Saturday, February 02, 2013

When the Signal Turns Red-Book Review

Amid Jaipur travelogues I read this book- “When the Signal Turns Red” written by Mumbai based IT professional, writer “Jayanand Ukey”. This post is a quick review of this book.

Any IT professional and campus recruit can easily connect with the story of this book. It revolves around 2 young engineering graduates, who get placed through campus in leading IT companies, but recession results in their offer getting revoked. These two young people, a guy and a girl as you might have already guessed, had big plans for their life, which gets thrown out of gear due to job loss. How they overcome the crisis and re-unite at the end is the core story of the book, which must be enjoyed in reading.

Girls father, an ex army man, makes life complicated for the lead pair, as he hesitates to marry his daughter to an unemployed and pursues alternative groom.

In all movies, moment TV is switched on, news anchors read out the new item relevant to the movie story (I wonder how it happens all the time in all movies- those who switch on the TV will never have to change channels or wait for specific news to come on). In this book, news watching is very realistic. Characters browse channels and wait for sometime before news they were looking for is broadcast. Liked this realism.

The novel teaches couple of important lessons
  • Campus recruitment shouldn't be the only goal in life. One should have Plan B
  • Don’t take ‘No’ as final. There could be a compromise- If Girish hadn't called the company, he couldn't have landed BPO job
  •  Before marrying, financial stability is important. Great love is not much of a use if there’s no income.
  • Not everything can be achieved by fighting/crying/black-mailing. Use your brain.
Couple of thoughts from my side:

  1. A competent villain (a classmate trying for same job or same girl for example) who’d throw tough challenges at lead pair would have made the story more interesting
  2. A board room decision to delay joining date resulting in a courier being delivered to all campus recruits same day afternoon is super fast. Ideally this process takes a day or two.
  3. Madam keeping is social networking profiles public (no friend request approvals were required for our hero to unravel his past) was stupid, but probably was required to bring the story to climax faster
  4. The possibility of joining/starting a start up (instead of applying at all job portals) could have thrown some light about booming start up industry
  5. Somehow the excessive family scenes with same hypocritical characters (girl should come home before sunset, should marry whoever parents chose etc) have begun to bore me off late.
Book is published by “Alchemy Publishers” and is priced Rs 175 (available at some discount online, Flipkart Rs 149)

This is author’s 3rd book. You can know more about the book and author at “

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Sabyasachi Patra | Tales from Wild India said...

Interesting thought about the news browsing before the relevant news is broadcast. On hindsight, this scene has been kind of done to death but still is being used in films as well as novels etc. Nicely written. Seems to be a good read.

Vishal Rathod said...

Well its good review. But I don't agree on the third point what novel taughts about great love . Rest is OK.

Radhika Marwah said...

Seems a nice read...thanks for sharing...

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Sabyasachi: Thanks

Vishal: Thanks

Radhika: Thanks

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Nice review..:-)

Shrinidhi Hande said...