Book Review- Blemishing the Odds by Harish Penumarthi

Book Name- Blemishing The Odds
Author- Harish Penumarthi
ISBN- 9384315508
Page Count- 200
Publisher- Half Baked Beans


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.



Blemishing the odds, as the name suggests, is the story about how Raghav, the protagonist overcomes all the struggles that life throws at him and emerges successful. It is a story which tells you that the mere presence of your loved ones gives you enough motivation and strength to face life.

Raghav is a young boy studying in Std. VIII. Life for him is all play. He is a spoilt brat. He doesn’t keep good company at school. He is not in good terms with his teachers too. Trisha joins his class and Raghav develops a crush on her. He wishes to befriend her. But Trisha is a studious girl. She is ambitious. Do they become friends? Yes. They do. Raghav faces the most dreadful setback of his life. His mother is diagnosed with cancer. Raghav doesn’t lose hope. This story is about how Raghav emerges successful.

I liked the way this story has been narrated. The school days, their talks, their group study sessions made me miss my childhood. The manner in which Raghav tackles his problems, the maturity that he shows at such tender age, the way he stands like a rock of determination is worth appreciating.

Book Title and cover- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 3/5
Characterization- 3
Story line and Plot- 3/5

Final Rating- 3/5




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