WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
The Light Catcher is an amusing story of a young artist called Purab who, in search of a comfortable life, enters the competitive corporate world. Living in the fast-paced life of a Metro, he is constantly pushed to fulfil his targets and yet is under-represented and seldom recognized for his hard work.
Amongst all this confusion he finds solace in photography and the company of Rati, his co-worker, who herself is pulled towards the glamour of this world.
A terrible betrayal leads him on a path that may change the nature of his being.
Will this path console his hurt sentiments and also, act as an inspiration his life urges for or will it leave him hanging in uncertainty and doom? Moreover, what will it mean to the bond blossoming between Purab and Rati?
I was attracted to the cover art of The light Catcher that tries to illuminate several themes that might be addressed within the book.
The title has a deeper meaning itself (which I learnt later in the story) that initially I thought directly referred to the subject matter mentioned in the blurb.
The blurb provides a basic idea on the book, giving the readers an option to decide whether the storyline satiates their reading taste or not.
The story focuses on the corporate working environment and how it has an impact on the people within that environment.
With an easy narration, Sameer Chopra deals with the themes of self-discovery and following one’s passion while recounting the struggles one undergoes to survive in any industry.
Purab passionately believes in a life beyond this system but is forced to stay put as it pays well for him to cover his expenses. But soon his calling towards photography takes him on a different path that has varied consequences on his personal and professional life.
The author recounts these situations with much detail that a corporate worker may be able to relate to.
Purab’s dedication and belief on his work to the extent of disregarding authority or dominant social norms set a strong statement throughout the book.
The plot was entertaining as we follow Purab and Rati taking decisions and facing their consequences.
The different characters facilitated in the progression of the story and the suspense of Purab’s fate remained the very last pages.
What I loved the most?
I liked the author’s writing style as he solidly described a typical 9 to 5 working system, something which will resonate with a person from the corporate environment.
Also, the author’s commendable eye to details as he provided a real-life graph of the protagonist as he faced failures and achieved success through the years, beautifully tracing the various characters one meets and the disappointments and the bliss Life offers over time.
Overall, a realistic and well written contemporary fiction that is based on the mad rush and competitive environment of the Corporate World and the lives of the individuals trapped within this frenzied snare.
Purab’s character may inspire, irrespective of all the hurdles one has to cross or even putting at stake everything one owns, to create new possibilities and follow one’s passion.
Would I recommend this book?
If any reader is interested in the genre of Corporate Drama, then she/ he/ they can definitely check the book out.
It has a tone of romance and self-exploration as well for the readers of the respective genres.
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