Book Review: My Father Is A Hero by Nishant Kaushik
Vaibhav Kulkarni is a single father to his 10 year old daughter Nisha. Having buried his dreams in his hometown Akola, he lives and struggles though a middle class existence in Pune without a complain, just to see a smile on his daughter face. Nisha is most parents dream of an ideal child, the pride of her school and teachers, talented, academically brilliant, temperamentally mature and loved by all.
Things seem to be going well, with father and daughter finding small joys in things that most people take for granted, when Nisha suddenly loses her spark and along with it her brilliance. Her grades slip, she stops singing her and the usually bright and talkative child mopes around answering her, now very worried, father and everyone else in monosyllables. Things come to a head when Nisha punches a fellow student, astonishing the entire school and most of all her father.
That is when Vaibhav decides to do something for Nisha and envisions a dream, one that is too big for his miniscule bank balance but not big enough to put the smile and spark back into Nisha’s personality and take her back to being her former self.
Nishant Kaushik is the author of four bestselling novels. His easy writing style ensures a smooth read and characters that are easily identifiable and endearing. As a Daddy’s girl myself, I loved the character of Vaibhav Kulkarni, whose naivete about his fellow human beings, his excitement about a small thing as a cell phone and his awe of a something we all take for granted, the Credit Card, make him endearing. Nisha’s character is well etched too and your heart goes out to the little girl who makes do with with the little her hardworking father can provide and smiles through it all. The characters who made sporadic appearances, like Nisha’s friend Bali and Vaibhav’s only friend, Bhandari made me smile.
A simple story about simple people that is well told and well written, My Father Is A Hero makes for a good read with an unexpected twist and a little surprise as it nears the end.
I received a copy of My Father Is A Hero from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.