Author: Vipin Kumar
Aditya is known as Ram Kumar 125 – a name given to amnesiac patients in a ‘Mental Hospital’. He doesn’t have amnesia; he just doesn’t want to go back to the world he knew before. His inmates include: UT – the brilliant former CEO, Rajesh – software engineer and Jacky – Doctor in theoretical physics. Amongst these ‘crazies’ Ram Kumar 125 discovers himself, the true Aditya, and the secret of happiness. He finds the mysterious and precious “bluest marble” he has been unconsciously looking for all his life.
With portraits that both touch and disturb, corporate politics, Mumbai night life, Dalal Street, lower-middle-class Delhi and psychological “illness”, The Bluest Marble is a sensitive exploration of young urban aspirations and angst in the age of economic turmoil.
I had won the book in a Goodreads Giveaway. 🙂
The Bluest Marble, the debut novel of the author – Vipin Kumar, is the story of Aditya, a brilliant young man who leads a regular life. But soon everything that is close to his heart slips from his hands – his girlfriend, his job, his closest buddies and eventually even his family too. And thus begins Aditya’s struggle to find a meaning to his life.
All that happens in Aditya’s life is shown as a flashback when he narrates his story to his soulmate. Events of his life as narrated in the novel are very much seen in real life and are relatable in many ways. As soon as the shocking twists and turns in his life starts to unfurl, the readers will witness the realities of life and realize how hard they hit us. When the biggest disappointment to him comes from his family, Aditya could not take it anymore and decides to end his life. But he fails in this too and lands up in a psychiatric ward of a hospital because he pretends to have lost his memory. It was kind of sad to find Aditya reach a stage where he did not want to return even to his home. But the hospital is where he finds out one important life-lesson – being happy is more important than making or keeping people happy.
Final Words: Overall a good book by a debut author and a book that gives insights into life with simplicity along with a good storyline.