If you want to indulge in some adrenaline rushing, action packed, fact paced thriller, then pick up a copy of 3:02 from your nearest bookstore or online.
This is the first book I’ve read of Mainak Dhar, and surely have become a fan of his. The story is about how at 3:02am one day, our existent world ceases to operate. It gives us a true account of how much we have taken things for granted and how much dependent we have become on technology. What if, one day, someone decides to switch off all everything electronic in this world, then how would you lead your normal day to day life?
The book makes us realise that we have become slaves of modern advanced technology and even the basic jobs we do like driving cars, travelling in elevators, even autorickshaws are all dependent on computer chips and other alien stuff. At times while reading 3:02, you might get shrivels up your spine, because all the events taking place in the story might actually happen with all of us, Mainak has written his story in a most logical and practical way and everything makes full sense of what he is trying to tell us.
Mainak’s writing is very clear and the communication is near perfect. One will visualise every line he has written, and if this book is ever turned into a movie, then Akshay Kumar would be a perfect choice for Aadi’s role. Even a person like J P Dutta would be proud of the writing. While reading, one can visualise moving through the lanes and bylanes of Powai neighbourhood of Mumbai, even if he or she has never been there. One can recreate an accurate map of the area by just reading the book. I was so intrigued that I actually visited the places mentioned in the book and I could relate with each of them.
There is not a single dull or boring moment and there a lot of characters in the story which Mainak cleverly introduces them slowly one by one so that one understands each of them in detail.
The story could have shown more of the romance between Aadi and Megha, but then this is not a masala pot boiler which Mainak has written, and also a happy ending could have made the book a feel good type of a thriller. But, I’m sure Mainak would have thought about the ending and we fully appreciate his thoughts.
Once you end reading the book, you might just actually clap, stand up and say Vande Mataram, atleast in your head if not loud.