Friday, 30 November 2012

Book review: 45 days in a cancer hospital

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing

ISBN-13: 9789381576823

ISBN-10: 9381576823

No. of Pages: 298

Format: Paperback

Language: English

About The Book:

I have been reading quite a number of feedbacks on Alka Dimri Saklani’s 45 Days in a Cancer Hospital, as soon as I finished reading it. My eldest daughter is a book bug (she finds “book- worm” a clich├ęd term). A couple of days ago she suggested- I should read books with the aim to analyze them in different ways. Now most of the reader feedbacks about this book are theme oriented. People have spoken at length about- suspense, mystery and even believed it to be a bordering medical drama. I would like to look at the book from the feminine point of view.

The book shows the inner strengths of a woman. The protagonist has a passion of writing a book on Cancer Patients and a cancer hospital. Initially refused of residing permission, Ashritha is persistent.  She is there to understand the emotions of patients suffering from cancer. She needs these insights for her Novel- which she works on, mostly during the night. Instead of leading a disciplined mundane hospital life, she unravels a horrible mystery going on in the hospital and with help of her friend brings to light the happenings. She faces resistance from staffs and patients but is determined to write her book. During her stay she gets attached to a few cancer patients and is disturbed by their deaths. But nothing is natural- people in Umeed Hospital are getting killed. Murders are taking place at night when the hospital is fast asleep.
Alka Dimri Saklani has touched upon the lives of Doctors and Cancer patients. She has depicted all aspects of a woman. The motherly touches are recurring in the elderly patients; the nervous traits are there in the young nurses. It is not surprising that most of the dead patients are women. A bordering explanation- Dr Chatterjee- the director of the hospital visualizes his deceased mother in all of them. He is in fact obsessed about treating them.

You might argue- that a book written by a woman is bound to portray feminine flavor- but Alka score well beyond this hypothesis. Her male characters are well formed with their high and low characteristics well in place. It shows that the writer has put in a lot of research. Being the first book out of her kitty- The story turns predictable, and long at places- but it would be harsh if I said- it was unnecessary. Perhaps a bit of compact thinking will make her next novels evergreen page turners.  My ratings: 4 in 5.

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