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Book Review: Honour For A Ransom

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Author: Rajnish Gambhir
Pages: 370
Publisher: Frog Books, an imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3/5
Title : 2/5
Blurb : 4/5
Theme : 5/5
Story : 5/5
Characters : 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
Overall : 5/5

  • Characters:
  1. Kartar- The protagonist
  2. Sarah- Kartar’s teenage love
  3. Rano- Kartar’s wife
  4. Dilawar- Kartar’s father
  5. Sukhwant- Kartar’s mother
  6. Nihal- Kartar’s younger brother
  7. Parminder- Nihal’s wife
  8. Simran- Kartar’s daughter
  9. Sher Singh- Simran’s love
  • Blurb:

April 13th, 1978. Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of ‘upholding family honour’.His ex-lover, Sarah Jefferson (a British psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste. Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unscrupulous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in the Punjab cabinet. Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an ‘affable-boy-next-door’ who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore… What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality? With the time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar – the only man she ever loved? A heartrending love story – Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames, and the unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.

  • Review:

Am I reading it right?“, “Did she actually rate a book 5/5?“, “I can’t believe she rated the book 5/5!” If your mind has been wondering with even one of these questions, I can bet that you are an ardent follower of my reviews – because I have never given a 5/5 earlier:) And just to be clear, it has nothing to do with this being my 100th book review! You’ll soon know why this book deserves the much sought after rating.

Honour For A Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir is the story of a Punjabi guy named Kartar Singh and his struggles through life. He portrayed his interest in literature at a very young age and his mother was the only one supportive of him, being an artist herself, painter to be specific. However, his father wanted Kartar to study agriculture and thus he was enrolled in the top school of London where he met Sarah for the first time at the Christmas Ball. They soon fell in love with each other and Sukhwant was happy for his son, unlike Dilawar, who played against all odds to get his son back to India and work for the family business. Sarah was understanding enough to let Kartar go, although she still loved him with all her heart.

Kartar was married off to Rano and an unintentional indulgence led to the birth of their daugher, Simran. It was only then that Kartar realized how kind hearted and understanding Rano was. Simran was a rebel since childhood. She would go against Dilawar’s orders and never be afraid to stand ordeal against her grandfather. She was a just, righteous and kind human who believed in equal opportunities for all and detested caste discrimination. She fell in love with one their stable boys, Sher Singh, and didn’t think twice before deciding to elope with the low-caste fellow when her family was about to get her engaged to a guy from their community. Love, for her, was above any other emotion and relation.

Dilawar, who was soon to be nominated as a candidate in the upcoming elections, couldn’t afford to bear the brunt of his granddaughter’s deeds and ordered to get her lover killed. Bound by the order of his father, Kartar had no other option but to shoot at Sher Singh, while Simran tried to protect her husband and the newly-weds were both smeared in blood. Kartar couldn’t come to terms with the fact his daughter was killed by him and hence confessed to the local police authorities. In lieu of his political situation, Dilawar severed all ties with his son, holding him solely responsible for the happenings. Meanwhile, Nihal’s treacherous wife Parminder was vying for being the lead in their family business, given that Dilawar would be busy with his political responsibilities post election. She left no stone upturned in ensuring that she reached the pinnacle of success; little did she know that her own actions would lead to her doom.

Kartar wasn’t surprised at his father’s behavior of disowning him and gave up all hope of being rescued, but his younger brother Nihal wanted to give it a shot. During the same time, Sarah visited India and was made aware of Kartar’s situation by the local newspapers. She sure had some plans which looked promising, atleast after understanding Dilawar’s nature through Kartar’s written work which he would divulge in, in the closed confines of his prison cell. His narration is bound to move every reader, connecting Dilawar’s current behavior with the situations in the past. Let’s see what the climax turns out to be.

The book has so much to offer that you’ll not have enough of it. The narration and story-line is so engrossing that I was in deep thoughts even minutes after finishing the book. This is one book which I strongly recommend to anyone who wants to read quality work, an unadulterated story and want some time away from reading the usual contemporary romances and suspense thrillers:)

  • Let-downs:

There was a lot of back and forth between present and past which made the narration a bit confusing. Unless you have an elephant’s memory, the large number of characters will surely have a toll at your remembrance.

