Book Review: Sale of Souls by Vidyadhara

Book ReviewSale of Souls is a love story set in the backdrop of land acquisition, a subject that has assumed prominence in today’s world – specially so in India in the post-Singur era. This is a romantic story set in a remote village on the coast of Canara, which is known for its beautiful environment and bio-diversity.

Having been involved in the anti-acquisition andolan myself, I could empathise with the villagers who were fighting their battle against the nexus of politicians-industrialists. Several incidents narrated in the book reminded me of small, little incidents that I had been witness towards the fag end of Communist rule in Bengal.

The debate of development vs environment has been raging across the globe. Recently the Supreme Court of India ruled against environmental clearances issued by the present Government of India within a short span of time for industrial projects. A serious issue like the contentious debate on poverty vs industrialization was deftly portrayed by the author.

Innocent villagers who have lost their land fight against the powerful lobby of industrialists and politicians. Samar, the protagonist, wants to solve the issue through sustainable development. He falls in  love with Roshni, an advocate and the narrative moves on. The parallel tracks of love and fight against land acquisition are skillfully intertwined and essentially become one as the novel progresses.

The author’s simple style of writing is appealing and his characterization is flawless. Overall, the novel is an interesting read and will keep the reader engrossed.

Sale of Souls is a love story set in the backdrop of land acquisition, a subject that has assumed prominence in today’s world – specially so in India in the post-Singur era. This is a romantic story set in a remote village on the coast of Canara, which is known for its beautiful environment and bio-diversity.

Having been involved in the anti-acquisition andolan myself, I could empathise with the villagers who were fighting their battle against the nexus of politicians-industrialists. Several incidents narrated in the book reminded me of small, little incidents that I had been witness towards the fag end of Communist rule in Bengal.

The debate of development vs environment has been raging across the globe. Recently the Supreme Court of India ruled against environmental clearances issued by the present Government of India within a short span of time for industrial projects. A serious issue like the contentious debate on poverty vs industrialization was deftly portrayed by the author.

Innocent villagers who have lost their land fight against the powerful lobby of industrialists and politicians. Samar, the protagonist, wants to solve the issue through sustainable development. He falls in  love with Roshni, an advocate and the narrative moves on. The parallel tracks of love and fight against land acquisition are skillfully intertwined and essentially become one as the novel progresses.

The author’s simple style of writing is appealing and his characterization is flawless. Overall, the novel is an interesting read and will keep the reader engrossed.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

P.S. – The review copy of the book was provided by Leadstart Publishing

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