Love In The Time Of Life

Review of The Long Road – Journey Is The Destination…; Dr Vivek Banerjee; Cedar Books 2010; Rs 150; pp 178

– Shana Susan Ninan

Written by a doctor but not an academic tome. The Long Road is an aptly titled debut fiction novel by Dr Vivek Banerjee. He writes about something that’s close to his heart and his profession: the life of doctors. The Long Road traces the lives of a group of young doctors as they study in medical colleges and their lives post studies. The kind of issues the group face is varied – from long-distance relationships and wrong life choices to exhausting study schedules and daunting internships and work patterns.

Sometimes we spin our lives around our work, but at other times, we spin our work around our lives…. In the former, we end up having to sacrifice our lives way more than what we’re ready to. And, in the process, the cons are too many to handle. Rahul, Sagarika, Hina, Ranjiv and Sarika are friends who’re studying at the same institution. They discover the intricacies of life by going through happy and sorrowful times. Sarika is a perfectionist; her main aim is to study as much as possible, wherever or however possible. Rahul is after the love of his life, whom he lost once. Promising himself to mend his lazy ways, he follows her to her new college to regain her love.

Ranjiv is the typical rebel who is bent on listening to his heart rather than that of his overpowering father’s. Hina undergoes quite a change after she leaves her humble backgrounds to melt into the cosmo crowd. Their frenzied doctor life, exams and other vagaries do not leave much scope for a relaxed routine. It’s quite interesting to note how each of the characters in the book deal with the situations. Some succumb to circumstances, other rebel against them, and a handful define their own ways.

Vivek’s characters are in their early twenties and their energy levels are at a peak. This provides the reader with a good pace for reading. Add to this, the author’s fluid words and slight humour. The sentences read as if they’ve been written for the ear rather than for the eye. They’re very conversational.

This debut novel has some scope to explore the later lives of the characters. Vivek: hear, hear.


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  1. May 3rd, 2011 | Spana Kapil says:

    Nice review of an eminently readable book.

  2. May 3rd, 2011 | Osin says:

    IBR, you make the book sound pretty delectable. I am thinking of reading it.

  3. May 4th, 2011 | Ajay Gahi says:

    I agree with your take on the book. An honest book, I would say.

  4. May 5th, 2011 | Mini says:

    Wow! Super review. And I loved the novel.

  5. May 8th, 2011 | Saptak says:

    A true to life novel depicting the clash between personal and professional life. Well written review too. Keep it up IBR.

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