The Four Patriots is the first book of Sumit Agarwal I have finished reading yesterday. Thanks to Sumit Sir for writing this outstanding and awesome book. Special thanks to Janci Madame for giving me the opportunity to go through this book. I was literally addicted to the book while reading.
The front cover of the book is really justifying the book completely. In the cover, we can see 4 gentlemen with sober look and dynamic personality (The 4 Patriots), and the ‘FOUR’ word is written in BIG BOLD fonts with red in color to emphasize it. Color combination of the cover is really eye catching. Thanks to Ankur Mishra and Chandan Crasta for this. Among the plenty of books in my collection, this is the 7th book published by Rupa Publications I have gone through.
The title “The Four Patriots” is aptly complementing the theme of the book. Only just by reading the title I can sense a feel of patriotism within my vein.
The language is very lucid and it’s quite easily acceptable to almost any kind of readers. The writing style and the way of presenting the situation stage by stage keeping the grip of the story intact are highly commendable.
The theme as well as the story of the book is patriotism along with friendship and motivation as well (which is clearly evident from the title itself).
All the characters mentioned in the book did completely justify to their role till the very end. Each and every character is significant in their own way to keep the story of the book get going with its natural flow. I would like to mention 5 names here (including the Four Patriots) that led us to the new era of patriotism and tempt us to change our vision towards our country our nation, and these 5 personalities are the main reason that the book has this kind of strong and positive impact to bring the necessary changes into reader’s mind. They are- Aditya (an ambitious successful altruistic businessman), Salman (CEO of Coffee Moments), Raghav (a virtuous politician), Varun (an NRI software engineer)- these four are the protagonists of the story along with Dr Satish Sabbarwal (Founder and Kingpin of ‘Naya Bharat’ Dal)- their guardian cum father figure who led them to the path of making India changed into a more developed country like never before.
So here goes the story- Aditya, Salman, Varun and Raghav; these four belonged to different backgrounds of the society and all of them faced their fair share or struggles in their respective lives being the victim of the system that is running through our society our nation. But one common thing among them was sheer patriotism and dedication towards their country. All of them had dreams in their mind to do something bigger and fruitful towards the country, they wanted to bring the most necessary changes in the nation, the corrupted system that is running inside the veins of the country; they felt the urge to change the scenario and make it a far better country to live in. They were determined to make their dreams come true one day. To follow this path and to stick to their own principles, they had to face many hinders (different types of) in their life earlier, but there was nothing that could move them even an inch from the path of their dreams. Thus, fate made them crossed each other’s path and brought them together. The patriotism and love towards their nation united together and made their bond stronger with each passing day. From four strangers, they became friends and more brother figures to support each other in any kind of situation. But they needed one guardian who could show them the right path to make the changes and to bring the best out of their ability. They had courage, dedication and ambition, love, faith in each other, all for the sake of their country, but one anchor was needed to sail their boat according to the flow of the waves, and that anchor the guardian the leader was Dr Sabbarwal. He made them believe in their dreams and showed them the way to bring the progress. But it was quite obvious that the intentions they were carrying in mind won’t be fulfilled so easily as the whole running system was against them. There were quite a lot of danger, obstacles in their way. Not only danger, actually there comes a point when the whole security and future along with their own lives were at stake…they find themselves in the trap at one time… What happened to them? Will they be able to come out alive from the trap? Will they make their dreams come true and most importantly…will they be able to change the whole system and make the country the best place to reside? To get these answers, to know their fight against the evils of the country, to know the journey of the 4 patriots, you have to pick up this book and go through it.
