Book Review of The Sameness in a Consistent Change by Sujay Malik
The wheel of time is a fascinating force. Sometimes it seems to only crawl along, while at other times it simply hustles. And when you tend to look behind, you expect that most puzzles would fall in place. But do they eventually?
Ramanuj, a village boy is confused about most things. He shares a strange rapport with his father, who, despite financial issues don’t stall his education. But Ramanuj has no idea what to do with himself.
Then one-day things change and change permanently. There is no looking back from this bend; there cannot be. He meets Mr. Shrirangpure, through a chance meeting in a hospital through his daughter Pallavi. Something prompts him to appear more ambitious than he would like to have been.
Impoverished and submissive, he manages to rise above the shackles with time, even though everything is still stuck to his past. But now he cannot get back. He doesn’t want to. Until a revelation, prompts him to go back to his roots again. To the same tree, with which he shares a bond; to the drain water, with which he has shared many a memory; and to the same surrounding, which formed his core once.
This is the story of a boy who tried to end his life once. He loved as well and tried to rise to a level to become worthy of it. A boy, whose journey is all about mostly looking back.
‘The Sameness in a Consistent Change’ is a story of this interesting journey. A journey, devoid of a destination, perhaps. But the fun, sometimes, lies only in the journey.
Opening Lines: The bark of the mango tree evoked unmistakable nostalgia.
Page Count: 42 pages
Publication Date: December 17th, 2018
“The Sameness in a Consistent Change” by Sujay Malik is a story of a village boy Ramanuj, Who belongs to a poor family of three. Life is a constant struggle for Ramanuj, until one fateful day he chance meets Pallavi in a hospital. Ramanuj’s entire focus of life changes.
The whole story is a flashback of 69 years old Ramanuj’s life. His struggle, love and heartbreak and success defines the Ramanuj, he is today.
The book is a very short read but the impact it leaves on the reader is huge. There only 3-4 characters in the book, but the way they are portrayed in such a short story is remarkable. Each plays a huge part in defining the other character. Although the story has a very melancholic vibe to it.
The end, shocked me, though it was coming but I hadn’t expected in this way. Although at times 42 pages book seemed to drag on. But then maybe that was the need of the story.
Overall a good story. The narration is smooth but with complexity to the Language.
Sujay’s ‘The Sameness in a Consistent Change‘ is for readers who love stories with a profound perspective towards life.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
About the Author
Chartered Accountancy, a degree in Law and a degree in Commerce later, Sujay discovered the little writing bug entrenched within him. And he decided that the bug shall be given an opportunity to come out of the closet. He comes from a family of legal professionals and is extremely passionate about writing.
He is the winner of MyStory Contest of Tata Literature Live, The Mumbai Litfest 2017.
Sujay’s discerning perception with respect to matters going around him and its resulting consequences makes him a keen observer which he likes to reflect in his writings too. Through his stories, he likes to symbolize nuances of human characteristics, social behavior, evils, ironies, and vagaries of life. He believes that stories are nothing but a reflection of the lives and times that we stay in.
His interests include reading, playing table-tennis, taking long walks and listening to music. He stays in Mumbai with his wife and his parents. When he isn’t doing any of these he is checking his emails.
‘Different beads of the Same String’ is his first book.
Write to him on [email protected]
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