A Journey Gone Wrong by Gita Viswanath is an engrossing novel built around past deeds, family allegiance, and teenage romance. The novel focuses on these aspects that have deep effects in our society. As you chug ahead with the story, you will get familiar with deep-rooted and rudimentary aspects that lay the foundation of a family for the generations to come.
The novel first sheds light on Krishna. How he came out of Gajulupur to Bangalore and then moved in his professional life in Bombay and also visited the USA for studies. For much time, it looks that he is the lead character but soon we get introduced to Rohini, a software professional from Mumbai. She is the daughter of Krishna. When she goes to the USA, she discovers unknown secrets of her father Krishna. It was shocking to some extent. Krishna was in the USA for studies. While being there he met with an Italian lady Elena.
The author focused much on family values of two times when Krishna was growing and then his children, especially Rohini. The generational gap is evident. In the USA Rohini has a good time. She travels a lot to discover places and people but when she gets in touch with Elena, life throws a tantrum of secrets at her. Will she be able to digest the secrets of her father’s past deeds? Anyway, she doesn’t keep quiet and when she returns home, Krishna and others are emotionally disturbed and guilty and have to make many adjustments to keep the life back on a normal track.
The author has put a lot of detailing of customs, daily chores, and places and so on. Love is also one of the themes in the story. Rohini tries to find that in Akshay. But little did she know that love doesn’t stay the same nowadays. The novel relates well with the Indian families and their inside issues like generational gap. It also reflects on the rapidly evolving status of the youth of today’s times and the transient changes in the value systems of the time.
The novel moves at a measured pace, be comfortable and take your time to enjoy reading sessions. Gita’s language usage, narration and writing skills are good that doesn’t sound ordinary. Overall, it's a compelling read.
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