Young Pinto has been an out-of-the box thinker from his childhood, looking for solutions to a plethora of problems in his everyday surroundings. He invents a that makes young Pinto a hero in his village. Sadly, that’s not sufficient to change the mindset of naysayers for Pinto to pursue his career in hardcore science.
Pinto Has an Idea is the tale of Dr Pinto, a small-town boy, an IITian and a scientist working in MIT, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation in the early days of his research, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.
Returning to his native India, he finds his noble quest beset by unexpected adversaries, obstacles and trials, but emerges triumphant from each battle. The ‘Swades’ style story will leave you with a smile by the end of the final chapter.
Pinto is a scientist, who plays a politician and a social worker at the same time. He is also a true-blue family man. He is in love with Lavanya, who complements him in his work. The dynamics of his relationship with Lavanya drive the story forward, and makes the book even more lively to read.
The reason why the book strikes a chord is the message that it gives. We live in a society where a brilliant, innovative young kid is discouraged from pursuing science. And when he makes a career in research, and tries to bring about a change in the society, he is faced with challenges. His “mechanism” to end corruption is intriguing, to say the least.
Rajeev Saxena’s writing makes the narrative engrossing. His lucid use of language, makes the book even more delectable. Overall, this is an interesting weekend read. As a first book, Rajeev Saxena checks all the boxes for a promising career ahead.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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