Title: The Perfect Drug
Author: Chaitanya Saini
Publisher: Pakshi Publication
No. of pages: 454
Recommended for: All ages
Buddha meditated for six years, Shiva had his
mountain, Could there be a drug that could induce enlightenment? A drug that
could make you attain a heightened state of consciousness, gaining of a
perspective that perforates through this veil of Maya, revealing the divine in
you and others a well. Making you perceive that the problems of the world
aren’t global warming, air pollution, overpopulation, it is this global
demented state of consciousness, the demon of ignorance that has ingested this
whole wide world.
Ananya synthesizes this divine drink with immense difficulty and tends it with great care but with the attainment of power brings its use and abuse. In an attempt to beat the demon outside, he mutes all the voices contrary to his ambition including his much revered intuition. He fails miserably but his torture endures. Does his indulgence keeps Ananya entangled in the web of illusion or he emerges a true conscious being devoid of all attachments?
He has to discover the answer for himself.
Revolving around Ananya, the protagonist, The Perfect Drug is a modern take on a sci-fi novel, with also interspersed themes of self-help, spirituality, motivation etc. It is very much of a character driven novel, with some great characters with depth and wholeness.
We follow Ananya as he grows – firstly as a student of chemistry in St. Stephen’s College, and then his journey as he passes through the highs and lows of life. We see Ananya as a person full of ambition (and not in a bad way, at all), wishing to do something that would mark his name in the annals of history. We see him fall deeply in love, and in due time too, get his heart broken. But instead of feeling low, what is worth applauding is that he takes himself up and tries to invest all of himself in work – to create the perfect drug.
The characters of the novel with their own appropriate backstories, also gave much insight to the way they were and their actions. However, the only problem I found was that it was a long novel and maybe the author could have cut out some bits – the beginning was a bit long and boring, but I think if one can power through that, it won’t be difficult in enjoying the read. Also, the author tried to show the family picture but I think the many portions on the three sisters especially Guddu was unnecessary and a bit too much.
Having various themes like that of motivation, self-help, sci-fi etc. one may find that certain qualities of this book may endear it to a wide variety of readers. Again, there are many paragraphs on self-introspection and thus, spirituality, which I was not a fan f und=fortunately. But that is only a personal estimate.
The epilogue was quite interesting and makes the reader excited to see the story of Anushree. The author has done quite a bit of research for this book and it clearly shows. The writing style is easy and engaging, and easy to understand.
It was quite a good book and I rate it 4/5 stars.
About the reviewer:
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