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Book Review: The Reengineers by Indu Muralidharan

The Reengineers


Indu Muralidharan

A Harper Collins Pulications


Set in Madras in the early nineties, The Reengineers dispels the boundaries between fiction and reality to tell a tale that is as much a coming-of-age story as it is an inspiring narrative of self-empowerment and spiritual growth.

Here’s my review of this fascinating read!

The blurb of this book, one of my reasons of picking up this one, gives you a faint idea that the story is based on concepts of spirituality. Now, for a reason incomprehensible to me, I’ve always refrained from picking up books that are the self-help or the spirituality kinds. The blurb, however, also hints at an element of fantasy.
And now for the primary reason now. My reading resolution for 2016 is to try out books that are out of my comfort genre zone. So basically, The Reengineers was a check on almost all things that are in my checklist for picking up a book.
This turned out to be a successful experiment. The Reengineers is lessons in spirituality wrapped in layers of fantasy and mystery, asserting that the outside is mostly an illusion and it is what is inside that is the game changer (yes this is one of those nuggets that popped up out of my head when I read this one).
I suppose the author realizes that this is a concept that a bunch of people wouldn’t want to read, and there’ll be a bunch who will read it but with trepidation. The way the book has been planned hints that it mostly targets the second bunch with the aim to convince them that there are interesting reads this side of the (book) world too! 😉 Indu Muralidharan, you’ve had me convinced.
True the book needed some effort on my part to read it, especially for long spells particularly in the beginning and towards the end. So much that in the beginning, I questioned my choice and in the end I was tempted to skip pages. But no! Don’t do that! Hold on and before you know it, the book really has you in. While you may not want to read more than say 10 pages in one go, like me, the intrigue of what happens next stays with you. And before you know it, you’ve picked the book up again!
The book is filled with inspiring gems. For example, there is one excerpt that tells you the importance of not just having a plan in place for your life, but also being flexible enough to change it when the circumstances arise.
This book is very different from everything that I’ve read. But I am happy that I decided to give it a chance. I’ve seldom seen spirituality explained so well, and this book nails it perfectly.
The use of a decent vocabulary and a smooth flow of the prose earn this book those extra brownie points.

My rating:

I give this book a 5/5.

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I am a writer from Chennai, India. To me, reading and writing are means by which I try to comprehend the meaning of life and reality. My first novel The Reengineers (HarperCollins, 2015) is a metafictional exploration of the meaning of the self, examined through the relationship between an author and the character of his novel. I am working on two other novels at the moment, both centered around the healing power of fiction and its significance in ‘real’ life.

I live in London, balancing a full time day job with writing and studying a part-time Master’s Course in Creative Writing at The University of Oxford.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Reengineers by Indu Muralidharan

  1. Thank you for the beautiful review, Nikita! “the outside is mostly an illusion and it is what is inside that is the game changer ” – My editor used nearly these very words to describe the book after she read it the first time! So glad you enjoyed reading it.

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