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Book Review: Guy on the Sidewalk by Bharath Krishna

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Guy on the Sidewalk by Bharath Krishna

Genre: Fiction
Book Name: Guy on the Sidewalk
Author: Bharath Krishna
Pages: 315
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: CinnamonTeal Publishing

The book is written in an autobiographic way with the protagonist reminiscing things of the past while on his return journey to India. Post reading my previous book, this book was a welcome change with the usage of proper English. However, the story turned dull on quite a few occasions. There was no suspense, no thrill in continuing; like flipping pages of someone else’s not-so-exciting diary. Just a chronological telling of tales. The book even seemed incomplete on why Jay (the protagonist) seemed so adamant on returning back to India when he had no direction on what he was going to do next. Really, why do people do things when they cannot give a plausible explanation to others, not even their closed ones – on why they took a particular step and yet, they will still go ahead breaking others’ hearts!

Coming to America and exploring things with development of Jay’s personality even after various turn-downs was one of the stronger points of this book with romance just round the corner. Just ignore too much IT (Information Technology) work role description.

All in all, an average book to glance through if you are looking forward to go to USA for your higher education and career.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Who am I, where do I belong and what am I meant for in this short life in this big world?

For Jay, life was a series of defensive detours until he gathered the strength to listen to his inner voice with honesty and decided to take life head on with fearlessness. Making the move from India to America was momentous. He sought to make something of himself, however, his yearning to live in his country and among his people never ceased to bother him. Over six years, despite the luxury of opportunities in the United States, he wondered, is this all there is? He left home to create a better life, but he could have never imagined that though his better life might be found in America, his best life might just be at home, in India.

About the author:
Bharath Krishna’s debut novel, Guy on the Sidewalk, is a reflection of his passion for writing woven through his life like the golden thread of a rare tapestry. As a child, his flair for writing was ever present, but it wasn’t until he started blogging on topics close to his heart that his talent was fully realized and appreciated, which ultimately led to his novel.

Bharath’s resume reads like a kaleidoscope of sorts—a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, double master’s degree in management, and years of professional experience in marketing, teaching and IT in India and the United States. To know more about and connect with Bharath Krishna, visit

Rating: 7/10
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