Siddhant Roy is back in Bangalore after a really depressing, detained semester. He wants to rebuild his life from scratch without looking back. But he is an engineering student, after all. It never gets easy. He makes a bunch of new friends, who take him on a journey where he crashes into strange apartments, gets drunk and pukes halfway across the city, tries to start an online social network and watches all his efforts fail miserably. He faces denial, acceptance, love and hatred, all in the span of less than a year. He must now make a choice, whether to silently withstand the oppression of his sinister and stubborn college principal, or to risk everything and take his own stand. What will Siddhant do? Life, Served Hot is a coming-of-age story of a young rebel's undying attachment towards his dreams and survival.
First look at the title and the cover and it gives a youth eccentric feel to the book. The colors and the image go well with the book and gives a lot of impetus to the whole idea. The title is catchy and it's exact meaning will be deciphered once the readers are done with the story. The blurb talks about a young man and his endeavors and how he comes out of it. The blurb asks some questions about the character and his approach and hides the appropriate story line which makes the readers curious and excited.
The story is of Siddhant Roy who is back in Bangalore after a hiatus. His life starts again with a lot of restrictions and a set of new friends. But nothing comes easy to him as interest in studies and focus is in complete tatters. Somehow he tries to manage his personal life and academics but it always turns out to be a mess for him and eventually his laziness and stubborn behavior gives him nightmares. So will he be able to fend off the problems? Will he be able to rediscover himself? Is there another chance waiting for him? That's what the story is all about.
The kick start to the story sets the tone for something interesting. The whole build up to the story line works as an idea. The struggle and the problems together bind the events and incidents. The narration has conviction and gives some good showdowns to read. Few life lessons are imparted through the protagonist and his life.
The downside of the book is it's predictable factor and momentum in the story which is gradually lost. The continuous rant of smoke and booze becomes an overdose. The story ends on a low and hara-kiri shouldn't have been done towards the end of the story.
All in all the narration and struggle holds the story but freshness and scenario lack excitement. The book has some moments but gradually it becomes too monotonous. Some new ideas inculcated in the book could have produced a better result. But overall a boy's struggle is worth reading and learning a lesson from.
3 OUT OF 5