A Drizzle in the Desert – P C Balasubramanian
Genre: Indian Fiction
Published: September 2018
Swathi’s Rating: 4/5
Verdict: A new age fresh genre to binge read over the weekend.
Abhi has no reasons to complain – he lives in the Land of the Dreams, the United States of America. He is working in a large retail conglomerate and has the trust and respect of his management. He is being offered the opportunity to set up India operations for the company. His best friend from IIT is his colleague. He is married to the girl he loves. And he has an angel for a daughter.
And yet, he suddenly finds his life spiraling down. His wife Anjali suspects him of having an affair with his bestie, Deepali, who is undergoing marital problems. And she does not like Abhi’s father Sundaram dedicating his life to an unrelated person Vasudevan – a man whom even Abhi loves like a father.
Abhi is also burdened by a request – Vasu’s last wish that Sundaram hopes Abhi will be able to fulfill.
Will Abhi be able to fulfill it? Will Anjali understand and accept him? Will Deepali find happiness?
Will there be a drizzle in the desert, will life bring back the lost happiness.
Bala has authored three books so out of which two were as lead author. The titles are Rajini’s Punchtantra, Grand Brand Rajini – both these books deal with business and brand management with Rajinikanth in the backdrop and Rajini’s Punchtantra is a national best seller. His passion to tell a story resulted in his first fiction titled ‘Ready Steady Exit’, a book packed with humour, romance, nuances of a start-up entity and suspense.
Bala is the Executive Director & President of Matrix Business Services India P Ltd – India’s largest integrated Business Assurance Company having presence across the country. Bala is a speaker as well and he has been addressing corporates, colleges and other communities on invitation. Bala can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The main characters including Abhi’s family, Deepali and Karthik, Sundaram and Vasu are very well developed. There is detailed descriptions of their lifestyle and sentiments are involved so the reader gets to love or despise each of them. The story of a family is very sensitive and the author has made sure to display the right amount of emotions to tangle with the plot. The story is uplifting and compassionate when a family man tries his best possible to fix his family back.
I’ve had mixed feelings while rating the storytelling skills of the author. That’s mainly because of some extraordinary prose in major parts of the book that I really enjoyed, and some parts needed better editing. I adored the writing, especially when the narrative deals with the issues within the family and his marriage. The author has done an excellent job to keep the consistency in pace of the story making it a very quick read. I read it in a single sitting.
A perfect binge read for the lovers of family drama with the right pinch of romance.
Thanks to Vinfluencers for a copy. All opinions are honest and they’re solely mine.