Book Review of Blemishing the Odds

Blemishing the Odds by Harish Penumarthi is story set in a storytelling form or we can say it is a story within a story with use of flashbacks in it. Those who love to listen to stories might like this book.


The cover of the book is simple and honestly speaking it doesn’t grab much attention. It can be called okayish. The cover could have been interesting though the colour scheme is fine. Those who judge the book by a cover might not like it.

The title is different and can attract the readers in some way. Blemishing the Odds somewhere actually nowhere gives us a hint about the story. So, story is still a suspense for us.

Say hello to Raghav, an immature, insensitive person who is apathetic about everyone else except himself. His life revolves around his parents and his friends. He is among the bad books of all his Teachers. Until one day, when Trisha, a new entrant; mesmerizes him at the very first glance. He finds a friend, savior, nurturer and an inamorata in her. Just when he thinks that everything has been set out in a picture perfect manner, life throws a series of ghastly surprises at him. Will he change for good or stick to his immature stand of “My Life, my rules” and screw it all up? This tale journeys across all the ups and downs a student could possibly encounter. The transformations that a student may endure, the courage and guts one needs to have in order to dodge all predicaments and eventually sketch the perfect end to all his agonies. 

If you go back to your childhood when your grandma used to narrate stories so that you could sleep, well yes, you got it right, Blemishing the Odds, is one such tale. The story is narrated from a personal experience of father who tells about his love story. The story is about Raghav and Trisha.

The characterization is good and I really liked the behaviour and beauty of Raghav and Trisha. Raghav is a spoiled brat like other films while Trisha is a new student whose entry changes the life of Raghav.

The flow of the story is average. The use of dialogues, flashbacks, story within a story makes it lively. Then little segment of humor adds flavour. Further, the story telling turns out to be nostalgic and the storyteller is seen imagining the moments.The editing could have been better. The small font size was an hinderance in the reading while the story reminded me of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. So this book proves out to be a  one time read.

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