Colours in the Spectrum


Available in Paperback and a Kindle portover, this Jayant Swamy debut in Colours in the Spectrum makes for a brisk read, and indulges in a different take to Indian contemporary writing when put alongside the more contained works from noted authors in recent years, who have all collectively decided to play it safe as a rule, and not out of choice.


Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.


Jayant Swamy


16th July, 2013




For one, it follows the story of three estranged individuals – Karan, Arjun and Aarti, estranged from circumstance and the rigours of life alike. Karan Khanna occupies the primary lens of sorts, and fate hasn’t been kind to him, with harsh emphasis on his love life in particular. Approaching the delicate boundary between youthfulness and the start of the middle ages in the essence of the storyline, Karan decides to make the shift from his plush California surroundings back to hometown Bangalore come the fast paced 1990s.


The hook? Karan can perceive people through a prism of colour, allowing him to steer clear of potential friction and take a call on people as quickly as they leave him disenchanted, or so it seems. The storyline itself is a smooth affair, and gathering steam towards its final chapters, it intersperses Karan’s experiences with expectations impeccably. There are frequent references to Indian events – both those etched in the annals of time such as a brief reference to Indira Gandhi’s assassination, as well as those recurring such as the fun and frolic that usually accompanies Diwali, or better yet as Swamy refers to it as – Deepawali.


And while the book does come off as more indigenous than many others, there are a handful of glaring inaccuracies that could have been looked into better; the references to events and technology in the late-90s that didn’t come around until the early 2000s might catch a few off guard. The book could have also done with a faster jumpstart before it speeds up at around the 100-page mark, but that may be reserved more for the nitpicking bucket than anything else.


Overall though, a decent read is Colours in the Spectrum, and is a novel that nostalgic folks from in and around Bangalore would love to check out especially. Expatriates settled down in the US of A might occupy another niche in the reading market that would find it prudent to pick this up.





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