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.
Paperback, FIRST , 296 pages
Published : November 1st 2014 by HARLEQUIN (first published October 24th 2014)
ISBN : 935106493X (ISBN13: 9789351064930)
Edition Language : English
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.
What I Thought About The Book
The book opens at the boxing ring and we see our protagonist about to topple his opponent and claim the title. What follows can only be called most unfortunate and the events lead to a 4 year ban for Karan in boxing. It looks like Lady Luck just got up and walked out the door and took his coach and mentor Jerry along with her. Karan has nowhere else to go and sticks with Madan who organizes illegal boxing matches where betting and such activities take place, this ensures that Karan gets enough money to put food on his table.
A gruff Karan is surprised when a girl walks into his house and agrees to stay in his spare bedroom as a paying guest. Sonia too, like Karan has multiple demons inside her, torturing her and not giving her a good night’s sleep.
The book revolves around how these two deal with each other as well the demons that live inside each of them.
One must give it up to Nidhie for her well researched writing. It is obvious that this Rome was not built in a day, her writing has delved deep into the murky waters of underground boxing as well as the reader is made aware of the different moves and various techniques in boxing.
The characters are well developed and unlike any movie heroes and heroines, they are far from being perfect; and that is the very reason the reader can relate to the protagonists.
The book is totally unputdownable and we want to finish the book in a single sitting. Needless to say, the pace of the story and the smooth execution is praiseworthy.
I got Dancing With Demons by Nidhie Sharma from the The Book Club in exchange of an honest review.