WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5
When I first picked The Indigo Sun up, I was really excited and that was because the cover looked exciting and the blurb seemed promising. I was in mood for a light romance and drama, and hence with expectations which I am afraid, were a bit too high, I sat down to read this book.
What is the book all about?
The Indigo Sun tells us the story of Maya; a successful and beautiful NRI who has it all – money, fame, success, and love, yet she feels vacant inside. In hopes of discovering her heart and finding true happiness, she sets out on a journey to Jaipur; a place where she can still connect with her displaced roots.
It is in Jaipur that she meets three very different people who will have an immense impact on her life. These three people – a mystic gypsy singer Leela, an innocent villager Ananda and a social entrepreneur Veer will help her get in touch with her true self and set her on a path to freedom and happiness.
What about the plot?
The plot has an interesting premise. It brings together 4 very different individuals – each with their own share of challenges and troubles and connects them in an unexpected fashion. Though, initially it appears to be flawless, cracks develop soon when one figures out that there isn’t much happening in the story. As the pages turn, it assumes an-almost-dead pace and that is pretty much it. The Indigo Sun had such a great setting for a soulful, if not passionate romance but unfortunately, that angle was totally left unexplored.
How are the characters?
Most characters with the exception of a select few were exciting to read about. The characters I enjoyed reading about the most were Veer and Leela. There was a strange enigma around the mystic gypsy Leela and I just couldn’t get enough of her. Veer was also a strong and dynamic character – somebody who, it seemed, appeared straight out of a Mills & Boon novel. Even though Maya was the central character, she failed to impress me. Other characters too weren’t impressive enough.
How is the author’s writing style?
The author has a good narrative style. Her language is rich and poetic but, even though that was the case, what failed to impress me was the lack of entertainment quotient in the book. After the first few chapters, the excitement soon wore off and the book became a dull and monotonous read.
Was the climax good?
In tune with the plot of The Indigo Sun, the climax was quite predictable. Though the end was satisfactory, I think it lacked an element of surprise. I think it will suffice to say that the climax was as dull as the narration.
The book can hardly be called an entertainer. Instead of focusing on the story, the narrative focused mostly on the philosophical and the spiritual learning and healing of Maya. This was okay if it was done in the right doses, but unfortunately almost 70% of the book was philosophy and only the rest managed to tell the story.
Pick the book if
Pick The Indigo Sun if you like philosophically oriented fiction. If the idea of mysticism and spirituality packed in a fiction appeals to you, this might prove to be an ideal read.
Skip the book if
I think you should refrain from this book if you are expecting a decent romance or in the least an entertaining story.
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