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Book Review- The Withering Banyan by Hyma Goparaju

Book Name- The Withering Banyan 
Author Name- Hyma Goparaju 
Publisher- Frog Books
Pages- 357
Price- ₹295/$12

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

Review-
Then title and book cover matches with the theme and content of the book.
Language and Literature of the book is greatest strength of the book. Book shows us the Hyma ma’am love towards literature.
The Withering Banyan is narrated in two parts, present and past which emerges at the end making the end perfect.
First chapter is written so well that it increase enthusiasm of the reader to read  the next chapters.
Narration is simple and attractive.
The negative thing of the book is additional description of certain events.
Use of adjectives and adverbs in the dialogues. More description about the Schizophrenia would have avoided confusion.

Ratings-
Book Cover/Title- 4.5/5
Language Justification- 4/5
Character Justification- 3.5/5

Final Rating- 4/5

So The Withering Banyan is new story with new concept with amazing literature.
You can grab your copy from Amazon Flipkart or nearby book store.

Review by- Ravi Gurunani

Source :-  http://raveechoicesofthoughts.blogspot.in/

The Withering Banyan by Hyma Goparaju is a perfect example of Social and Domestic Novel. Being a debutant, she has written this full length novel beautifully. The way she has expressed her thoughts and the use of rich vocabulary makes it strong and gripping.

Cover- The cover of the novel is beyond perfect as it has a Big Banyan Tree that justifies its title as well as the theme.
Title- The title is suitable as the whole story and the scene takes place around the Banyan Tree.
Plot- Hyma has constructed a gripping and solid plot. The story revolves around Natya and Badrinath , who seems to be the protagonists of the novel. The way they handle their lives and people associated with them is intriguing. Badri’s disease and Shradha Devi’s disease are same and the way these two are connected by a secret is beautifully shown by Hyma.
Characterisation- Hyma has phantasmagorically handled her characters. There are round as well as flat characters in the novel. Natya remains flat throughout the novel while Badrinath undergoes a change in the middle of the story. Sundar, Som Uncle, Siveswara, Balaram, Kanakamma also play a vital role in the progression of the story. There are other minor characters who play significant role in the story.
Theme- There are varieties of themes in the novel. Schizophrenia is the main theme. Badrinath is the second inheritant of the disease after his grandfather and later on, the disease is passed on to his son Som and daughter, Shradha Devi, further the symptoms could be noticed in Pranati. These people are mistook as mad people and the way their families are affected due to their disease could be seen.
 The other theme is the Domestic theme. Hyma has beautifully highlighted the domestic environment of a family where they live together jointly and then series of events take place in their lives. It is basically the rise and fall of MArri Family which HYma has showcased.
Further, it talks about Independence and the way Badri and Sundar reacted to the developments is another segment of the novel.
Technique- The story moves in flashback technique. The chapters have present and past. The setup is amazing. The novel is written in third person narrative and has an impersonal description of things.
Style- The language is figurative, complex and has many jargons in it. It sometimes confuses the readers. Further, it has variety of sentences ranging from simple to complex to compound. The author has used metaphors and the use of poetry is the main highlighter. Even a normal man can learn from different vocabulary used in the novel.
My Observation- In  my opinion, it is a perfect novel as a debutant as it has all the things that is required in an ideal novel. The use of poetry and prose is an icing on the cake. The variety of themes makes it attractive.
Availability- The book is available on goodreads, amazon.in, kindle edition and many more.
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.
Source :-  http://reviewswithsur.blogspot.in/2016/02/a-perfect-full-length-novel.html

Book Review- The Withering Banyan!!!

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Title- The Withering Banyan

Author- Hyma Goparaju

Pages- 358

Publisher- Leadstart Publishing

Genre- Fiction

RATINGS-

Cover- 3/5

Blurb- 4/5

Writing Style- 4/5

Overall- 4/5

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 it’s 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 hand- earned fame and fortune. Unaware of the boundless periphery of it’s 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.

REVIEW-

The withering banyan deals with the story of a Marri family in which family members are suffering from a brain disorder called Schizophrenia which is a kind of genetic disease and is transferred from one member to another. One member of the family gets affected by this disease and it continues fifth generation. The author has talked upon such a disease which is still unknown to many of us till date.

The story itself is a combination of two stories, i.e. one in the past and the other in the present. The author has very intelligently worked upon both the stories and made them converge in the climax. The use of language is kept simple with some good vocabulary.

The story shows up the problems of Indian Families and how they deal with it. It shows how a kind of mental disorder( illness)  due to lack of information & knowledge is overlooked and is given the name of physical madness ( illness)  and left the patient to suffer it all alone. Justice has been done by the author in explaining all the characters till five generations from birth to death. I liked the character of Natya who has the perfect character and is mature enough to deal with each and every situation intelligently. In addition, the poems added more glory to the story.

NEGATIVES-

I felt the length of the book was too long for it could have been kept a little  short so as to keep the reader more engrossed in the book.

NOTE TO READERS’-

For all those who are looking for some serious read with good language can surely pick “The withering Banyan”. The book won’t disappoint you.

Source :-  http://www.writeupcafe.com/blog/10-personal/11871-book-review-the-withering-banyan

BOOK REVIEW:THE WITHERING BANYAN

Author: Hyma Goparaju

The Withering Banyan

Book 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.

My Review:

This book deals with the stigma attached to mental disorders in Indian Societies. It’s true isn’t it? Going to a psychiatrist is still kept under wraps. If something is wrong with our physical body, we visit the said specialist….But if something is wrong with our brain, we need to hush it up.

The author has managed to highlight this fact beautifully in this book. It is a commendable efforts to not only tell a story, but also raise awareness about Schizophrenia. Not many books are able to maintain this delicate balance between fiction and fact, this book is able to weave both seamlessly.

The language, writing, grammar in the book is impeccable. The story telling technique is quite harmonious.

My favorite character in the book was Natya. She has the right kind of character, spunk and maturity. I found myself longing for mention of her while reading.

Coming to the cons, I did get the “Saas-Bahu” serial-esque feeling at the start of the novel, where females are just gossiping and doing generally what they do on TV these days. So, getting in the story was quite difficult.

Source :-    https://thereandtheir.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/book-reviewthe-withering-banyan/