When The Signal Turns Red

Title: When The Signal Turns Red17338529
Author: Jayanand Ukey
Publisher: Alchemy Publishers
ISBN: 978-81-8046-085-2
Number of Pages: 198
Price [INR] : 175
Genre: Fiction

Synopsis :
A global ordeal
A couple in distress
The struggle to keep afloat
Prudent thinking in tumultuous times

Girish and Prajakta are in love. Very soon Girish will be joining the numero uno IT company of the country. He prepares himself by buying expensive clothes and other accessories he had always dreamed of. He and Prajakta have together planned to build on a good bank balance and then meet each others’ families to talk about marriage, probably after a year or two. Unexpectedly, the families get involved before Girish can join the IT company. Against all odds, the couple manages to convince their family and an engagement date is fixed. But destiny has other things in mind. A global catastrophe mars their plan which leads to the engagement getting annulled.

Will Girish find a way out of his predicament?
Will he ultimately win Prajakta’s hand or will he move on in life, learning to live without her?

What I Liked: When the Signal Turns Red is a realistic and contemporary love story. The book is written in a very simple and plain language. It is a casual read which you can finish in an hour or so.

What I Didn’t Like : The story line is very predictable. A young couple is out of college with jobs in their hands through campus recruitment  They decide to get married, their parents oppose and then they agree. They lose their jobs and then the parents back out again and then a villain enters the plot and in a very filmy style the love birds are united again.

The book has a lot of detailed description of a lot of inconsequential things with repetition of many phrases. For example, ‘they sat at their regular corner’, ‘he saw ‘Prajakta cell’ calling on his cell phone’ or ‘he searched for ‘Prajakta Cell” from the list of dialed numbers’, are mentioned many times in the book. The characters are addressed as Mr Khedekar, Mrs Chitre which kind of sounds odd when reading a story.

The end was too dramatic and very hurriedly written.
To sum it up, When the Signal Turns Red is a book which could have been better.

Rating : 2/5

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16 thoughts on “When The Signal Turns Red

  1. Have a review copy with me, in fact read 4-5 pages and found it average so postponed reading it…sigh!! unfortunately will have to read it coz ek baar jo maine commitment…;)

  2. The book ounds so meh…Do you finish reading the book even if you are not liking it? I usually stop reading if the language and the story don’t appeal to me in the first two chapters.

    • This was sent by the author so had to read and review!! Just like Smita… commitment is a commitment! 😀
      I have 2 books which are in this stage… read few pages and left 😛

  3. I’m obviously not going for this.
    Will someone suggest me some good book in the market these days? All the reviews that I read today have been disappointing. May be God has plans to save my pocket money, even if I don’t 😀 😛

    • Agree, it is disappointing. Author, publishing house team, editors, friends, family, so many of them would be reading the manuscript before it is printed and still they decide to print… I guess there must be an audience who loves reading mediocre stories!

  4. As always, your review is balanced, Shilpa. I got a message from this author through goodreads asking me for the address and he would send a free book for review. But was wondering if it is a spam.

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