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Book Review: Samudran by A R Vikram

Certainly the novel Samudran is engaging and offers a whole new level of thrill. Unlike any other romantic thriller with more or less captivating contemporary themes, the storyline of this novel takes readers in near future and narrates them a tale of a young ordinary man who turned extraordinary for various reasons but love was the forefront theme.

Readers may take time to grasp the whole thing of the novel, as its story expanse is vast and changes dramatically post a mystery discovered by the lead character Samudran…in short named as Sammy by all. It starts with a research project for a small group of scientists, their head professor, and Sammy is the photographer with them. The objective of a small team on the island is to conduct scientific research about some medicinal herbs that can be used for disrupting medical needs.

At the beginning, Sammy and his colleagues Sangeetha and Karthik weren’t aware of the malign connection of their boss Professor Rajan with a renowned Indian pharmaceutical company. The story is set in future, but on island the group is tied, they have no direct access to internet or personal browsing. This obstruction works as a major factor that turns the novel into a crime thriller, though by skeins it looks more of a romance story taking place in a remote island.

The novel is back dropped against an island, may be in the Indian Ocean, with nearest land proximity to Tamil Nadu. It could be. However, the place is purely imaginative. The first part of the novel chugs ahead like a slow burn novel that mostly covers up the exciting rendezvous of Sammy and Meila, the daughter of a chief of Oksatan tribe. The island has a strict set of protocols for these people due to the rivalry between Oksatan and Yerthingans tribes.

By all means, even if the novel qualifies for romance or crime thriller, it has nothing stereotype. For instance, this novel doesn’t take you to the depths of heartbreaks, relationship intricacies, or a detective or cop working round the clock to unveil the suspects. If you understand that the major crime of the head professor is greed, which could ruin the life of tribal people of island. Sammy wants to save the island from the wrath of commercialization. By doing so, he would turn out helpful to Meila and her tribe.

Sammy and Meila’s love story offers a spectacular drama to the overall plot. On one side Sammy single-handedly takes the challenge to unmask the professor Rajan, on the other hand, he fights off the cultural gap demons to get love of Meila in his life. From second part onwards, the excitement level of readers is surely to rise. From emotions to drama to tribal insights, the novel is calmly narrated. The novel cannot be summed under one genre, it has mingling of quite a number of subthemes that pop up from time and again as more we try to familiar with island and its checkered history.

A R Vikram’s characters are relatable, one moment they are bored by the banality of the island jungle, next day they get into palavers of marriage and life philosophy for hours. The more you read them, the more of their intense different personalities will fascinate you.

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