Blurb: A well-to-do business family, whose members are torn apart by a turbulent father-son relationship shrouded in mistrust, suspicion, and contempt for one another a result of the vagaries of the son’s mind and its maladies suffers silently. Well-wishers fear that Badri is suffering from a mental derangement, and is on the brink of wiping away his father, Siveswara’s hard-earned fame and fortune. Unaware of the boundless periphery of its affliction, descendants of the five-generation lineage are confounded with an enigmatic and stigmatizing battle of their lifetime which they have to decode and overcome in order to ensure the well-being of the ensuing generations.
About the author: Hyma Goparaju is a management professional based in Hyderabad. She dabbled quite a lot in creative writing while at school and college, which remained dormant for a long time to come until she took the plunge to pen her first novel, The Withering Banyan . She hopes to write more.
Review: I got this book from the author, in exchange of a review. The story of this book is around schizophrenia – a mental disorder often characterized by abnormal social behaviour and failure to recognize. The illness gets passed on to the following generations and in the story a hostile environment pushes the disorder further down the family line. The novel advances from the pre-independence times to the present era. The withering banyan is a tale of rise of Marri family, and its gradual fall due to Schizophrenia, till Natya, the granddaughter of the Marri family, comes to the rescue of the family. It’s truly a fictional book. I found this book interesting but in some parts of the book its boring as it became lengthy at times. I appreciate the author Hyma Goparaju, for such a good narration of the past, and other of the present which she converges at the end to complete the story. Apart from being boring in bits and little, I found the author used too many adverbs and adjectives in the narration which could have been shortened. I highly recommend it to all those readers who have fondness for English language.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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