Book Review: The Mobile Phone by Pankaj Suneja

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | The Mobile Phone by Pankaj Suneja

Genre: Psychology, Short Story
Book Name: The Mobile Phone
Author: Pankaj Suneja
Pages: 94
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: CinnamonTeal Publishing

The book could have been an excellent read – with two stories intertwined with each other and dealing with changing relationships, depression, and fabricating a different world in mind to bridge the gap with reality (Schizophrenia). The start was crisp; however by the end, one’s interest may waver. A good attempt at writing on such a delicate topic, but which could have been much much better.

Specially negative points to the publishing house who gave ‘ok’ to publishing the book without even doing a spelling or grammar check in MS Word. Grammatical mistakes, sentence construction errors, name mismatches, confusion between narration of the two stories – some place as third person while others as first person, and the list goes, all of which disinterested me in completing the book. But there, I did it! Crisper editing could have made it so much more a worthwhile read.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
The Mobile Phone is a story of connecting to the child within us. The story is set in Delhi and deals with the lives of Rohit, a tutor, and Prabhu, a child he teaches in the city. The author uses ‘the paper mobile phone’ as a symbol to connect with someone who is absent; someone we seek or someone who could hold us in our helplessness. The novel makes an attempt to understand death and deal with mourning. It looks at child’s play and fantasy life. It also looks at adults who are evolving in relationship.

About the author:
Pankaj Suneja is a psychologist by choice and a writer by passion. He wrote his first book, Gulabi, while suffering with psychotic symptoms. The Mobile Phone is his second novel. Pankaj writes from his personal experiences and his reflections about himself and his environment. He presented the paper titled ‘Closer to Schizophrenia: a personal journey from illness to health‘ in the form of poster at Icons of SCARF at 2014, Chennai. He holds a diploma in creative writing and is the winner of the David Feinsilver Award 2015,for original thinking and scholarship research, New York.

Rating: 6/10

About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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