  • Appreciations:

After a long time I got my hands on a book which made it difficult for me put my appreciation to words. Rajnish has made a splendid narration via beautifully crafted characters. The entire plot has been portrayed in a way that you can feel the characters living, breathing and thriving, speaking to you right from the pages of the book. All sorts of emotions have been covered in the book – love, hatred, betrayal, falling apart, fidelity, selfishness, et al; you name it and the book has it! Also, it is very rare to see Indian narration following the standards set by international literature, taking Indian literature to an altogether new height; Rajnish’s Honour For A Ransom is one of them. I am glad to have agreed to review this book. Thanks Rajnish for dispatching a copy to me.

  • Verdict:

Exemplar of Indian Literature writing (5/5)

Coming up next: Rajnish’s interview by me.

  • VOTE OF THANKS!

I was introduced to the literary world as an author in 2013. I soon realized that the life of authors is not as easy as it seems. All we yearn for is a little appreciation, someone to praise our efforts, and the satisfaction that we have made a positive impact in at least one individual’s life.

With these thoughts in my mind and belief in my heart, I resorted to reviewing books of other authors to encourage them in this journey, to lend a helping hand to the ones who needed guidance in writing, and be an inspiration to many. It has been 2 years since then and today I can proudly announce that I have reviewed 100 books, 98 of which are from Indian authors, of genres ranging from romance to contemporary, poetry to mystery, self help to cooking guides, and many more!

Reading such a varied range of books broadened my horizon of thoughts and taught me a great deal of the language. I soon began editing books as well, at prices much lower than the industry, with the sole purpose of helping the ones who put their heart and soul into writing. Each of these works needed polishing, vocabulary enhancement, and a lot more. I have successfully edited over 10 novels till date, Keeping the Promises by Dhruv Gajjarand You Are My Luck by Rajdeep Mittal to name a few. Thanks to the ones who believed in my command over the language, trusting me with something close to their heart.

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Book Review

Honour for Ransom

Book Introduction:
April 13th, 1978. Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of ‘upholding family honour’.His ex-lover, Sarah Jefferson (a British psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste. Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unscrupulous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in the Punjab cabinet. Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an ‘affable-boy-next-door’ who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore… What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality? With the time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar – the only man she ever loved? A heartrending love story – Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames, and the unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.
Review:
This is not just a book, this is a special book. I say that for a reason. Reason being the topic and gist of the tale so narrated. It is something we all have witnessed someplace in some way or the other. It is so common in our country that I am so sure that every one of us would be able to relate to this one book perfectly. And this is the reason that I call this book, “a special one.”
It is indeed rare in our country to choose a life partner on the basis of love. And of course, we are no alien to the concept of caste system, and things like “We live in a society, we have to abide by its norms” our parents say all the time. This is precisely the story of this book.
It talks about how Kartar is not able to marry the love of his life because of his rigid minded father, Dilawar and how Kartar is accused of killing his own daughter, Simran, for getting married to a man she truly loved.
The way Author has described every character is just out of this world. It gets as real as if you are watching a little movie inside the pages. The author has written the tale so beautifully, that we get to know about what goes on inside an individual’s head in a certain situation. At least, it has given me a learning of thinking about a certain situation from someone else’s perspective.
The use of grammar is pretty impressive and the narration keeps one glued to the pages throughout the entire 352 pages.
Recommendation:
Good printing quality, suitable cover design and so realistic story is good enough to fascinate anyone. I found this book pretty real and relatable and would surely suggest that one should read it.

Source :- http://naazfarhaa.blogspot.in/2016/06/book-review.html

Honour for a Ransom – by Rajnish Gambhir.

Well here I am, on my desk, trying to write a review for this book called “Honour for a Ransom” I just finished reading. Only a few moments have gone by and I am still looking at the book which is lying just by my side on the very same desk and seems like I am still in that world which the author created. He left no stone unturned to make this story wonderful. The way it has been written, the use of amazingly accurate grammar, which is clearly rare in today’s times and of course the most beautiful thing about this book is that it makes you a witness. A witness to all the drama that’s happening.
Author’s writing has such tremendous powers that it seemed as if all the characters were brought to life for real. I could picture everything clearly. In fact it wouldn’t be wrong to say that I was even able to develop a face for everyone, be it Dilawar or Kartar or Nihal or even Sukkha.
When my dad asked about what was I reading, I told him that it’s a tale that’s mostly set up in Phagwara and belongs to the time in which he was born, he borrowed the book from me for a moment, flipped through a few pages and while giving it back to me, he said “Give it to me when you’re done reading it”
So now, as I am writing this review, he is sitting right beside me with his spectacles on his nose and too much involved inside the pages, least bothered about the fact that my mother had to re-heat his tea twice, for he just simply forgot about the same.
In the end, I’d keep it simple and just say that it’s an excellent book with an amazing tale to tell. This is understandable that when we read a book, it stays with us for our life. I am happy that I read this one.

