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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Paperback:318 pages
Published on: April 10th, 2013
Publisher: Shrishti Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Fiction
Book Description
The Homing Pigeons...
In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Aditya, a jobless, penniless man meets an attractive stranger in a bar, little does he know that his life will change forever…..
When Radhika, a young, rich widow, marries off her stepdaughter, little does she know that the freedom that she has yearned for is not exactly how she had envisioned it…..
They say Homing Pigeons always come back to their mate, no matter where you leave them on the face of this earth. Homing Pigeons is the story of love between these two unsuspecting characters as it is of lust, greed, separations, prejudices and crumbling spines

My review

I have read many love stories but never have heard or read a love story that is as heart aching as “The Homing Pigeons”. None of them are even close. It is because this is not an ordinary love story where a boy meets a girl, loves unconditionally, if the parents don’t agree, they elope and get married. At least, not in this story. If you think there must be serious villain trouble, once again you are wrong. You just have to figure that out yourself.
A rather heart warming,  nail biting , scrupulous story about two soul mates whose love story should have ended up being happily ever after but is dragged in and out leaving them shattered like a pile of mess. We find love, passion, self-sacrifice, betrayal, hatred all throughout that it kind of makes it crucial to understand the state of mind (call it mystery) of the main protagonists. They will probably drive many crazy as they don’t tell exactly what they are planning to do? Why they are ducking away? Is it even necessary for them to act the way they did? as they are two confused souls.
Losing his job to recession a year ago, Aditya , a 32 year old young man now lives off his wife’s salary feeling guilty to the core. His life takes a huge turn after he meets a woman close to his age at a bar not knowing the peril that she is going to put him into. Then we meet Radhika, a rich young widow whose step daughter she marries off is just 8 years younger than her.
Reading the novel, you will feel like you accidently travelled into their life through the help of time machine and as a result, you are forced to travel along with them and listen to them at the walk of their journey. The story is told in both their point of views. So you have to be alert not to miss anything. Nothing is quite predictable in the novel. Their past is undoubtedly far worse to be called as bitter and they are somehow interlinked.
The homing pigeons is such an emotionally intense novel that rips your heart out bleeding intensely because of the vulnerability Aditya and Radhika face due to the cruelty of the world. You can’t help but feel sorry for them. When Aditya’s would be pimp forces him to have sex with her, it will make anyone wonder, how is this even happening? Like Aditya, I was also grossly shocked at the same time disgusted. Then after you read the second half, you may think he so deserved to work as a prostitute. Let the novel alone define Radhika's story.
Right from the start of the novel, I admired how boldly the words flow and engage the heart and mind of the readers. I was initially afraid how Mr.Sid Bahri is going to end the story. But the execution was neat, justifiable and not overhyped. Overall, a remarkably brilliant , modern tragedy. The writing is flawless but the characters aren't.

"They say homing pigeons always come back to their mate, do they?"

Rating 4/5
Excerpts from the novel

“I work as a freelance gigolo,” I say with a straight face. I almost make it sound like I am a copywriter.
What is that? “She obviously hasn’t heard the word before.
“A male prostitute, “I tell her in earnest.
“You mean mail prostitutes? How? “She looks bewildered.
"Just like you have female prostitutes, I am a male prostitute, “I reply, still looking her in the eyes.

I felt like the bird that had just escaped from it's cage and was ready to fly-Radhika

About the author

A hotelier by education, an ex-banker and a senior executive in the outsourcing industry, Sid gave up a plush carrier in the outsourcing industry to follow his passions. Based out of Ranikhet, he is now a struggling entrepreneur and a happy writer. A self-proclaimed eccentric, he is an avid blogger who loves to read and cook. Cooking stories, however, is his passion. The Homing Pigeons is his debut novel.

Disclaimer A special thanks to "The Readers Cosmos Blog" for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review.