Journey Through Heart
This is Vivek’s debut novel—short in size, very lucid in narratives and crisp in plotting the events. Altogether these specialties give the book a fascinating touch and enable readers a pleasant read. The Reverse Journey is a kind of book, normally written with the real-life experiences and to a great extent, reveals the inner world of its author. The same is true here. Author himself is in the centre as an IIT graduate heading for the new resilient professional world in India and finally abroad in the US. Here the protagonist reached the desired level of professional ladder in working with a top consultancy firm. But it’s the heart which overpowers the mind and further journey begins for home. Story is simply crafted but the protagonist’s state of mind aptly signifies the complexity of Indian expatriates. For them working overseas falls in dream coming true slot but once they land in an alien location, suddenly a cultural emptiness keep them awake towards the newly-found existence. This in most cases resulted with better compatibility to his/her motherland and a sort of only formal dwelling with the working foreign land. So, at some level, differences started getting visible between the reality and perception.
I will say that such literary writings from the professionals is a healthy trend and deserves to get the appropriate attention of both readers and critics. This wave of newly-found writers marks the unprecedented height of Indian writing in the Queen’s own language. Even with their frugal lingual strength, the new genre of professional-turned-writers will keep floating high in the sea of literature as some of them have honest feelings to tell. And those feelings are essentially in need by the modern world. Vivek has such keenness for observing the human acts. That’s obvious in the way, his protagonist chooses the motherland full with systemic shortcomings over a furnished international location known for living in material dreams. Not a dualist mind can imagine such a pious favour for a heart-led decision.
The author has himself shown that its averseness to struggle that causes most of the lust-laced complications. Here, he leaves a grand message to the Indian middle class standing on the verge of complete myopia for listening to their inner calls, which may be closer to the rational choices. Profession or any discipline of working can’t be to blame for big mess around everywhere. After all, that’s the flawed policy manoeuvring which sizes up the make or mar from exotic corporate culture. After all, isn’t it panic to hear living in Bangalore being coded as “Bangalored” or the dialectism of bad human resource management, when an IIT graduate without knowing the software programming being exported to the US? In the same way, India exports the Basmati rice or Darjeeling’s best tea because any Tom, Dick and Harry likes these stuff being consumed in daily life?
In no manner, it should be confused as India’s triumph with its questionable overtures with the open global trade—like the protagonist of this novel. The new professional working class must stand with their basic rights and without ever fearing the potential sabotage of their career, as the industries can never afford losing them with valuable expertise. The Reverse Journey will sure bring forward a good message of ethical moving in the professional world.
By Atul Kumar Thakur