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Source :- https://djwanderingandexploring.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/honour-for-a-ransom-by-rajnish-gambhir/

Book Review – Honour for a Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir

Book Name: Honour for a Ransom
Author: Rajnish Gambhir
Publisher: Frog Books
Price: Rs. 375
Blurb:
April 13th, 1978
Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of ‘upholding family honour’. His ex-love, Sarah Jefferson (a British psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste.
Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unscrupulous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in Punjab cabinet.
Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an ‘affable-boy-next-door’ who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore…
What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality?
With time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar – the only man she ever loved?
A heartrending love story – Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames and the unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.
Review:
Honour for a Ransom is a kind of book that will leave the readers pondering about the story long after he has finished reading it. The incidents from the story have been narrated so realistically that the reader is sure to feel it happening in front of his eyes. The characters have been well sketched. The reader discovers things about the characters little by little, page by page and that adds beauty to it.
The book is divided into parts – each part telling the story in different character’s perspective. The form of narration differs – some parts have been narrated in 1st person narrative, while some in 3rd person. The reader is bound to find new words throughout – the book added more words to my vocabulary.
Honour for a Ransom makes a place in reader’s heart. The reader will feel love, anger, hatred and compassion for characters. Its a good book to read and recommended to all.
Source :- http://musingsofavivaciousheart.blogspot.in/2016/06/book-review-honour-for-ransom-by.html

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 Honour for a ransom is among the very few books that I consider worth a read by every person and atleast by the people of every casteist society. The author Rajnish Gambhir has done an incredible job by not only pointing out the reasons for such dogmas but also by portraying the scenarios that follow. Although the story expresses that the society plays a major role into mind conditioning people to be casteist(like Kartar, who is accused of honour killing while he himself had a past romance of the same kind.); a wider perspective of the same hints at the fact that none is born a casteist.

The plot of the story is based in Punjab but it also holds apt for the nearby states where Honour killing on the basis of caste still stands justified in the society. The author’s good research on the subject is evident by the dialogues used in the book to justify the killing (He’s just a bloody peasant with a sole aim to repeatedly **** your daughter.. Snatch her away from his lusty clutches before he makes a w**** out of her. – Honour of ransom, p.5 , para 2) . such and similar beliefs that are hard wired in the minds of people by constant mind conditioning become a frequent reason for such unfortunate instances.
The language, the flow, the story line is very nicely done. I say “A good book is a pleasure to read” and this book is the perfect description of the same. The editor has done a commendable job. Except for the frequent use of coprolalia,  I loved everything about the book and story. I will rate it 4.5 /5.
Review by: Dr. Prerna Singla. 
Author, Crown of Sekhmet.
Editor-in-chief Hall of Poets International ezine.
International Director, World Union of Poets.
KIBATEK media ambassador in India.

 Source :- http://reviewsbydrprerna.blogspot.in/2016/05/honour-for-ransom-by-rajnish-gambhir.html

Book Review-Honor for a Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir

Author: Rajnish Gambhir
Publisher: Frog Books
Printed Price: 375 INR.
Genre: Fiction/Romance

Blurb:
April 13th, 1978…
Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of ‘Upholding Family Honour’. His ex-love, Sarah Jefferson (a British Psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste.
Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unsculpturous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful miniater in Punjab cabinet.
Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an ‘affable-boy-next-door’ who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore…
What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality?
With the time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar- the only man she ever loved?
A heartrending love story- Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames, and unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.

