Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.
When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family's blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amit Sharma's first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications. The book launch happened on 12 Jan 2016 in the World Book Fair in Delhi.
Amit has been working in a Software Firm since the last ten years. He lives with his family in NCR. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travelers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
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My Review :
I received a free copy of this book from the author in return of my honest review.
The story line of False Ceilings travels through generations … from past to well into future.
The main protagonist of the story is a wooden almirah with holds a secret compartment in its ceiling. And this secret compartment hides a secret wrapped in a yellow piece of cloth, which is handed down from one generation to other not as a blessing but as a cursed piece of possession. False Ceilings starts in an era where each household used to have secret cellar in a room or a compartment in their almirah or bookcase.
False Ceilings is a little slow read, with characters from each generation going into flashback in past or fast forward in future. The author has incorporated many pre-independence and post-independence era happenings and many other incidences which had happened nationwide, which had caused uproar in lives of many people in past. The way author has used them is his story to show how the characters have been affected or influenced by those incidences is noteworthy.
The author has also depicted various relationships of a family and how it effects the next generation in creating an opinion about that person or individual.
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