This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Manik Chaturmutha for Readers' Favorite
Life On The Edge by Sandesh Singh is the story of the Tamhankars, a middle-class family living in the slums of Mumbai with an average income. Ganesh and Ramya Tamhankar are blessed with three daughters; Mrunali, Shruti, and Jaya. Though both wanted one of their children to be a son, they are happy with what God has given them and keep working hard. They go through a lot of suffering and hardships, sorrow and grief. Mrunali and Shruti have ambitious goals and a courageous attitude. Jaya, too, refuses to allow her chronic disability to prevent her from living. The narrative takes place from the 1980s to the present day, demonstrating how Mumbai has developed and evolved to keep up with modernity and how the lives of the Tamhankars changed.
Life On The Edge is very realistically told as the events are described in chronological order, which helps the reader keep track of what is happening in the lives of the Tamhankars. The book highlights an average middle-class family and the issues they face living in a time and place going through changes. The book also takes a political stance, detailing the riots and protests against outsiders in Mumbai. It talks about tragic events like the riots in 1991-92, torrential floods in 2005, and train explosions in 2006 and how they significantly affected the Tamhankars and middle-income households. The story has its joyful and sad parts, just like life's ups and downs. The story is character-driven, where the thoughts and feelings of the characters drive the plot forward. Readers feel connected to the characters and their lives, as most can relate to them. All the characters feel real and human with their flaws and strengths, and we root for them throughout. The simplicity of the writing enhances the feel. Overall, Life On The Edge by Sandesh Singh is a very engaging read. I recommended it for readers who enjoy a fictional story in a realistic setting.