Blue Eagle: Look, Sip, Read and Taste

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It was sheer happenstance which made me pick up this book from the store. And as I read it, this pick up became one of the happier coincidences of my life. The novel was lovingly written and marked a remarkable tribute to the adroitness, ability and story telling prowess of the author. Written in simple language, with the odd vernacular inclusion lending credibility to the happenings, it is a novel based in the NCR and tells the tale of two individuals who land up at a local police station in the oddest of coincidences to report a theft. 

Be it a bottle of wine or important documents, the author combines both events to showcase a writing acumen which grips the reader thoroughly. A totally plot driven novel, a refreshing change from the frequent character driven novels available today, Blue Eagle captures the interest of the reader from the start and takes him through a riveting experience. The journey is replete with knowledge – of the NCR, of wine, of LSR College – and ensures that the reader walks away with a lot gained. Full marks to Sharada Kolluru for having captured the nuances of fine wine and a vibrant region that lives on the edge. Both Moe and Neil, from Myanmar and Tuscany, Italy respectively, are regular human beings who happen to meet unexpectedly to develop an attraction and a love story with a relatable ending. 

If Moe as a true follower of Aung San Suu Kyi makes the right political noises about the necessity of democracy, including the very college she wants admission into, Noel appears as an intriguing character. His being upset about his mother’s relationship and her portrayal as a cougar is natural and one can sympathise with him. But his developing feelings for a nineteen years old woman or student is irony incorporated. I particularly found their relationship development a tad convenient, but stranger things have happened in love. 

But I absolutely loved the wine history-cum-sommelier-cum-connoisseur portions of the book wherein each wine detail is explained. The reader can almost taste it, roll it on the tongue, watch it breathe and smell its identity, origin and quality. Sharada Kolluru has certainly done a wonderful job in decanting an exotic ale in prose through Blue Eagle. So see, swirl, sniff, sip and savour the book. Cheers!

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