One bizarre vacation marked a turning point in the lives of four teenage friends. It dawned upon them that corruption and malpractices had become rampant and deeply ingrained in our culture. They felt anguished and shocked at the shameful state of affairs.
They pledged to redeem and change the destiny of the country. They had only two weeks of vacation left to take some big initiatives. The pressure on them was immense. Status quo or failure was not an option for them.
Read the inspirational story of a unique movement masterminded by youngsters through innovative ideas and creative thinking. Not a single family could escape from its unrelenting onslaught. It was a rewarding outcome for their persistence and hard work, as they nostalgically recall in 2030
This book was sent to me by the author many eons ago in exchange for an honest review. So before I share my thoughts, I extend my sincere apologies to Mr. Taneja for the delay in publishing the review. He must have probably wondered if he had just sent the book to someone who probably didn’t read it! I wouldn’t blame him…This is probably the longest I have delayed to publish any review – it’s just that I have been slammed by life in general to the extent that I even forgot my word press passwords! Well, time to correct the situation and carry on doing the little things that give me some peace in spite of what life would want to challenge me with! In one way I think its good that I delayed the review of this book as I needed to get my thoughts in order to write about this book as it deserves an honest attempt on my part to give it some justice.
The book explores an issue that is very relevant to India today – a country plagued by corruptions, scams, defiance of authorities and lack of respect for law and order and anything else that a normal Indian might complain about when it comes to day-to-day life.
The plot not only talks about the issue in general but also dares to give a solution to the entire mess. That right! While most of us are busy complaining, someone has attempted to give us a solution to tame the ugly monster of corruption and greed that plagues our nation today and that too in a manner consistent with Gandhiji’s idea of “Ahimsa”
It is the year 2030 and India is the new super power and is the cynosure of the attention of the world. Ambassadors cars are in demand and the country is known for everything good and ideal;starting from clean streets, a complete absence of corruption and ideal citizens, so much so that even the USA wants to be like India!! Just close your eyes and think about it – which Indian wouldn’t want this dream to come true? Even as our bubble is popped as we open our eyes, we can’t help but wonder…..
And all this has been possible due to four friends who come up with the idea of tackling the issue when personally faced by the problems of the corrupt system while on a vacation. The youngsters who refer to themselves as G4 and their parents as G3 ( honestly, it could me some time to figure this out) tackle the problem with the help of the good citizens of the nation, the media and educated strategies.
Now, the whole idea just seemed like an impossible dream. But kudos to the author for trying to come up with a decent solution ( any solution that doesn’t involve slandering is decent one) to the entire mess as impossible as it seems. His love for the country, earnestness and beliefs in his solution and the hope in trying to get out of this nightmare shines through the plot.
Speaking of plots, this is a very slow one, without the elements of surprise or thrills that might enable readers to keep turning the pages with great gusto. The chapters move very slowly, but the language is very simple and can be easily understood by readers of all levels across the nation. The book reads more like a documentary / research thesis of the efforts of G4 rather than a story.
A good attempt by the author to talk about something close to everyone’s heart as of date. It is my sincere belief that this book should be used as supplementary reading in schools across the nation. Since most of us do believe that a good education can initiate the solution to such problems, the least that can be done is to start teaching our kids quite early about what is right and wrong and try to nip the issue in the bud. More treatment to the plot and this could have been a better read for adults.
A thoughtful read: albeit a slow one, especially during the elections! 🙂
About the Author
Suresh Taneja is a chartered accountant by profession and is looking after the financial affairs of a listed company. He published his first book “We can pull it off” in 2010. This book is an improved and complete version of his earlier book. Suresh aspires for maximum readership of the book, particularly by children and youth. Suresh strongly feels that the youth need to play a leading role in shaping up the future of our country which presently is plagued with alarming proportions of corruption, malpractices and declining moral values. The intent behind this book is to kindle a sense of awareness amongst the youngsters on their possible role, encouraging them to be creative in finding solutions and inspiring them to translate their thoughts into action. Suresh writes regularly to express himself on a variety of issues. His writings are generally inspired by his life experiences and keen observations. Suresh does not wish to confine himself to issue based books only; he is keen to experiment with different genres and capitalize on his knack for storytelling
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