In an attempt to tell a story that reveals the power of human relationships and the prospect of a second shot at life, Rohit Gore manages to interest his readers with the synopsis of Circle of Three. A nagging sense of curiosity builds up to uncover how a 13-year-old loner, a suicidal 33-year-old scriptwriter and a 63-year-old wealthy yet failing author can be linked by a thread of words.
The book introduces its protagonists in stark honesty. Aryan Khosla has grown up too soon in the ignorance of his unassuming and wayward parents, often acting like the only adult in his suburban apartment. Ria Marathe has lost everything in a terrible accident – her beloved son, her cheating husband, her ability to write and her desire to live. Rana Rathod, a blue-blooded author is stuck in a rut – filled with bitter memories of his children and of his unrequited love; he hasn’t written anything inspiring in a long, long time. As circumstances bind the three together, they embark on a journey of finding a second lease of life as Aryan finds a reason to be happy, Ria finds a reason to live and Rana finds a reason to move on.
Each character in this book has been illustrated in beautiful detail, convincing the reader that their problems and experiences are a blend of reality and sincerity. The author has taken care to pay attention to the supporting characters as well, making them aid the plot perfectly. While the book does manage to convince the reader of the genuineness of its characters, the plot fails to bind them together as tightly as one would have liked. The incidents that entwine each character’s path with the other hasn’t been enunciated in great depth, making it difficult to fathom how such a close bond could be formed by the protagonists.
The narrative is written in a slightly unconventional style, making the reader take some time to adjust to it. The editing is about average with several unnecessary words sprinkled through the text and a few grammatical errors as well., Also, this book lacks the ‘can’t-put-it-down’ quality that one looks for in a good read. Overall, Rohit Gore’s book proves to be an interesting read with relatable characters and an attractive storyline. On a personal note however, I wish the author had elaborated a bit more on the significance of the number 3, that gives his book its title – Circle of Three.