Book Review: Second Go by Radhika Sachdev

As always I’d like to have the book blurb posted first before I move on to discuss the book so that the readers can get a good idea of what the book is based on.

Here it is :

Penned in real time, from the hospital bed while battling for life, on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone’s 4×2 inch keypad, the only device allowed to the patient in her super-sanitized recuperating room, this book follows a hybrid format of medico-psycho thriller, interspersed with SMS chats, transcripts of medical records and other workings of an addled mind overcome by sickness, yet determined to pull through.
It is a first-hand account of a liver transplant recipient’s journey in India, chronicled from the patient’s perspective in vivid detail as a series of dramatic events unfold in her life, completing the cycle from sickness to health, despair to hope.
It also tells the story of a single mom and breadwinner of the family, her strong bonding with her adoptive daughter and her family and friends’ support.
The author hopes that this book will give courage and direction to other patients whose lives are hanging by a thread, patients awaiting a life-saving cadaveric organ donation.

Now that you have gone through the blurb, which to me is important as it is equivalent to picking up a copy at the store, turning it over to check out what the book is about by reading the back cover, we are at a book place to discuss the book.

I had received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purpose and there are two reasons why I might have almost turned down the copy.

One, the part about being typed from the keyboard of a phone. While to judge anything just from reading that part alone is purely judgmental and puerile even from my part, based on my past experiences of picking up books that said that, it might be understandable why I might have been inclined to give it a skip.

Second, I find it difficult to read through anything that is bound to be a painful read, though this does have a happy ending, I knew it might be difficult for me to read through this tale that is bound to be heart-wrenching. All that bench press in excess of a hundred pounds is inversely proportional to the sensitive person that actually resides deep within me.

But I did ask for this copy. The author’s bio was the reason behind this change of heart. Reading about how the author, Radhika, was a journalist and had held senior positions in an editorial capacity with some of the leading newspapers meant that her writing style would turn to be a delight.

It was just that and more.

As the title of the book says, this book is a first-hand account of a liver transplant recipient’s journey, it was I believe written with an intent to let the readers know about how things actually are when you happen to be in a position as she was. I loved her writing style as it was just the way I had wanted it to be.

My favorite part in the book was about how Radhika meets Arzoo and she becomes a part of the family. I had to put down the book multiple times to avoid having that droplet roll down my cheeks. Maybe I am not cut out for reading anything touching or maybe I am on the deep end of being a sensitive person, either way, I glided through the pages till the last one.

If you do get a copy, I would highly recommend reading it right away.


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