The Colour of Love by Jagdish Joghee is the tale of two communities which involves religion, love, politics and friendship.The book takes you to a journey where life is bitter as well as sweet. Lets analyse it:
Cover- The cover of the book is simple where we notice two people standing holding their hands. The colour scheme is bit different.
Title- The title is apt as the story revolves around it and it definitely not digress from its mode.
Blurb- Sarfaraz is brought up with a good value system by his devoted parents. With time, curiosity and adolescent growth pangs take him through many experiences. His first brush with girls starts with a friend, and slowly meanders into casual flirtatious affairs with girls at college. All through it, he realises that none of them have his undying, true love. A time comes when he realises who he truly loves, and in the midst of it all, he handles brutal enmity and takes on vile characters that misbehave with his friends. Sarfaraz grows up in Coimbatore where a series of bomb blasts occur. His identity is called in question, as his status as a Muslim makes people see him as an enemy. He loses something precious in the blasts and leaves to Sharjah, only for life to find him and surprise him.
Plot- The plot is gripping and binds the readers till the end. This is a life story of Sarfaraz and his struggles in a new city. The sub plot includes the community issues and dirty politics.
Theme- It is difficult to decide what is the main theme as all seems important. So, I start accordingly.
Theme of Religion- We find religious differences between Muslims and Hindus. If one side we find violence, the other side shows love, care and harmony. Sometimes, it becomes bit controversial but yet settled.
Theme of Friendship- As we know, friends are lifeline so here we notice Sarfaraz and his friendship with various people, some were fenuinely true while some betrayed him and acted mean.
Theme of LOve- We notice Sarfaraz indulging in various love affairs but still his heart search for someone and when he finds it in Meghna, its magical. The readers expect a beautiful love story but the author’s twists and turns in the story makes it look enthralling.
Characterisation- The author has beautifully crafted his characters be it the protagonist, Sarfaraz or the antagonist, Sidharth or the heroine, Meghna. All three of them are complex characters and its difficult to guess whats going on in their minds. They are related to each other. If one is affected, the others are automatically affected. The trio share a relationship of friendship and animosity.
Style- The author has used a simple style of writing which makes the work understandable. The events, the fun element along with the flashback technique followed by third person narrative is beyond appreciation.The realisation of love takes place in the end chapters whereas the other concept of memory loss acts like an icing on the cake.
About the Author
Born and brought up in the beautiful hill town of Coonoor in Nilgiris, Jagdish Joghee has always been attracted to the hills and the forests. Growing up in the midst of serenity, Jagdish had enough inspiration to write short poems during his school days. He now lives in the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu where he works for a leading global information technology services company. Jagdish has worked in some of the top IT companies in India, which required him to travel to some of the major cities in the country and overseas too. His passion for writing started early during his school days. Being a closet writer, Jagdish’s writing was initially confined to journals and scrapbooks. He could not pursue his dream of becoming a journalist when he started working in the IT enabled services industry. Jagdish is an active blogger and writes on issues that have a social impact, apart from reviewing Indian movies. This book marks his foray into fiction. He considers himself more of a story teller than a writer. Jagdish wants to write novels that will keep readers engaged with a good mix of romance, revenge, laughter and thrill. He is also keen to explore the realm of fantasy.