Title: Dancing With Demons
Author: Nidhie Sharma
Number of Pages: 296
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.
Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.
When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?
Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.
The story takes off with the scene from a boxing ring where Karan Pratap Singh, the protagonist is on the verge of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship. But then, his old demons come dancing to him, destroying his hopes, his dreams, his boxing career- almost. And he sure has lost his mentor and coach Jerry on that fateful night, when he decided to thrash his opponent to a pulp. A four year ban meant ruination. When he has no means of making both ends meet, Madan steps up, even if it meant organizing illegal boxing matches, getting him jobs as a security officer and the likes. He finds a paying guest for Karan- Sonia Kapoor who pays up the complete one year rent upfront.
Sonia is also fighting her own demons and is keeping a low profile. She favors this arrangement being Karan’s flatmate as he doesn’t ask any questions, stirring some true horrors of her past. A beautiful, confident, courageous woman that she is, Sonia tries to start afresh and blend in. But her past catches up with her.
As their fate collides, they struggle with their demons. Karan relishes to come back to the boxing mainstream. But will his coach forgive him? Karan and Sonia fall for each other. But how do they have any future together?
What impressed me most about the book was that a lot of research on boxing had gone into it, making the story powerful and true. The situations, especially the rules of the bouts were explained to the T. With the Olympic fever on, it was as if I was watching a live match. The author’s training in the sport has proved beneficial.
The characters, especially that of Karan, Sonia and Jerry are well etched. While I loved the spunk and the spirit in Sonia(especially in the Wine Shop scene and the small yet alluring moments she had with Karan), my heart went out for the dedicated, passionate and zealous Karan. Jerry’s character seems like a God Father, the matured and the experienced. Madan evokes hatefulness at the beginning, until you are hit with reality. So does Somnath.
The writing is bang-up and the flow of events is great.
Few repetitive words though and I would’ve loved a few more interactive scenes between Karan and Sonia. After all, they are flatmates.
Do I Recommend?
Yes. It is a love story and it is not. It is about facing one’s own demons and coming out of it. A sports enthusiastic also would absolutely cherish this book.
P.S: The cover says “soon to be made into a Bollywood movie”. Good Luck to the author with it. I can already imagine some Khan in it. 🙂
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the same. Thanks for the opportunity.
About the Author
Nidhie Sharma is a Writer-Director living in Mumbai, India. She has studied filmmaking and Screenwriting from New York University and has previously graduated with honors in English Literature.
Sharma was raised in a liberal Armed forces environment and has extensively travelled across the world. An adventure sports enthusiast, she is passionate about telling human stories set within the action genre. Her deep love for music and her connection with the audio-visual medium finds its way into her writing. She is a witty orator and enjoys public speaking. Having directed documentaries and travelogues for the American and European markets, and worked on American indies in Los Angeles, Sharma is directing a mainstream Indian film soon.
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