BOOK REVIEW: False Ceilings by Amit Sharma
March 4, 2016
It is assumed, especially by critics that an author does his research before writing a collection of pages to call it a book itself. This assumption is rewarded in the form gratifying time, entertainment level up to its highest, imagination mingling with words and visualising characters and their peculiarity. This doesn’t work for everyone in equal terms but that doesn’t mean the assumption has fallen. No, writing is a task, and every writer puts their own effort but due the round nature of earth nothing can be strictly equal.
False Ceiling by Amit Sharma is a story of generations inheriting a secret unknown. The story starts in the mountains of Dalhousie, Shakuntala, a pampered child of a wealthy builder who inherits the secret on her wedding night. She is informed to use it widely at the right time. The series of events occur at new place, in different decade, in different timeline, Shakuntala has her son born and then her grandchildren. The secret is accidentally passed down to her great-grandson after some hundred years who is completely perplexed by it.
The story is a curiosity arousing one. The plot is well-defined in terms of events but the manner in which the events occurred is not well suited. It lacks a clear vision of what author wants to present with his characters. Characters are well matured up to the point but are left flat at the same time. In an explicit manner the whole book if the timeline bestowed in a different manner might have made the story more engaging to the reader.
This book won’t take much of your time and is not a complex one. The story becomes interesting in the last pages especially when the secret is about to reveal. Writing style did flatter me, but at times it was as flat as the most parts of the book. The book is well suited for a quick, light reading and won’t harm your brain cells.
2 out of 5!