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Saturday, 7 January 2017

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Review of Broken Jars, A Fistful Of Dreams

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Hello Readers...

Often times we look at the societal problems from one side and often ignore the other side of the coin. The book which we are reviewing today does exactly that. Broken Jars: A Fistful Of Dreams is a book written by five authors and highlight the problems which are prevailing in the society. Before beginning with the review, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dolly Koshy for sending the book for the review via goodreads.

So lets start with the review and quickly take a look at the synopsis of the book.


Dr. Meghna Goel is a renowned Psychiatrist with an unblemished track record of helping the troubled get back on to their feet. Up until now. This year she is about to face her biggest challenge in the form of seven individuals on the brink of self-destruction or worse.

Razia, a single mother hides a traumatic past. Ahmed is in prison for a heinous crime he has no regrets about. Jivan is burdened under the weight of the dual life he is forced to live. Satyananda, a self-styled Godman believes in justice, swift and cruel. Deepika seeks solace in drugs and sex. Shubham harbors thoughts of revenge and resentment towards a part of society he believes shouldn't exist. Sulochana withers away in silence carrying within  her a terrible secret.

Broken jars, a Fistful of Dreams is a coming together of five authors who weave parallel tale of love, betrayal, injustice and revenge. Issues that plague society are showcased with their inimitable style. The book also takes you on a journey around the metropolitan city Bangalore where the characters currently live and eight places in India where they were born and brought up.

Note: Best enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea and an open mind.


When we grow up, we are often exposed to the bright and better sight of the society. We start having preconceived notions about the society in general and the way in which the society behaves. Anything which doesn't fit into our preconceived notions, we start feeling a sense of awkward demeanor towards that. We start stereotyping things and society in general. This book aims at demolishing these stereotypes and our preconceived notions bringing out the a very different aspect of the human nature in the limelight.

A very interesting about the book is that it is being written by five authors authors in an interesting fashion. The five authors are Amal CharlesDolly KoshyMerina Diana MorisPinaki Gosh and Shelley Das. All these authors are debut authors and all how done really well in conceptualizing and contemplating the entire story of the book. However, I did feel there was downside to this aspect as well.

The authors have portrayed and narrated the journey of seven people and their stories. For me frankly, it was very difficult to keep up with the details of each and every individual and this kind of wane my interest in the book slightly. I seriously wished that if the authors could have reduced the number of characters in the book it would have been a lot easier for the readers to stay with each and every characters story with confusion.

Also, the transitioning between the characters and there story was not that great as well. Don't get me wrong, the transitioning was not bad but it was also not interesting as well.The transitioning between the characters and their stories could have helped the readers by making it easy for the readers to keep up with the stories of the characters.

However, I must say that the narration and the writing of each of the authors was really nice and considering the fact that all these authors are debutante, they did an amazing job in this aspect.

The USP of the book is undoubtedly the theme of the book. This book touches very sensitive issues which are still prevailing in the society and we kind of keep a deaf year to them. All these sensitive issues are being smartly essayed and portrayed by each and every author of this book. Kudos to all the authors of the book for portrayed such content in such a smart way. To understand the gravity of the issues, it is very much essential that you read this book in a calm environment and have an open mind. So, if you are a person who easily gets offended when their believes are challenged, then this book is not for you.

That was all related to the content of the book. However, I wasn't much impressed with the aesthetic of the book. The book was written in very small font and I felt like I was straining my eyes in order to read the content of the book. The possible reason for this could be to condense the book in a smaller form factor. If written in a proper font, the book could easily be some 500-600 pages long, but right now that much long content is crushed into 280 pages long. Also, I felt that the verses which were written at the start of each and every chapter were misleading. I wished the author could have paid a little more attention to all these aspect which could have made reading this book a much more pleasurable experience.

So to sum up, this book has really interesting and have good content but it lack in some aspect. It was an OK sort of a book for me and surely a one time read. However, I do appreciate the effort and intention of each and every author of this book and approaching the societal problems in such a sensible way. So in case if you want to have a look at book for yourself, here are links to the Amazon from where you can get the copy of the book.

Amazon India: Broken Jars, A Fistful Of Dreams

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So until next time, this is me SUSHANT signing off. You guys have a great day.



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