An Intellectual by Shivam Chaudhary – Book Review

An Intellectual (Part 1)



The conversations between the two intellectuals (Swaraj and Najya) in the book are real except at some places. The book depicts mostly the conversations between two intellectuals mainly about the philosophy of life, science, and love. The conversations between them are minimalistic. The book is mainly focused on those unique people who are passionate about the philosophy of life and life itself, those who are passionate enough to question about almost everything. They crave to get connected to other people through meaningful conversations; they want to grow up with other people and help them grow by talking about self-improvement. They crave to help other people. Also, such gifted people crave to get connected to someone who can understand them. They expect to have a deeper connection with someone which can later turn into a romantic relationship. All the time they crave for passionate people, and an understanding partner. When their desires don’t turn into reality, they get trapped in their own thoughts. What happens next? Read the book and figure it out for yourself. It all lies in the ending of the book. I’ve shared the deepest thoughts of an intellectual. I suspect that most of the readers would successfully find conversations in the book related to their deep thoughts; they would be able to relate the authentic conversations with their lives. I guess I’m successful in predicting the reality. Remember: it is a boon to find someone just as passionate about something as you are, but it is pretty hard to get one in real life. One intellectual can have the capability to store numerous deep thoughts about most of the things in his mind.That’s what the ending is all about.

Book Review:

Philosophical books are a treat to read and this one really worked for me. I am always driven towards philosophical books and when I got hold of this book, I was extremely excited. The book is very much different in terms of theme and content as compared to most of the recent books that are released now a days in India. The book has been written in a unique manner and has been developed with the use of dialogues that generate as a result of a heartfelt tet a tete between two intellectuals; Swaraj and Najya. Both of them talk about various topics under the sun and touch their philosophical aspects.

The book is very much different from any other fiction book and is fully conversational. While reading it I was reminded of many books written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay where he had developed the plot with the help of dialogues. Some of his books that had conversation as the main driving factor were Datta and Charitraheen. The conversation in the book “An Intellectual” are based on topics like life, relationships, emotions etc. The discussions and meaning are deep and are a delight to read. One gets to read about different perspective on a topic which gives the reader a food for thought.

The title of the book is apt and the cover is also according to the theme. Overall, the book was quite an interesting and thought provoking read. Those who love reading something more than just fiction must go for this one.

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