Book review of Bare Chest on Everest by Jay Vikram

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Bare Chest on Everest

Neelam Sharma, Booxoul

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Bare Chest on Everest narrates the journey of a bunch of friends who have smuggled in Ceylon sapphires and want to photograph them over the Himalayan peaks to sell them off as sapphires of the Himalayan region which are rather extremely rare to find. But not all goes as planned, and the group falls into an adventurous and perilous journey whose final result is life or death. As they juggle down and hustle through these situations, the readers pay gaping attention to the adventure that is life and the play that simpler thought out and planned out stuff surprisingly put us into.

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The first thing that comes to our mind when we start the book is how precisely observant the storytelling is. Based majorly on travel and impressions, the diction of the author is elaborate and thoughtful. He has penned down descriptions of journey that is hard not to visualise. This is the kind of narration that takes us to places, lets us see the world from someone else’s eyes. The travelling accounts, the essence of the locations the characters visit—its all moving and engrossing. 

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The research and insight of the author on the places he bases his narration on, is visible right from the start. It is scenic, pertains to senses and to inquisition and also gives a sense of connection to the surroundings. This accomplishment by the author gives an idea about the amount of care and effort that must have gone into the storytelling. Since this is based on the author’s own journey, the description is accurate and very visual. 

One downside to the book is the occasional obscenity of the language, which can make the readers stumble and irked a bit. Too much rude words and swearing sometimes comes up too often and this seems in contrast to the otherwise vivid narration. It is understandable that the dialogues represent the voices of the characters but even then, the language could have been toned down to an extent. 

Another visible demerit to the book is not really about the way it is written, but its that the blurb gives away a much ahead picture than what the book shows in the first fifty pages or so. In all, there seems to be a mismatch in between the timeline that the blurb and the initial part of the book, which can be somewhat confusing for an observant reader. The blurb and the introductory part of the book could have started along the same lines, so that the reader would be interested to read the book further and more.

Though with all said, Bare Chest on Everest is nevertheless a thrilling read, with an incredible momentum and a power pack bunch of characters, it’s a great read.

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