Friday, October 18, 2013

Review- Love, Films and Rock 'n' Roll by Swayam Ganguly


Fate throws together three young men travelling on a train from Jamshedpur to Kolkata. 
Sunil is a graduate from FTII who wants to make a mark in Tollywood by directing his first feature film. 
Sameer aka Sam, is a software professional working in Silicon Valley. 
Dipankar aka Dipsy, decides to focus on music after being expelled from IIT on a false charge of peddling drugs.
Dilemmas, disillusionments and desires blend to tell their tales in this delightful novel,which although reflective of the carefree ways and the fun loving spirit of the younger generation also attempts to encourage them to incorporate the sense of values which are synonymous with our Indian culture.
And they bind one and all through Love, Films and Rock n Roll!


Love, Films and Rock n Roll is the story of three young men who unexpectedly form a friendship while travelling together on a train from Jamshedpur to Kolkata. The story shows what's happening with each person and moves forward. I really enjoyed the book as it was different from what I usually read.

Sunil is a graduate from FTII. He wants to direct quality films in Tollywood. We see his journey where he learns from his experience on the sets of a movie. I really liked Sunil. He was a nice, hardworking guy trying to work in the business. I loved his story with Tanya. The long distance relationship they have in no way deters them from being together in the end.

Then there's Sam who's come back to get an arranged marriage. I think I liked his story the best of all. Sam was a fun guy with wit and sense of humor. It just so happens that he falls in love with Sonali, the matchmaker who's supposed to find him a bride. Sonali and Sam were great together and independently. I wish we'd gotten more of them.

And last but not the least there's Dipsy. He's a musician trying to make big with his band. There is ton of stuff about the Baul culture in his story. Here is where I have a slight complaint. The author has gone very in depth where this is concerned. It was interesting but the too many details dragged his parts a bit for me. I wanted to know more about Dipsy himself and his issues.

Love, Films and Rock n Roll is filled with abundance of all three. I loved how the author incorporated song lyrics in the way the guys thought and spoke. That was fun. The pace of the book is nice. The writing is easy and engaging. Though a little predictable, Love, Films and Rock n Roll made for an enjoyable read.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Alchemy Publishers in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

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