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Second Chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa- Review

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Second Chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • Pages: 190 pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Dr. Sandeep Jatwa
  • Publishing Date: 10th April 2017
  • Publisher: Educreation Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1618138022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618138026

Synopsis:

Shekhar Kapoor is a successful businessman who has never done a decent thing in his entire life. For him it is all about what he can get and how fast he can get it. He goes through life cheating and insulting people, even after he receives a mysterious telephone call from what is called the City of Justice.
Ignoring the cryptic warnings, Shekhar continues to live his life as he pleases, until one day, shortly after insulting a beggar in the street, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed.
And it is only when he is standing before the Bookkeeper, and being shown where his life had gone wrong, that Shekhar finally understands what life is all about.
But is it too late for him? Can he be given another chance, to undo all the wrongs he has done? Or is there a chance that Shekhar Kapoor can find redemption where there had previously been no hope?

Review:

This review contains spoilers, do not read it if you haven’t read the book yet (or if you are still reading it). I received this book from Vinfluencers in exchange for an honest review. Let’s discuss the positive features first. The best part of the book is off-course the protagonist. The story turned into an emotional roller coaster because of Shekhar. He takes the reader through the full spectrum of emotions ranging from anger, frustration, hate, disgust, dilemma, satisfaction, sorrow to finally happiness.

I hated Shekhar from the beginning of the story. At first I thought maybe there is something hidden in his childhood which turned him into such a monster. But soon it was clear that he was just a spoilt rich brat. I was in fact glad when he died. Nasty fellows like him should always get their comeuppance. What he faced in hell was not enough as his punishment. He should have suffered more because his sense of shame and remorse awakened after he saw the real face of hell.

Though clichéd, I enjoyed his rapid transformation also. The narrative was not dragged too much. By the end of the story I was happy and hopeful. Not for Shekhar but for the other characters whose lives changed for better because of him. My love-hate relationship with this character made the story interesting for me. It reminded me of Tolkein’s quote from Lord of the Rings, “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”

That being said, let’s talk about the negative aspects. The plot follows one of the most common clichés of fiction writing which weakened an otherwise good story. As soon as I started reading the book, it felt as if I have read it (or watched it) before. Though I enjoyed the initial introduction of City of Justice with a swanky restaurant and waiting lounge, the description of hell was not something new. There are few grammatical errors in the latter half which disrupted the flow of the story.

What bothered me the most was how all the loose ends were tied too perfectly in the end. I liked the part where Shekhar came back from hell and failed in his first task of saving the beggar. It finally filled him with so much remorse that he worked harder to undo his wrongdoings. But in the end merely to prove that Shekhar has fully repented for his sins, it was revealed that she did not die. Also Unnati’s character was not well defined. She went through an invasive surgery and her boyfriend dumped her at the same time. Yet she never expressed any feeling of sorrow. She instantly moved on to Shekher and started behaving as a much-in-love woman without any hesitation. Their love story should have been developed more.

Overall its a decent story with simple language and profound moral lesson. If you are looking for a quick read then this book is apt for you.

My Rating- 3/5

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