WRITING STYLE: 3/5
SOCIAL RELEVANCE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
It is true that we humans are becoming ever more materialistic and decadent. We have forgotten the difference between wants, needs, comforts and luxuries. Our desires never end and we are forever consumed wanting for more.
In such times, when you read a book that not only tells us an inspiring story but also encourages us to be more prudent, civilized, frugal and environmentally conscious in our day to day conduct, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
Ravi Dabral’s Greed Lust Addiction is a book that is more like a self-help book doling out life mantras than a crime fiction with a mysterious and dramatic bend.
What to expect?
Expect a book that tells you the tale of an honest journalist and his struggles in life.
Expect a book that has some lessons to teach on almost all aspects of a person’s life – be it personal, professional, political, social, environmental etc. Also, expect a book that is a mix of drama and mild suspense.
And finally, expect a book that is not as high on entertainment as it is on moral values.
Let’s talk about the storyline
Suraj is an investigative journalist who is as honest as they come. While he is doing a sting operation to uncover the ugly nexus of a bunch of power-hungry individuals – a politician, a media baron, a police official and a shrewd businessman – he meets with an unfortunate car accident before he can truly reveal their illegal and unethical activities to the public.
After years of preparation and a hefty bribe his brother, Vijay, joins the police force only to realize that there was so much more to Suraj and his life than he knew.
As Vijay sets out on a path to discover Suraj, he also uncovers some unpleasant realities. Greed Lust Addiction is the story of Suraj and his fight for justice and morality.
How good are the characters?
The characters in the book are good. Some of them are quite relatable while others are inspiring. There are times when they act irrationally and abruptly but overall, they manage to hold the story together.
What about the author’s writing style?
The book lacks pace. It gets morbidly dull towards the end and that is one reason it took me a long time to finish the book.
There are multiple places where the author could have done away with unnecessary descriptions and exaggerations in order to make the book racier.
What I liked?
I like how the book attempts to make us a better version of ourselves. I particularly enjoyed how the book talks about mind, body and soul and gives us information about the various aspects of spirituality.
These concepts have been shared in detail by the way of sessions that Guruji takes for all his disciples and almost all of them are enlightening, to say the least.
What I did not like?
I don’t like the way critical aspects of storytelling have been ignored. In addition to a solid storyline, the story also lacks a thrilling climax.
How good is the climax?
The climax of the book is okay. It can be said that it brings a necessary conclusion to the story of Suraj and Vijay but it fails immensely in bringing a definite conclusion to many other subplots.
For example, the reader never really gets to know what finally happens to Gulshan? How did his deal with Khurana go?
We are also not told much about Guruji’s history. That there is some kind of history and conspiracy is evident but the details are kept away from the reader.
It is such open-ended conclusions that I particularly disliked in Greed Lust Addiction.
It all boils down to the entertainment quotient
In the end, my review is a mixed bag of emotions. There are places where I found the insights and information provided in the book to be very helpful.
It won’t be wrong to say that this book has many lessons to take away from; that reading this book makes one a better person. Even if that change is as less as 1%, at the end of it, you still emerge as a better version of yourself.
But that being said, there are a few essential elements of good fiction that the book seems to be lacking in – the pace, the storyline, the unbelievable actions of certain characters.
Pick the book
- If the idea of life lessons in a fictional tale appeals to you.
- If you enjoy books that address social and political concerns.
Skip the book
- If you are looking for a true crime thriller.
- If you are looking for a short and quick read.
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