“If I Pretend I Am Sorry! Will You Pretend And Forgive Me?” by Prashant Sharma takes you through the big bad world of Mumbai and describes the journey of three characters who are all related to each other, but not for once in the book all the characters meet together and you have to leaf through this pacy thriller to un-ravel the connection between them.
Coming to the characters in brief, first Rannvijay Singh aka Naqaab, the willy and cunning among them, never leave any trace in his murder sites and which always seems some kind of an accident. Although his maternal lineage is of royal blood, but till the very end he never knew who his father is or his maternal links. In his childhood, he saw himself living in pavements with his mother and stealing small things for survival and then going on to become the undisputed king of Mumbai one day.
Rajvir Singh had to undergo the turmoil’s of partition, but he is the one who is brave, but also had luck by his side and intelligent of the lot. From the dream weddings, which ultimately led him to amass a lot of fortunes, he goes onto become one of the leading dons of Mumbai. He unified four small dons fighting with each other and held a yearly meetup at one of the leading hotels in Mumbai, which ultimately will also unravel a lot of secrets in the very end, but in a way kept the biggest secret to himself.
Viraj Singh, a pampered boy being brought up in a rich family who has had his education initially in a boarding school, then in Europe and USA is the confused one, who never is sure of himself. He even dumped his new found love in his marriage day, which eventually also would lead to his own downfall. He is also the one who is almost entirely responsible to kill his own family, as also his befriended lovers and ultimately charts his own death.
The protagonists take you through a roller coaster ride of love, murders and betrayals. The book also portrays the lives of the rich and the mighty very subtly who loves to splurge, but has their own sorts of in-securities and how they themselves in a way create those. The book describes the journey of Rannvijay to glory by using his wit and how Rajvir and Viraj both in a way helps him to achieve it and also provide gentle hints of how the merciless underworld operates.
The narrative mode used by the author is good where the three different protagonists tell their own stories, but it is only at the end where you’ll realize the connection between the characters. Only if they knew about it earlier, things could have been lot different. The writing is simple and easy to read. All in all a good read and you’ll not let putting the book down till you finish it.