The title of the book is intriguing, so is the beginning: AS A CHILD, I was a god.
Now, if only that were true, what a beautiful story my life would have made.
The truth was, I was almost a god.
As I continued reading the novel, I realized it didn’t have much of a story nor a common running thread. It appeared very ambiguous and vague with the author’s imagination running wild alternating between the mortal and immortal world. The protagonist Parashuram is taken to America by AK who stumbles into his life, plays a sisterly role till the end but his life is not all hunky dory. There is a mention of the airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers and how he is stranded in San Francisco, alone, paranoid and without a passport.
The author liberally intersperses the novel with dialogues in Telugu, his mother tongue, and uses the suffix ‘garu’, (which denotes respect for those senior to you) while writing about his characters. It is interesting to find them speak English with a regional accent. Though the story is not smooth flowing and is rather a bit confusing, Vamsee’s language is and his touch of humour comes as a redeeming feature in the novel.
Subsequent to writing the review of the book I attended its release where a few excerpts were read which was followed by a lively interaction with the audience.
n.meera raghavendra rao