Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book review: 45 days in a cancer hospital

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing

ISBN-13: 9789381576823

ISBN-10: 9381576823

No. of Pages: 298

Format: Paperback

Language: English

About the book:

Well- it was on long suffering and melancholic- but thanks to the thrilling plot. Medical novels especially those from overseas- have drawn my attention away from my musical pursuits. Alka Dimri Saklani in her debut novel 45 days in a cancer hospital – gives a thorough image of what transpires in a cancer hospital. Here I am focusing on the misery of the cancer patients. How they fight for life and finally succumb to their ill fate.
The writer has explicitly defined pain and trauma through the pages. But if we were to read just about saddening aspects of life- the book would have made me cry out loud. Interestingly- there is more. Good for me- I didn’t have to read about pathetic love lines- the suspense thriller tone received a warm welcome. The characters were well formed. Though at times, I wished for more on behalf of the cancer patients. Somewhere the writer could have involved them in finding the culprit. For example Dr. Anhsuman- seemed one such potential character- who might have played a greater role- but the workings of the evil doers out casted such opportunities. Similarly the presence of the nursing staff was too peripheral. I can understand the attachment of Dr Chatterjee with his Umeed Hospital. And was floored by the way the writer addressed his predicament.

Medical novels are hard to find in India. People are warning up to a few medical dramas aired on TV- but those are packed with high end story lines which hardly seat with the middle class psyche. Thus a book of the plight of the so called common man- does create a new avenue. Heard my teacher say one day- “One form of art influences- another”. If this is true- I would wish Alka Dimri Saklani  brain children-Ashritha and Animesh- have their casting and 45 days in a cancer hospital turn into a TV series- but with brushing and retouching at place. A good read otherwise- subtle and more or less compact.

The reviewer is a young man with a musical ear. His love for flute, guitar and tribal beats gives him the time to read out of the box books as well.

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