Perfect Eight – Book Review

Perfect Eight by Reema Moudgil is a haunting story of someone born to parents who are totally opposite in what life has dished out to them.

Her mother is a refugee from Pakistan who came to India at the age of 5, brought up grudgingly by a family friend. Ever sensitive of her position in the lives of people around her, her outlook of life is rather grim. She never trusts happiness when it finds its way to her.

Her father, on the other hand, is a very cheerful guy who can sing a happy song at any given situation.

The story is also about her love for Samir, the boy whom she sees periodically during her stays in Anneville, his home.

The story travels easily from Pakistan to Kanpur to Ambrosa to Bangalore… The narration never loses pace even for a paragraph…

I think revealing the protagonist’s name in the last page of the book is a stroke of a genius!

The characters in the book, their pain, longing, happiness… everything is so real.

The language is lucid & poetic…. really touched a chord in me. (Imagine if  one can smell grief!)

Loved reading this book & I reccommend it strongly to people who love reading Indian authors.

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!

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9 Comments

  1. anush said,

    July 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the book after such a review.Please also to be sending the review to bookventures

    sure, anush! will do! 🙂

  2. kusublakki said,

    July 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I hope I can get my hands on this book soon!

    please do! but it is very sad in places….

  3. July 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Hey that was fast reading Padmaja. I thought the book was out a few weeks ago. I’ve liked Reema’s journalistic writing so far. Must catch this one now.

    actually I think it was released last year! i got myself a dog-eared copy from my library! 🙂 I haven’t read any of her journalistic writing yet.. i must! 🙂

  4. idlichutney said,

    July 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I’ve come to trust your reviews over time, so will check this out soon

    thanx! tell me what u think after u read it! 🙂

  5. Uma said,

    July 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Sounds interesting. I like the way you’ve described the mom – “She never trusts happiness when it finds its way to her.” ..sums up the character so well.

    I’ve made a note to pick it up next time…

    Btw, first time here…

    thanx for dropping by! hope u enjoy the book as much as i did! 🙂

  6. reema moudgil said,

    July 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Hi, thanks so much for reading my book and loving it. I value a reader’s opinion more than a critic’s because a reader reads without an agenda :)..do visit http://perfecteight.blogspot.com/ because I have recorded the journey of the book in it. Thanks again..cheers, god bless,
    Reema Moudgil

    hi! thanx for dropping by! i’m honoured! 🙂

  7. reema moudgil said,

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    and it was released not last year..but this year..:)

    oh! the book i’d borrowed from the library looked like it was well-thumbed! goes to show how many people enjoyed your book! 🙂

  8. Shanti said,

    August 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Nice review..

    How come no review about the Ramayana series by Ashok Banker? I liked the first two.. How about the rest?

  9. srisarts said,

    September 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I love reading books by Indian authors, so I’ve added this to my growing list of books to read 🙂

    🙂 I finished 3 more books after that, but yet to post a review!


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