The Wrong Turn By Sanjay Chopra & Namita Roy Ghose
Books have always been an intrinsic part of my life. As a child growing up, I would always find myself lured to the corridors leading to my school library. Books are and have always represented a narrowed down world into small, flat, rigid squares of paper. They’ve been my constant companion. Therefore you see I never let any opportunity to do a book review go by me. Today I’m presenting you with my review of a book called- ‘The Wrong Turn’ written by Sanjay Chopra & Namita Roy Ghose.
To begin with, its a fictional story based in the backdrop of India’s struggle for freedom with particular reference to Subhash Chandra Bose and his INA or The Indian National Army. Netaji has always been such an enigma himself. Over the years people have speculated about his very existence and have admired his efforts and charisma. I too am one of those people, so you see I was brimming with excitement to unravel the story page after page and honestly it was very difficult for me to put this book down.
I agree with the author Sanjay Chopra that: “The Wrong Turn is a story that traverses the cities of Calcutta, Singapore, Rangoon and Kohima caught up in the blaze of the Second World War. It is about the clash of four desperate forces as they come together in Kohima to vie for the brightest jewel in the crown — India.” In the process the main characters of the plot namely- Debraj, Nishonko, Aditi to name a few come to life and give the story a vibrant hue. Full credit goes to the authors to have etched out all the characters so well. My favourite character in the plot is Debraj who is the flamboyant heir to his father’s millions and possess charm, sophistication & flair. He lives in the moment and seems to be enjoying life to the hilt, however at the same time the way he yearns for the love & attention of his parents is endearing. As the story unfolds how Debraj is transformed into a dedicated freedom fighter is amazing. The best part is that the transition seems natural.
It’s a wonderful story of love, betrayal, loyalty, struggle, unrequited love all in one in the pre-independence era . The book comprises of 488 pages divided into Six Acts. I think it possesses all the makings of a best-seller. I admire the way the authors have projected the entire plot. Special mention goes to the vocabulary/language used which is gripping as well as sophisticated. I also liked the authentic reference to the Bengali way of life as narrated by the authors (since my mother is a Bong & I can relate to it..lol). I would say it is a perfect movie-material i.e if the director is able to do justice to the beautiful narration!.
See you soon with another amazing book … lots of love, Shruti 🙂