Book Review of An Indian Loser by Uzma Hameed
What is the first thing you notice in a book?
Book Cover and the name of the book, right?
Well in this case, what caught my eyes was the book’s very intriguing name ‘An Indian Loser’. I really wanted to know the story behind this name.
Opening Lines: I held the corroded bars of a ramshackle window to gain one last view of the outside world.
Page Count: 375 pages
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: January 2019
Students in India go through a lot of pressure from all sides to achieve something or to be on top of their studies: The parents, The Society, The Indian Education system and their own expectations from themselves. And a single failure can send them into the dark and murky world of depression.
Uzma’s An Indian Loser is based on such topic. The story revolves around Peeyush, who is an intelligent student and always tops the class, however, when he flunks in his final exams, his whole world turns upside down. Depression takes hold of his senses.
According to Uzma ‘Peeyush symbolizes the average middle-class Indian student who wants to realize his true potential through relentless hard work. He wants to create a better world for himself. And, for the people around him. He is ambitious, passionate and Zealous. But, what happens when he fails? The whole gamut of emotions that used to channelize his energy in the direct direction suddenly burst, spout and inundate everything around him. Will he be able to win his old self back or will he lose himself in the darkness that surrounds him? Read the book to find out!’
It is a first-person narrative. And a crucial element of any work of fiction is the NARRATOR, if he/she is good then the story is good too. In this case, we get to know the story through Peeyush’s perspective, which is a plus point as it helps its reader to establish an instant connection with the character.
An Indian Loser is a story of Peeyush so the story mainly revolves around him. A lot of the readers would connect with Peeyush instantly. Though there are other characters too in the book, but we don’t get to see them much. Though I would have loved to see more of Mustang in the book, I kind of liked that guy.
What I liked the most in the book is that how Uzma stressed upon the dark side of the conscious and unconscious pressure we put on students, but she also made it clear that it is up to us to fight the demon and find our own place in this world.
Beginning and the ending were amazing, really loved the ending part. What I really didn’t like was the middle part where the story slowed down. It dragged on quite a bit. 50 or 60 pages less and this book could have been amazing.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
About the Author
Uzma is a marketer by profession with 9+ years of experience working in different multinational organizations. She is a technology enthusiast with keen interest in improving the lives of people through healthcare innovations and interventions.
She spent her childhood in 12 different cities in Uttar Pradesh and then traveled to Karnataka to pursue her higher education.
She has won numerous awards and recognition for her academic & extracurricular performance.
She lives in Bangalore with her family.
You can reach her at [email protected]
She’s on Facebook: Uzma Hameed
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