There is a question that most of us fail to understand, why does God target people to keep troubling them for the whole of their life?
For a long time, even I wondered the same as many people I know of were in a constant whirlpool of problems. But I never tried looking at the situation from another perspective.
What if these problems only came in the way to teach us how to be strong and brave?
To think on those lines, Author Kalyan Nanda, has given an amazing opportunity through the book called: The Soft Target.
Name: The Soft Target (Click on the name to be redirected to Amazon page)
Author: Kalyan Nanda
Publishers: Notion Press
About The Soft Target:
Mohan Mishra is one of a kind person with a “blessed” or rather “differently blessed” by a weird kind of mental disorder.
He is a genius in mind, but when he opens his mouth, the only thing that gets out is gibberish. He cannot share what passes through his mind. This is the reason he is targeted and humiliated in every avenue possible. Even then he doesn’t lose hope. But God has planned something for Mohan.
He puts Mohan on another trial, taking away everything precious to him and testing him against many odds, but Mohan survives this every time. He also meets Nikhil and Brij, his supporting pillars through life who does not care that he sprouts nonsense. They cherish him for who he is. When life starts getting smoother…….
God enters as the villain!
He puts Mohan yet again on the biggest trail of his life, where Mohan has everything to lose. Will Mohan emerge unscathed? Will he choose the right path despite his problems? Will he take the easy way out?
My review of The Soft Target:
Brave is the heart that beats even when there is nothing left to fight for.
Initially, when I started the book, I was confused. The book felt like some Hindi television serial with different episodes showcasing Mohan and his woes. Also, bringing in Nihkil and Brij as different episodes I was wondering how it would turn out. But at some point in the story, all of it was clubbed together and made the story flow easily and made it very interesting.
But then again, no book is without a sin.
The things that irked me in the story:
- Brij. Yes, I hated that character initially. He is the symbol of cliché. Typical Bollywood roadside Romeo. From his commentary to his thinking, everything makes me want to scratch my hair out! He is that irritating. (But later there is a point where I pity him too, so no hard feelings)
- Bringing in Mumbai Mafia. How much filmy can the book get?
- Drugs, Alcohol and Guns. Why use them? Real Estate. But this sin can be forgiven, as the story woven around this is really interesting and makes the reader get hooked to it.
But wait, there are things that I really loved:
The soft target brings you the much-needed “Courtroom Drama!”. Here is the story where policers are not corrupt and public prosecutor is not an idiot. That’s breaking the stereotype. I like you, author!
Also, the research that went into movies, hospitals, Eminem, laws and IITian love stories, is highly commendable. Confused? What has Eminem got to do with Mafia? That’s the beauty of The Soft Target!
So considering everything said above, I rate the book 3.75/5 stars!
I thank Kalyan Nanda and Nishanth Joshi for providing a copy of the soft target, in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading it.