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Review:
A story set up in an era when many of us were not grown up enough to understand what our country faced as a whole. A book that describes Pain. Take an example here, you have to choose amongst one of your hands, the other hand will be ripped off. What does it lead to? Pain. That pain is exactly what the author has described in this book. Soul Stirring, is the term for story.
Sneak peek in the story can be like a Father has killed his daughter, take again has killed his daughter for marrying an outcasted man. Kartar Singh – the same man who was earlier himself in spell of love just like his daughter is actually maneuvered by his politician father, Dilawar, to commit the crime.
Sarah- Kartar’s ex-love comes in the picture and in the sands of past finds out some shell-shocking facts about Dilawar.
Will the justice be served? This story of father-son dilemma, love, caste and partition is just nothing less than a page turner. Though the story seems to be bit elongated but it has not affected the story line!Positive Punches:
• Page turner! I was not able to put down the book. Completed it in one go!• Thick narration. Binds the reader.• Characterisation. Well described characters.Negative Nudge:
• A sharp nib editing could have helped.
• Book cover, could have been better.Although, the pace of story remains unaffected. It was an entertaining read!Source :- https://readingdelight21.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/book-review-honor-for-a-ransom-by-rajnish-gambhir/

Book Review: Honour for Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-9352013920
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers:Leadstart
  • Price: Rs. 375/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
April 13th, 1978. Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of ‘upholding family honour’.His ex-lover, Sarah Jefferson (a British psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste. Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unscrupulous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in the Punjab cabinet. Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an ‘affable-boy-next-door’ who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore… What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality? With the time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar – the only man she ever loved? A heartrending love story – Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames, and the unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.

Behind the book

 About the author ( in his own words: Source - Goodreads)

 
Born in Kolkata, I went to St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling and La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata before graduating in Commerce from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.Being an avid reader during my school and college days (reluctantly reading became a lesser priority as I acquired greater responsibilities!), I would often be awe-struck about how authors managed to magically weave interesting plots into engaging novels. I would be drawn to their charisma of creating life like characters whom one could so easily connect with! Such intriguing thoughts were inspiring enough to generate within me a passion to write random poems and short stories (all confined in my ‘secret diary’ though!).It was not until early 2007 that I took a decisive step forward to start penning my first novel, ‘A Passion Beyond Extremes’ (a romantic thriller published by Leadstart in 2013), followed by ‘Honour for a Ransom’ (a love story published by Leadstart in 2016).Needless to state, nothing has been more fulfilling than this wonderful journey of becoming a published author!

Me thinks

Whoever said never judge a book by its cover was right in case of this book. The cover of the book is a dampener but make no mistake. The blurb is of high potential and that is what makes a reader grab the book. The story having its roots in the pre-independence era is a page turner for sure. With well defined characters and a thrilling plot the author has a perfect read for any reader. The story revolving around honour killing is a stark revelation of the fact that not everyone is born a villain..The story had a lot of potential with some very strong twists and angles to it. The narration also was lucid ensuring a reader’s attention is held on till the last page. The author in an attempt to try something new perhaps confused the reader first when he tried to play with the narrative style by introducing alias for characters. This led to confusion. As if this was not enough there are a lot of portions which are repeated to an extent that you want to just flip the pages and get done with the story. There are also a lot of editing mistakes because of which reading is not smooth.
Moreover the detailing which I agree was necessary at some places makes this book a thick one compared to other short novels which needs a reader to be engrossed enough to reach the last page and enjoy the whole journey. Though there were a few drawbacks the overall experience of reading this book was good, it takes courage to write story on something so tragic and moving. The author managed to bring to life history when he spoke about Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the honour killing prevalent in Punjab or the India Pakistan partition. Hats off to him for his research on this story which has led to such amazing details which perhaps are otherwise lost in history books.Recommended read for its history, research and plot – this one is something that should not be missed!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Mango Barfi – a perfect combination of all the flavours of mango with various dry fruits for company.  Melts in the mouth (read: melts your heart)

 Source :- http://www.privytrifles.co.in/2016/05/book-review-honour-for-ransom-by.html?m=1

Book Review- Honour for a Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir

Book Name- Honour for a Ransom

Author- Rajnish Gambhir
Publisher- Leadstart Publications
Genre-  Fiction/Romance
Pages- 352
Price- ₹357

Blurb-
April 13th, 1978…

Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of ‘Upholding Family Honour’. His ex-love, Sarah Jefferson (a British Psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste.

Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unsculpturous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in Punjab cabinet.

Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an ‘affable-boy-next-door’ who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore…
What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality?

With the time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar- the only man she ever loved?

A heartrending love story- Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames, and unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.

Review-
Book Title and Cover- Book title is interesting, builds curiosity. Book Cover could have been better but it is suitable for the storyline. Both, Book Title and Cover catches the attention of the reader.

Language- Language of the book is impressive, with proper use of literature. Language makes the story reading an interesting experience.

Narration- Narration of the book is what made me turn pages. I read the book in one go. However the narration is too descriptive and thick, it could have been cut short by editing.

