False Ceilings by Amit Sharma – Book Review
BY: AMIT SHARMA
Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.
When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family’s blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?
False Ceilings is the debut novel of Author Amit Sharma. I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I have always liked stories that are spread into different generations especially those that revolve around human relationships and emotions, and this is one of those kinds that have the capability to hook the reader from the very beginning.
False Ceilings is a family saga and story of generations inheriting a secret. The story ranges through a vast period starting from pre Independent India and expanding to the futuristic modern era. The plot is very interesting and has all the ingredients to intrigue the reader. There are many characters and the author has done a wonderful job in defining and developing each one. They are very much relatable and do not seem made up or fake. There are many protagonists in the novel who take the story further.
The narration is very good and the author has managed very well to tell the tale in a detailed manner. The language is simple and easy to read. All in all False Ceilings is an engaging read with a beautiful story that is told well. The book is recommended to those who love mature stories that have some depth. Looking forward to read more from the author.