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Book Review: Acts of Sanctification by Amitava Chaudhuri

Acts of Sanctification by Amitava Chaudhuri is a riveting general fiction book. It narrates the story of one common young man who plunges into the filth of politics unwittingly. Ultimately, the novel asks its question, is politics career for any one or does it choose its own pawn?


The story’s protagonist is Rohit. In fact, the novel tells the tale of this man right from college to getting into politics and much more. As you get deep in the story, Rohit’s story will surface inevitably and it will be tagging along with you. He came from a rich family. His father is a senior cop in Delhi Police. He studies engineering. Well, during college time, he gets close with one girl named Saanjh. Rohit goes too casually with her. She curses her for some revenge.

Rohit works in Saunnagar. He gains some popularity due to his helping nature to the fellow workers. However, the big thing knocks his way when one day he slaps the powerful MLA, Murliji. He is being dragged into politics war. But why did he slap that man is another story that roots back to his childhood agony.

The novel explores the journey of one common yet bold man into the world of politics. As you read the story of Rohit, you will get familiar with the challenges and opportunities that one seeks to hunt down a tough competitor. On the other hand, Murliji is a veteran of that constituency. Will Rohit be able to defeat him…even if yes at what cost. Other than Rohit, there are other characters like Rohini and Shailendra, they too play crucial roles in defining the path of their contestant Rohit. But the big question is, how Saanjh will take her revenge on Rohit when he is at the peak of his life and career.

The novel gains serious intensity towards end. In politics anything can happen but the miserable thing is that Rohit becomes the twig in the storm of politics. Does his existence or identity matter or the path he chosen to tread is nothing but a dead end.

It’s a good story with no redundancy. For sure, anyone looking for some offbeat yet contemporary literature can pick up this novel. The author did a great job by presenting a serious topic in a most credible story form. From writing to editing, all was well transpired. If politics, romance, and revenge fascinate you, this novel will entertain you to a great extent.

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