Author: Jayanand Ukey
Publisher: Alchemy Publishers
Number of Pages: 198
Price [INR] : 175
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