When The Signal Turns Red

Title: When The Signal Turns Red
Author: Jayanand Ukey
Publisher: Alchemy Publishers
Genre: Fiction

When The Signal Turns Red by Jayanand Ukey is, in a nutshell, a couple's struggle in the modern economic times. Girish, an IT guy soon to join an MNC is dreaming to have a pleasant future with her fiancĂ©e Prajakta. Their plans for the future however seem endangered as the catastrophic doom of economy affects their lives. How important role financial stability plays in the formation and survival of a relationship? What our new generation prefer, money or love? These questions are highlighted in this stereotypical love story with a funny bone. 

As they say, it is always better to read a book over watching a movie. Well, in my opinion, that certainly depends on the book and the movie. But if you are planning to watch a traditional bollywood rom-com, it would be an intellectual choice to read this book instead. When the Signal turns Red is not just another chick-lit one would expect, but an honest attempt to bring a middle class couple's thoughts, aspirations and restrictions on the pages. 

Where the brevity of the book, humor and realistic characters are the pros, language of the book somewhat cheats the reader. It is a poorly edited work involving more than needed Indian slangs. Though it might be intentional as the publication houses in India nowadays chasing the Bhagat-mania and inclined to market something which focuses on budding readers. Another con of this book is the story flow, which is naive, without any layer to peel and does feel abrupt at times. Seriously, it doesn't matter to me how a story ends (no, really) but how it unfolds. 

Given the fact that this book marks the debut of the author, I won't say that he nailed it, there's a long way to go but it was an appreciable effort and I would like to read more of his developed work in the near future. This book is recommended if you are a new reader and/or want to keep yourself busy while a boring journey or exhausting queue. 

Rating: 3.5/5 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for reviewing purpose. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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