‘False Ceilings’ is an engaging and complex family saga story vides spread about generations and generations thereafter. It is the story of Shakuntala, a young girl, who has a surreal life despite of some harsh conditions in the beautiful town of pre-Independence Dalhousie when life changes completely because of the twist and turn of events. The story takes you on a wind whirl journey from beginning to end of her life and times, her children, grandchildren and beyond. The story explores India before the era of 1920s and spans to a period in the future till 2050. The tale moves ahead as India undergoes her own period of churning and progression. Indeed everybody will be able to find a part of them in the story, especially the who have a inclination towards history of India.
The story has certain incidents which are or were once a part of everybody's life. The silly tiffs which curved into larger issues in family. The struggles and the lack of equation between the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law in turn poisoning the lives of many others on daily basis. The sensitive’ Aaryan’, who gets emotionally scarred from childhood. The enthusiasm of ‘Lipi’. The fate of Kanshi Ram, the suffering of ‘Kusum’, the terror of ‘Radha Devi’, the lack of confidence in ‘Vinod’ who is pulled between a wife and mother, the inefficacy of ‘Manohar’ and not to forget weakening of Shakuntala’s character.The story flows simply and the writing seems to come naturally to the author. The climax was quite interesting with twists and turns as they unfold. For that you need to read this book.
Now my Positive viewpoints:
The positives of the story are the primitiveness in the narration that impressed me. The author narrated the story in a very unique way; it seemed as if he is talking to the readers personally. The author has been successful enough to connect with the readers, I loved it, and I am sure that the target audience will love this book too.
Some suggestive points:
Although the narration of the story is wonderful but at some places the story becomes stagnant. When the story does move; it inches towards the end, to convey just a one line message that sums up the book. I feel the narrative was coming back to the same point after each change of scene without adding much to the story line. Final words:
Overall if asked I would say this is a good book, perfect accompaniment to your weekend pastime. Overall I would say...this is a good job done by Author (Amit Sharma) … I would give 3 stars to this book.