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Book Review: Choked! by Bharath Sarma Rejeti

Title: Choked!
Author: Bharath Sarma Rejeti
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Partridge India(December 17th 2013)
Genre: Fiction
Read: Paperback
Stars: ***/5
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Summary: (Goodreads)

What will you do when someone chokes you off?

It happened to him, a victim of a conspiracy. He was all alone, vulnerable, and pitted against the mighty and juggernaut, but being strong was the only option he had. He knew that it would be difficult to win, but quitting the fight would be devastating. He had too many things at stake – a non-negotiable promise, his land, life, and livelihood.

Unrelentingly, he began the revolt with just an indestructible desire to win. It was indeed a war between two unique men – one preferred to confront head-on, and another chose to be invisible. The war was also one of its kind – the victory was not in plotting violence but in terrorising the enemy.

This is the story of a small businessman who was pushed to fight with a corporate gorilla.

My Review:

Note: Thanks Bharath Sarma Rejeti for offering me your book to read and review :)

Cover: Confusing!

Paper and font: Black and White

Readability, language: Easy on the eyes and mind.

Why did I choose this book: The premise of a fight of small businessman vs corporate gorilla sounded interesting.

One morning out of the blue, Aditya loses everything he and his father have built over two generations. His business is suddenly shut down and he is left on the streets. Like a bigger fish eats little fish, his business has been snatched from him by a bigger businessman. After a period of mourning Aditya decides to take up the fight and goes after the big shark to take revenge. Will he win and how will he do it is the story.

The title ‘Choked’ started to make sense after I had read the book. The cover confused me before I started the book. The smoke in the image along with the title had me thinking that the story was about factories and fires. But the blurb dispeled this misconception with a cryptic intro to the story.

The plot itself may not be new, a wronged hero taking revenge is an age old plot but set the old story in new Bangalore and things change. The conflict between the two businessmen is clear within the first few pages of the book, and the rest of the story revolves round the two adversaries.

Set in Bangalore for the large part, the story also moves around to Chennai, Mumbai, and Silluru to support the story. Rejeti’s knowledge of the layout and recent history of Bangalore city shows when he mentions and uses landmark establishments around the city in his story.

Aditya and Singhania the two adversaries of the story seemed true to what I know of business men. Aditya seems the type of man who buckles easily under strain but he comes back to fight with a vengeance. I would have liked to have got to know of more about Singhania. His character seemed really strong and colourful. There are other characters too, some taking an active part in the story while others like Aditya’s family made for good decor.

The story is evenly paced and builds toward the climax. Rejeti’s has put in some surprises and twists but none of them performed well enough to take my breath away. I also did not notice any sub-plots as such but neither did I notice any loose ends.

Choked is Indian and very Bangalorean in every way. The language of writing and the dialogues of the characters are very colloquial and local to Bangalore. It almost like you are reading a book translated from Kanada or Hindi to English. Rejeti also uses some Kanada and Hindi to add to the dialogue. All non-English dialogues in the book have translations though.

A short and fast book, Choked is easy on the mind. Though the book is readable by all ages, I think the younger crowd in the late twenties will enjoy it more. I would have liked the story to have been a bit tighter but over all it’s not bad.

If you like stories with business complications and conspiracies, you will enjoy reading Choked. Especially if you are Bangalorean or have lived in Bangalore for a while.

About the Author:
Bharath Sarma Rejeti is a marketing professional and works in a software company in Bangalore. Choked! is his debut novel. You can find out more on the book’s facebook page

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P.S. – Day Eighteen of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

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