Storyline and Plot- Storyline and plot of the book is interesting. Blurb itself attracts the readers. Characters were properly justified with proper attention to every character as per demand of the story and hence it is a smooth read with a proper pace of the book.

There are some editing problems which should be fixed. Also the descriptive narration makes the book solid 350+ pages book. These minor problems should be considered in the 2nd edition of the book.

Ratings- 
Book Title and Cover- 3.5/5
Language Justification- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 4/5

Final Rating- 4/5

You can grab your copy from Amazon, Flipkart or any nearby bookstore.

Source :- http://raveechoicesofthoughts.blogspot.in/2016/05/book-review-honour-for-ransom-by.html
Honour for a Ransom by Rajnish Gambhir 
Year Published : 2015
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing House
Pages : 370
Format : Paperback
 Book Synopsis
“April 13th, 1978. Kartar Singh, an upper caste agriculturist, guns down his newly married daughter Simran and her lower caste husband, for the sake of ‘upholding family honour’.His ex-lover, Sarah Jefferson (a British psychologist) visits him in jail to discover that Kartar has been a victim of ruthless manipulation at the hands of his politician father, Dilawar Singh, who is known to unconditionally despise the lower caste. Vowing justice for Kartar, Sarah embarks on an intriguing mission, venturing to turn the tables against the unscrupulous Dilawar, who by now is a powerful minister in the Punjab cabinet. Curiously delving into his boyhood days, she is astonished to learn that young Dilawar was in fact an ‘affable-boy-next-door’ who too had a love life, having lost his heart to a beautiful girl in Lahore… What then caused this drastic transformation in his attitude and personality? With the time fast running out, can Sarah succeed in nailing Dilawar as the chief culprit for the honour killings? Will she be able to reunite with Kartar – the only man she ever loved? A heartrending love story – Honour for a Ransom unfolds through the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, horrifying hazards of partition, romantic strolls by the Thames, and the unbending complexities of the rigid caste system.”
                                            My Review
Rajnish Gambhir  , Honour for a Ransom is a story which revolves around a heart wrecking  journey of love and confession , a story about how a gullible heart changes completely after a merciless incident that occurred in his/her past life and how the old customs laid down in our society drastically effects our lives . This is a story of a ruthless grandfather  , a priceless granddaughter , virago who falls in the trap of caste system and a melancholy father whose ink bleeds his pain and umbrage  for loosing theshinning star of his life .
So let’s begin with the title of the story which was catchy and compelled me to dig into this book which left me content and thrilled . The cover picture of the book  was absolutely perfect , I couldn’t ponder of any other picture moreover I discovered something magical when I completed the book and flipped back to see the cover ‘ dedication ‘ the word popped in my mind .  Another part which I loved was the presentation of the chapters . Intriguing !!! Apart from all these things I enjoyed the way the author had written the book . Eye pleasing work Sir !!!
Characters which touched my heart –
Dilawar Singh –  Dilawar Singh , being the hard nutshell of the story , he’s very real if we look around .  Ruthless , arrogant & a powerful man yet a soft heart resides in him . The best part I loved about this very character is that it’ s so real . I could actually see a person like him so real . Most gripping character!!
Kartar Singh – Kartar Singh , a loner in love . Later his daughter filled those void shades of his life . A literature lover but forced to keep his feelings inside his sleeves . A son who loved his mother beyond any limits and who followed his father’s instructions like anything and a father who loved his daughter the most in the world but he soon let his smile fade away . The best part I enjoyed about Kartar is ‘ acceptance ‘ which we seek in so many men .
There were many moments or better say scenes that I loved but my favorite portion was when the two lost souls met in the cell in spite for being apart for more than two decades  . The other one , when we learn from other’s lives that even in the worst of situations  , how we can seek the joy of life by simply accepting the things they are . Personally learned few lessons from the book !!!!
The book was  a complete package of emotions , hatred , self denial and acceptance . The book wasn’t guessing at all . Each segment was perfectly written and portrayed . And the most eye popping was the ending chapters . Perfect !!!
Book is totally about  after effects of honour killing . I would sincerely recommend this book to be read by everyone . It’s crispy !!!
My Rating-  For perfect story and fascinating narration I would love to rate this book 4.5/5 .  Waiting to read more from you Sir  !!!
Reviewed by – Aditi Srivastava
Source :- https://letusreviewyourbook.blogspot.in/2016/05/honour-for-aransom-by-rajnish-gambhir.html