Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

Sometimes there's more to life than a person imagines. It may be wild or subtle. Destiny or luck plays a crucial role in shaping up your past, present and future. Author Laxmi Hariharan in her book "The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer" targets the inner sanctum of a human mind and spins off a genius which keeps the colored exuberance of less mentioned aspects of life alive. So is it alive enough to keep the readers going? Let's find out. 

*An angry young girl, desperate to rescue her best friend.A sexy cop willing to do anything to save the city he serves.A delusional doctor bent on annihilation.* When Ruby Iyer's best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Kamini Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the mysterious Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza's teen army. As Bombay falls apart around them, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

First look at the title and the cover and a reader cannot make out what it is all about. Is it about a journey or is it about something else? That's somewhat left at the mercy of vivid imaginations. The blurb talks about Ruby and her exploits which in course of charting her present and future lead her to some unknown trajectories. The blurb cuts short the excitement built up to give an outburst to a reader. It gives you ample hints to go through the book.

The story is set off in Mumbai, where Ruby leaves with a roommate Panky and her life is thrown off gear when she experiences unusual occurrences. From there on, the book turns towards the other aspects of her life as she finds an unlikely ally in Vikram and support of few others. But it's up to her to turn around the tide in her favor. Plus she has some tasks to do too. So what will it be that will bring out the best? What will it take to strike the notion of deceptive and deceived? Will it be all easy for her? How will Vikram be a part of her turmoil life? That's what it is all about.

The story is set off in parts from the growth of Ruby to the struggle of her life till her ultimate salvation and sacrifice. The book's nature is a serious thriller and some aspects of being in a vivid scenario sheds light on reception of Ruby's character. The dark shades and the colorful hues bring out the best in the story. It hits few right notes when it comes to Ruby and her journey and keeps the swan song alive by spicing it up after a steady inflow of humor exchanges. The book explores life from a refreshing point of view and keeps the sanctity of everyday occurrences alive.

The story falls flat when it jumps from being a gong ho, cherishing story to a much serious thriller. The thrill aspect often found wanting and lacking deep development. The story takes time to get to the right course and often loses out on some good punches. It packs a bit too much information in the initial run which looks a bit messed up.

Overall the story does gives an impression of a fresh outlook to a brighter idea. It delivers good things in small packages and manages to salvage of what it can throw and receive back from the reader. The good times in the story are complimented with the struggling times which is entertaining and keeps the readers going but lack of blossoming finish tames the story a bit. It's a good start to the new road but needs more careful development in the future. A nice narrative.


3 OUT OF 5 

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