“It is alright to cry”- says the soothing voice from the Helpline. And the choked emotions come to the fore filling the line with his sobs… eventually making him confident enough to start reading his ancestor’s memoirs. From 1857 to 1984… the story of Delhi seems interwoven with his family history. It is a city that provided him with shelter, yet never was quite the home he yearned for.
‘Roots’ is the story of Ganesh, a priest and astrologer who makes a living predicting others’ future. Unknown to him, fate has woven a strange twist into his life. Concurrently, ‘Roots’ also tells the story of his hometown doomed to lose its existence in the march towards development. Who wants this development? Do the residents have any say regarding their future? Can there be any compensation for losing one’s home and hearth?
A suicide, a dam, a reality show… all come together in this gripping tale of longing and displacement that tugs at the heart for what could have been...
Indian English writing
Ratings & Reviews
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Roots - a saga of love and longing
Rahul Bhatt is no Milton, obviously. But his attempt to create a parable of loosing and regaining paradise is really praiseworthy. From a majestic historical background , through the tale of a city doomed to die at its birth , to the most basic human emotions of love, loss and longing , the story takes you on a dreamy path , just like the bedtime tales of your childhood. As a first time author, he demonstrates sufficient maturity of the subject, at the same time, disarming the reader with his...
The book will relive many great moments for a highlander. Amazing story line, nice plot with characters that we often come across in our daily life. This helps in connecting with them and author has weaved his story very nicely around all these people.
Never in my dreams had I thought that I will relive those last moments of my early youth , spent in an agitated trance and agony, among the last ruins of my hometown , doomed to be engulfed by a massive dam of demonic proportions. But after reading Roots , I almost felt like emotionally drained all over once again. And I sincerely thank the author for this.