Book Review: You Must Read ‘The Colossal Illusion’ in this Lockdown, A Rare Fiction which talks about Saving the Planet Earth.
Book Review: You Must Read ‘The Colossal Illusion’ by Agam Anand in this Lockdown, A Rare Fiction which talks about Saving the Planet Earth, how and from whom? Let’s dissect.
The Colossal Illusion
Author: Agam Anand
Publisher: Notion Press
Price: ₹ 250
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Dipanita Bhattacharya is an extraordinary achiever, one of her kind lady. In the year 2038 when the world is busy only in making money and technology, she found herself engaged in creating new thoughts and ideas. It was not always like that, she was about to settle for the mediocrity as we all do but then a mysterious love came to help her find the untapped potential she had in her. And then he disappeared, nobody knew why? Dive into the life of Dipanita to find out what is stored for us in the times to come. Witness the future of the human race through the lens of past and present… The Colossal Illusion is an allegoric ode to stories of different lives and has all the elements of a true romance and satirical humor yet it ultimately delivers a bigger message about the world and life as a whole.
Point of View:
First of all, there are spoilers and if you haven’t read it yet then you won’t get it completely, and definitely, we are not going to reveal the climax.
After a long time, there is a fiction novel which is a romantic one when you talk about its nucleus but still it talks about way bigger concepts and philosophies. Maybe the writer is trying to say that ‘Love actually is the center of everything we do and see’ it goes wrong in the long run that is a separate issue altogether. There is one character in the book, Ajay, which is the highlight of this philosophical romance.
Agam Anand has cracked an extraordinary character in Ajay and built the entire story around him, being a male writer Anand has written it from Dipanita’s point of view, which is very brave on his part. Other characters reflect the kind of society we all live in, ordinary ones, who feel that achievers are those who make money or has power or popularity. Ajay and Dipanita are like our long lost conscience, they are seeking themselves and shows us the mirror of reality.
Ajay owns a factory, but he is running away from it just to feel the fresh air, now think he himself is one reason why the air is getting maligned, actually, he is running away from everything, the reality, the relationships, the love and eventually when he stops, it shocks the readers. On the other hand, Dipanita is running behind love, the long lost sense of sanity which helps her find herself. The Colossal Illusion is a rare fiction which talks about Saving the Planet Earth, and how smartly the writer has given us the message that happiness is not in fame, money, or people, it lies in nature and it is more important than the human breed. Our desires, our sense of possessiveness has made us blind, and it is high time we should start giving respect to this planet which has given us everything and may one day very soon it will take it all back. This book is the best read for us in the pandemic, which itself assures that we are like insects in this universe and we should not take ourselves too seriously.
The ideas, philosophies, and theories are very complex that’s why the writer has written it in a very lucid language to reach out to the masses which is very smart. Anand seems to be an admirer of Socrates and Plato, as Socrates said ‘An unexamined life is not worth living’ defines this book in one line. The only drawback of the novel is its proofreading, which could have been better.
Nevertheless, it deserves 4 stars, read it for the freshness, you might not agree with everything written in there but it’ll make you think or maybe it’ll change your life, you never know.
- Rs. 250
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