Title– The kissing circles
Number of pages-312
“A boat race. Sounds fun”
“Not for me. I cannot participate. But yes, I can be a cheerleader. Oh! yes definitely. Such a rocking life.”
” Yeah, dude. Like Pandey is designing the next aircraft carrier ship.”
“And Bansal, you’re going to brand this race into first water olympics.”
“And I shall win the trophy and marry Kala in the most lavish wedding our village has ever seen.”
Yeah, welcome to the world of ordinaries!
In 2007, at the height of the Global IT boom, Manoj Bansal and Rajesh Pandey, two newly-released prisoners of Engineering with mediocre grades and a looming IT future, set out for Trivandrum for their Corporate Learning Programme (CLP). Torn between their past miscues and topical aspirations, they hope to find their true calling. Whilst in a confused, depression ridden transitory phase, they soon run into their fellow trainee, Adish Matthew – a Malayali Computer engineer, and a village simpleton Mutthur Sankunni – the no-hope skipper of Maruthi Vallam, gearing up for the annual Vallamkali.
Bound by a common thread of mediocrity, they shun the modern world’s great expectations and take off on a spree to discover the tranquility of the God’s own country. Until one day…when a Tsunami of mishaps rocks their life, impelling them to join hands and transfigure into the four kissing circles, fighting the most irrelevant battle of our times:
To be or not to be, extraordinary.
The Kissing Circle is the Author’s debut novel so firstly I would like to congratulate the author for his debut book.
Kissing the circle, the name seems really funny isn’t it? The first time I heard the name I was like, Kissing the circles… what would be the genre of the story and then the story would be about what? Then I search it on amazon and saw the cover page and then read the blurb; my half doubts got cleared then but I was eager to read the story as, after the title, the cover had attracted me so much that I couldn’t stop myself from reading this book.
The story is set in the beautiful land of various culture and customs that is Kerala. So basically the story is about three engineers and their life namely Manoj Bansal, Rajesh Pandey and Adish Matthew .It is a story about friendship and yes, about love too.
You may wonder if the story is about three people then what do the 4th circle means? You can see the cover page that there is a small circle that is being surrounded by the other three. So the 4th circle is Mutthur who is also an important character in the book. As you will read you will get to know about some more characters that include the protagonist’s girlfriends too. Kudos to the author as he did a brilliant job in keeping a balance between all the characters of the book.
The story is a bit confusing initially but as you will read further all the confusion will vanish.
The author proved to be a good storyteller. The plot was interesting yet fast paced still, it can hook you on to the novel till the end.
The description the author had given of the places where the story revolves is just beautiful. The characterization was done perfectly.
So overall it was a good read.
3 stars out of 5.
Happy Reading. :)