2040: The Battle for Life by Sanjay Mittal is an interesting novel that intrinsically explores the self-destruction traits of the human race. The book asks a question – can the people of earth live peacefully without causing trouble on the name of religions, ideologies, prejudice, and commercial interests and so on. And it tries to answer in an imminent future, not so far from today – 2040. The novel features Rohit as a protagonist. He runs and manages a news media channel – MwM. Other characters like Priyanka, Aditi, Shiva, and a few more are part of his life and profession. The story moves ahead in a controlled pace, with all these characters to play role as per the situations and circumstances. Since the lead guy is a newsperson, the novel has optimum scope of philosophical debate on a gamut of topics.
However, the broad theme of the novel dives in the issues related to nuclear and bio terror crises. The world is divided with Nato and the USA and their allies on one side, and terror groups on the other side. The technology has been advanced to an extent that even small countries, rich terror outfits have access to nukes and bio weapons. Rohit was twelve years old when the Covid pandemic devastated the world. But his concern is that the humanity didn’t learn its lesson from it. Even in 2040 the world is as contemporary as today, however, the problems leapfrogged. People want to have control over others and this lust is driving the world towards its extinction. The story picks up momentum when a nuke is dropped on a small African country. Though the destruction is at far away distance yet India worried what if it comes to them sooner or later. It has been shown that India is one of the superpowers in 2040 and it is her duty to tackle any issue that can put humanity at stake. Soon after the nuclear explosion, Rohit and his team begin covering up it extensively. The team pragmatically captures the mood of the nation on nukes. It will remind you of many news channels that go amidst the crowd to have poll-like conversations.
“This problem of terror is cropping up again and again, ever since I was born, I have been reading about it. Technology is so powerful now, any chota chuha has that power. We should defeat their minds and humiliate them.”
The novel has slightly romantic skeins as well. Rohit separated from his wife Aditi and is in close relationship with his colleague/co-anchor Priyanka. He shuttles between both, with Aditi in memories, and Priyanka in real life. Normally newsroom people narrate the events, increase their TRPs, and go on partying hard. Well, Rohit is different. He takes up the challenge to dig out the roots of terrorists that can possibly attack on India. And how did he do that is another story that runs in the backdrop like banter. It’s a moving lively story, characters are actively participating. They are judged, compelled, have to perform and much more for the sake of humanity. Sanjay’s storytelling is backed by superb narration, he takes us in future and shows how could our humanity and world look like in 2040. Highly recommended to all types of readers.
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Thank you Kevin! You have gone into the depth of the book!ReplyDelete