Book Review: Waterboarding by Bragadeesh Prasanna


Author: Bragadeesh Prasanna

Genre: Romance


Blurb (as on Goodreads):

As a torture technique, Waterboarding involves the torturer to pour water over the face of the captive, over a damp towel to give a sensation of drowning. While the mind knows that he is not actually drowning, the captive’s body sends contrasting signals to the brain making it a very painful experience.

Ved, who just got out of a life-changing accident finds out that he has blank spaces in his memory. He is unsure about his past and uncertain about his future but goes through with the present with the help of his friend Sara. Sara slowly builds Ved’s past, filling him with people and instances he had forgotten.

As Ved struggles with the financial strain caused by his accident and subsequent medical bills and figuring out whom to trust, Ved is forced to live in the moment, which is dark, terrifying and maddening as his past catches up with him. Will he finally know who he was and how his past actions affect his present?

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Ved, Sara, and Maya, the only three characters in this book who have a considerable amount of screen time. And (you might have guessed it by now) there’s a love triangle. But things get worse when Ved meets with an accident and forgets a lot of things that have happened in the past, including people.

While on the road to recovery, Ved receives a text from a girl who calls herself Maya. She then goes ahead and blocks him. When Ved confronts Sara about it, she denies knowing anyone by the name Maya. But then Ved finds his other friends talking about Maya and comes to know that at one point in time they were ‘together’ and Sara is the one who’s lying.

Unaware of his own world and his previous self, Ved has to trust someone.

This is a plot that is all about love and sacrifices. Ved is obsessed with pain, he wants to feel alive, but on the other hand, he has a wall around him, to shield himself from that pain others are capable of inflicting on him. Hence we see a very complex character. The author has done a remarkable job in maintaining his nature throughout the plot. And that is the case with every other character. So, we actually see characters develop over time and not just lose their touch. Same goes for Sara and Maya, two completely different people, both in love with Ved, in their own distinct way.

Another point would be the romance and intimacy scenes, which according to me were written in a very non-creepy way (well, except at certain places), but that definitely adds an extra point to the overall presentation. The plot feels real, it hasn’t been overdone and the characters are vulnerable enough for us to connect to. There are certain tiny details which didn’t quite fit into the story and felt forceful, but those can be ignored.

Overall, the theme of love, written in a different and realistic way, you would feel a whirlwind of emotions while reading this.



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Did you read this book? Thoughts?

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