Book review – Broken Diamonds (Spoiler Free)

“It’s okay. Don’t stress yourself. Like I said, this was a game to test this CV, which I’m gonna correct right now.” With two pen strokes, Hitesh scratched out the line of ‘thinking outside the box’. “Make a more real one next time. But I’m not sure you’d be needing one soon enough.”

  • Title: Broken Diamonds
  • Author: Ajay Tulsiani
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages: 370 pages
  • Publication date: July 19, 2017

Ajay Tulsiani brings a powerful story to life with his book, Broken Diamonds. It focuses on the life of Samar, a man trying to get his life back together. He has many intrusive thoughts that try to strain him along the way. However, after his coworker Parag talks about committing suicide, Samar decides to turn his life around with Parag.

The story in general is inspiring. To anyone who has dealt with anxiety and/or intrusive thoughts, Samar is a relatable character. It’s easy to get lost in his story. His introspective thoughts drive the story far.

However, no story is perfect. Many character names are thrown at the reader from the beginning. It also can be difficult to keep up with the names if the reader is not from India since they are unfamiliar. This set back does get better after the first few chapters, but it does take a bit.

Since the story takes place in India unlike many books from where I’m from at least, it provides an insight into a foreign culture. It’s interesting to see how life goes on similar, but different in another country.

Overall, the book is a good read. It may be a little long and a slow start, but the ending is worth the wait. I’d recommend this book.

Score: 6/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4/5

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