I AM NOT GUILTY: BOOK REVIEW
- Author: Harish Sharma
- Release: December 20th, 2017
- Pages: 102
- Genre: Fiction
- Publisher: Notion Press
- Language: English
- Audience: Beginner reader
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I wanted to be arrested, not killed by a bullet. We are thankful for all the Indian television channels’ breaking news support during 26/11. No terrorist attack is possible in India without us or our support. Whether it’s the burning of the Godhra train or Samjhauta express blast; I am guilty of not killing 500 Indians.
I am not Guilty- Kasab is a fictional biography of terrorist Kasab who was captured during the unfortunate incident of attack of 26/11 in Mumbai. The book is the conversation between Kasab and Sweta who is a journalist. The last wish of Kasab was to have his biography written before his sentence of death is executed.
Well known journalist Sweta is assigned this job of interviewing and interrogating Kasab and penning down his biography. During the conversation between Kasab and Sweta, he discloses some very disturbing details about his childhood. It is evident that Kasab was a heartless child who was brain washed later to become a ruthless killer. Kasab expresses no remorse for killing hundreds of people and considers his actions as God’s work. Kasab is extremely proud of killing innocent people and even considers killing people in Pakistan to test bombs ethical. Finally Sweta makes some shocking revelations to him just before his sentence is executed and definitely had a last say in their last conversation
The main characters are Kasab and Sweta since most of the book is the conversations between them during the interview for research of his biography. Kasab is a ruthless character with no consideration of human life. He considers himself to be very cunning and claims to be part of the master mind group behind major terrorist tragedies in India. He is heartless and he is aware, almost proud of it. Sweta is a successful journalist. She is very confident and great at taking interviews and getting desired information.
The character development is very simple. There is not much to be expected in terms of depth or relatability of the characters. This makes the reading monotonous and predictable.
Language used is extremely simple and beginner friendly. In fact, I came across several grammatical and spelling errors that kind of put me off. Articulation of the sentences could have been better and use of descriptive or expressive phrases could have made it much interesting to read.
There is a single narrator, Sweta but most of the book is dialogues between Kasab and Sweta. Hence there is almost no insight into the inner monologue or thought process of Sweta. The book is mostly compromised of dialogues between Kasab and Sweta with Kasab narrating his life story while Sweta questions him.
The plot line seems a lot inspired by the conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist groups and infamous incident of 26/11. The concept is interesting but not convincing enough to question whether this is truly a work of fiction.
The cover of the book truly represents the story with the illustrations of weapon and a noose. The font and presentation is very suitable and eye catching.
This book was a very short read with just 102 pages. I was able to finish it in one sitting. However, the plot lacks in story telling and narration. There wasn’t much suspense for me to make it a page turner but the thought process of a terrorist and his take on things was interesting to read. I wish the narration and editing was better and that could have substantially improved the book. But definitely a good effort by a debut author. Beginner readers with interest in this genre would enjoy reading it due to easy language and simple narration.
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