Wednesday, March 1, 2017

#545 : Dawn at Dusk by Gaurav Sharma : Review

Plot Summary

Millionaire scion Aradhaya has just lost his parents and is cheated by the woman he marries. On a rebound he falls for Sambhavi, renowned writer and professor. She lays her terms, driving him to give up too soon. To recoup from dejection, he leaves his house and starts to live in a recluse, working with complete strangers to bring about a positive change in their area. Does Sambhavi accept Aradhaya now? 

The Cover

A simple and neat cover which depicts the protagonists against a simple backdrop. The cover does give subtle hints about the story.


Having read the writer's previous works, I had very high expectations with respect to  characterization. His previous work was spot on in this department. However, this book disappointment me a wee bit. Aradhaya's characterization was perfect with enough flaws and strengths exposed, but Sambhavi's character seemed way too superficial. Her core character of being strong lacked that conviction for me. In fact, her character paled out in comparison with Aradhaya's character. I would have preferred a bit more depth for Sambhavi's character

What Worked

The unusual story, the philosophical conversations and the love triangle. The first half of the story which involved all characters was quite captivating to read. The writer seems to have evolved a lot from his first book. The language and general writing seems to be much better with this book which made it a tolerable read. 

What could have been better

The pacing slacked mid way. The initial setting did leave the writer with enough scope to steer the story with a much faster pace and a different direction, but the writer choose not to. Also, the whole love angle between a teacher and a student seemed way too cliche to me. The part where Aradhaya goes into recluse, but ends up building an entertainment park seemed a tad unrealistic and not conforming to the plot setting the writer initially put up. He ends up doing good using his surname and father's money. It's not his own money. Agreed that he had the intention to do good in first place, but the means of doing it does confirm to the ideals the writer set in the first part of the story. The climax seemed a tad too hurried and could have been structured better. 

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