One Life, Many Hues-Broken Anvils by Rohith Agarwal | Book Review

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A truly inspiring and heart-warming story, Broken Anvils by Rohith Agarwal is the story of Jeevan, a scrap shipyard worker, and the difficulties and plight of working in compromising, challenging conditions, as well as the emotional brunt of it. A riveting tale, this one is layered with much more than meets the eye.

So, what happens when you bring a long-term and productive perspective to the table while also delivering to your profession and creating a fantastic takeaway from which many can draw inspiration? So, what happens when you bring a long-term and productive perspective to the table while also delivering to your profession and creating a fantastic takeaway from which many can draw inspiration? killer combination, right?

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

If you’re wondering what’s causing me to think of such complex theories today, Broken Anvils by Rohith Agarwal, a book that brought forth the plight as well as the personal status of shipyard workers, provides readers with not only knowledge but also awareness.

Reading about Jeevan’s journey, a refreshing new perspective offering the story of how he comes a long way from home in search of work, how he proceeds, and what transpires along the journey, was a treat to read as well as heartbreaking at some points. Intense as well as inspiring, this one focuses on portraying the plight of those who work in compromised circumstances in an industry such as the shipbreaking industry. Here, the cost of their lives is simply as great as the fact that they must complete the task of meeting the needs of their superiors. Merely being reduced to a rag doll and a vermin of sorts, the narrative focuses on a major issue in the form of how helplessness and need can initiate one to take extreme measures and succumb to their environment, regardless of how challenging it may be.

Yes, Jeevan surely has a great friend in the form of Satya, I will say. It is that one good friend you have who will always save the day, holding you up and making even the most difficult path seem easy for you. In fact, I could completely relate to how Jeevan and Satya as a duo were the perfect examples of true friends—those who stick together even in the most difficult of times. 

There was so much that Rohith managed to spruce up the plot with, even though the plot has that scope, that it amazed me how he has managed to seamlessly add so many multiple layers to this one, piling it up with different spectrums such as mishaps, tragic turns, workplace ergonomics, drama, as well as much more. 

I should also mention how well the love story between Jeevan and Darshana was depicted. Yes, she is a good partner, sticking with him through thick and thin. Rohith ensured that the level of relatability was highly personal when it came to the interpersonal dynamics between these two. 

It was heartbreaking as well as moving, surreal, and yet eye-opening, as I mentioned earlier because it shed light on sensitive topics that we are all aware of but dare not acknowledge, such as workplace risks and what goes on in the minds of those who face such adversity. I mean, reading about it is one thing, but going through and experiencing it is another story altogether.

That is why I mentioned at the start that it is amazing if you bring that awareness to the table by way of a brilliant takeaway, even if it is cataclysmically done. Yes, the fact that Rohith is an industry expert, as well as his vision to reinvent the ship recycling sphere by leveraging his longstanding experience of bringing sustainability through his innovative competencies, is what I believe distinguishes this piece of writing. 

I want to add a special shout-out here for Rohith for the simple yet elegant manner in which he has put across the narrative. The simplicity of language, combined with vernacular usage, feels more authentic and closer to reality than larger-than-life or bookish. 

“If you make your hobby your profession, you will never work a day in your life,” I once heard. Yes, the output and productivity shoot up by 200% if you manage to do that because you add so much zeal and perfection to what you do and deliver. That is precisely what Rohith has accomplished and ensured with this one. By depicting the emotional as well as the workplace aspect of those workers he has opened up a multi-dimensional perspective where one can completely go beyond what is written and imagine how each event must unfold in the light of the scenario it stands in.

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Yes, for me, that is the true beauty of the writer, the true win-win situation. A great story and a brilliant piece of writing, this one was technically fulfilling as well as aesthetically riveting at the same time. Check out this one, guys. BTW, I heard the second in this series is coming, and I couldn’t be happier about it. 

Broken Anvils

Neelam Sharma
Author: Rohith Agarwal



Want to read a light contemporary and yet sensible piece of writing then this fiction is just the perfect pick for you.


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