The author Suresh Taneja is a chartered accountant by profession.His first book came out in 2010 and this is an improved version of the book. This one specifically targets youth and children. The author intends to create awareness among the young minds of India to take up an active role in the nation-building and fight the vices of corruption and malpractice.
The Reedemers is an optimistic tale of four kids who are on vacation when they see the ugly side of India. They come face-to-face with the corruption and malpractices that are common knowledge in our country. Instead of getting disheartened or finding of ways to leave the country(these have the means to do so), they decide to take action. And within a span of few years time, the situation gets reversed. Rs. 1 = $100(I know a little hard to believe in the current situation), India gives aid to US and you find an India that really shines. The G4(as the kids are known) relive their memories years later in 2030 in Washington and recount the story of transformation to their kids. The introductory page says Imagined by ‘Suresh Taneja’ but some day I hope that becomes true.
For now, the book and approach sound too rosy and over-simplistic. But since this is meant to get kids excited to work towards making India a better place, take action, take responsibility the story makes sense. What I would have liked to see is some struggle encountered by the kids and they coming out stronger and better. Also, including a few more characters in the book; probably someone who came from a diverse background, that would have made it more convincing. After all it takes whole of the country and lot of different kind of people to bring in a revolution. A little more thought into characterisation and this could have been a ‘Rang De Basanti’
A novel approach to tackle problems plaguing India.
Title: The Redeemers
Author: Suresh Taneja
Publisher: Frog/Leadstart publishers