The author has crafted the plot in such a charismatic way that left me spellbound the more I explored the book. He neatly pointed out each and every section of the system that needs the correction and it he also showed the honest way to how it can be changed in detail with real examples to follow. He showed it from the core area of India and it has been showed here that if one tries from the heart then even a little polite conversation with people can make a big difference to the nation. In every aspect our system needs to be changed. Today, corruption can be seen everywhere. Government employees (many of them) are so bilnd to have the power in their hand that they forgets because of whom they are in the power today. Even they forget (deliberately) what commitments they made before coming to the power. Be it school teachers, govt hospitals, doct service, untidy streets, drug dealing, smuggling of the nation’s properties, be it anywhere in any places, corruptions in the system can be seen openly now a days. The made them politics ‘dirty’ actually, and because of a few evil faces, some people even hate to give their votes actually. People know that whoever it is, result will be the same. We can see the bitter truth of the politics that is making our country actually a dirty place. What are those people seeing? They are seeing that whoever in the ministry, no matter whatever the post is or what power the person holding on, they are tend to think about making their own profit first, their own comfort and personal gain matter to them the most, so they actually don’t have enough time to think about the country or it’s people because of whom they are in the power now. They used to forget that every politician or person in power should serve the nation and the country first, to make their country better. I am not saying that everyone whoever goes to the politics or join the ministry does the same, no, it’s not. But we have seen many of them (I won’t name anybody in person but here ‘Ganesh’ is the example). This is the system India is getting used to day by day, because it is running through the ages, since the very beginning. Most of the people actually doesn’t have the guts to come up in front and protest this, and a very few who tries to do this, can be seen nowhere in the next day, just vanish… We really don’t need to explain that how it is done, right? We all know this, but as we love our family our spouse, our personal belongings and life matters so to us they we are…tolerating this actually… We are like..”Ab koun befizul k jhamele me padhega bhai? Apna to mast chal raha hai, kha pi k paisa kama rahe hai, chutti me picnic, movies, bas agle din kaam. Isi tarha bit jayegi zindegi to or kya chahiye?” Right? But is that the right way to live? Ask yourself. Are you people not committed towards your motherland, your country? Don’t you have any responsibility towards it? If you find any fault that is running in the system then confront it, come and take the responsibility to change that. Sirf subha newspaper ko hath me liye, chai k dukan me ya ghar me do char politician ko gaali deke kounsa sudhar aane wala hai bhai? Agar sab yehi kar k apna pith bachate rahe to ekdin kya muh dikhaoge apne aap ko? Khud ke alawa or kise koshoge? Faida kya hoga tab? The author has showed this picture clearly in front of us and every possible ways been explained there in detail that (if followed properly) can surely bring the huge necessary changes to the entire system.
Beside this, the author has showed here the personal relations between these four patriots and their life partners in a very romantic, touching and beautiful way. I can live their life actually by reading their journey… I was so engrossed in the book. The tragic incidents made me cry a lot. I can still remember how badly I was sobbing after reading the confession of Raghav in front his mother in his mind for the guilt…. I..I am…now..in tears again while writing this line..(Hold my hand and I will lead you to safety, to glory!) It’s really…very…painful…
There are so much thrill in some places that left me in Goosebumps..like..literally. (Aditya and the bullet incident, Kidnapping of Raghav, The Olympic event, gas leaking incident, Aditya’s election result, operation colonoscope etc). Author has presented the romantic sides balanced with the thrilling situation so maturely that attracts me more about the writing style.
If we want to see the change in our country then we have to come forward and to contribute each and every responsible citizen towards our country. It’s our own responsibility to keep our India clean and make it the best. I want to quote a line from this book that says- Dekhna nahin…karna hai. It reminds me of a famous line from the movie “Rang De Basanti” that says- “Zindegi jeene ke do hi tarikke hote hai. Ek, jo ho raha hai use hone do, bardast karte jao, ya fer, zimmedari uthao use badalne ki”. It is exactly showed here in these by the author through the brave journey of Four patriots. We need to take some bold steps to make the contribution to the progress.
I urge each and every people who don’t think that “Bhai yeh to hamara India hai, iska kuchh nehi hone wala.” to pick this book up and go through this at least once. I want to remind you all that “Yeh Hamara India hai, Maa hai hamari, isi ke kok me pale badhe hai, or agar Ham chahe toh Is ka bohot kuchh ho sakta hai. Karoro logo me se, agar har family se ek bhi Varun, ya Salman, ya Raghav ya Aditya aage aane lage, toh mai daba karta hu, India’ll be the best country to reside in earth. Garv se kah payenge ham fir- Karam mera India, Watan mera India, yeh mera India, I love my India. Come on people, made up your mind and make this happen. Take the pledge; join the movement before it’s too let.
I found just 3 grammatical errors in the entire book in the respective pages 16, 88 and 150 (in order- “feet” = “feel”, “oust” = “out”, “You are scaring me ?” = “Are you scaring me?” / “You are scaring me.” ). No others drawbacks are there, at least I haven’t found any.
It is one of the best books I have ever read. Many many thanks to the author for writing this book and all the best for his future endeavors. Must read for all. Thank you.
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