lucifer's Lungi... where What-You-See-Is-NOT-What-You-Get...

First look at the title and the cover and it'll make readers believe that it's a historical fiction. The cover has been done exceptionally and the entire image lightens up the excitement buds. The title very unusual but funny for a book. The blurb talks about some beliefs and a man's journey which leads to it. The blurb has been kept short and sweet and left for the readers to enjoy in the story. 

The story is of a man who sets out on a journey to unknown destinations every weekend to enjoy nature's gifts. His motive to enjoy life as it is and not to think of what happens next. His adventures lands him up in a completely unknown destination where life has a different meaning altogether. The thought process of the religious factions not completely in tandem with his. Some beliefs which modern day people don't fall prey for. So how this trip will influence his life? What has the village to offer and what the priest and the boy have as a surprise for their guest? That's what the story is all about. 

Travelogue will be an appropriate term for the story. The journey and it's adventures have been carefully picked and put together for the readers. The adventures trying to excite the readers. The book's main story is in the second half where the encounters and beliefs are at a clash and makes it worthwhile. The simple language and narration helps in grasping the whole idea. 

The downside of the book is it's editing. Few mistakes are there in the book. Appropriate spaces could have been given in between paragraphs. The book could have humour as an added element to make it more interesting. The elaboration of few incidents in the first half would have made it more insightful. 

All in all the story has some glimpses of excitement and fun in it. The genre makes a lot of difference to the whole idea and carries the story forward for the readers. The book though short on spice still gives some moments to grasp in. The book is a very light read and can be enjoyed as a personal experience. 


3 OUT OF 5

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