Anant Dot Com by Dr. Govind Sharma is a fast paced entertaining read. The story has enough twists and turns to keep the attention of the readers. Additionally, the novel is a small one and can be finished within two to three hours if your reading speed is good. The chapters are small and the author has avoided the use of lengthy descriptions. The book could have been a lengthy one as there is enough potential to expand the book. However, it seems that the author has deliberately attempted to keep the book as short as possible. The reasons behind this could be related to making this book a fast paced novel. While I do not see any harm in doing that as it makes this book a good travel companion, the same may irk some readers who love reading detailed descriptions and depth in writing.
The story of the book revolves around the life of a few college students and their life after the college. As typical of any college story, romance plays a very important role in the main story-line of this book too. The main protagonist of this novel is Ananat. And, in a way, it is his story. Different phases of his life (a careless college student but an avid sports lover, a troubled businessman and a successful sports coach) have been depicted to promote the values of joint-family systems and the true meaning of life. The author has also inserted messages from Ramcharitmanasa at a number of places in the main plot to emphasize these points. However, instead of giving emphasis to these points, these messages act as a distraction. These messages suddenly appear and create a diversion. These messages could have been made interesting if the author would have interwoven the same within the main story-line.
There are a number of characters in this book. Nevertheless, instead of creating confusion in readers’ mind, these characters help the story-line to move ahead in an attractive manner. Though a number of these characters should have been developed further, they are interesting enough to charm you. I especially liked the characters of Mala, Mamaji and Baldev. The language is simple and the author has avoided the use of complicated words. The title of the book is an unusual one and, in fact, was one of the reasons for me for picking up this book. However, after reading the book, I found out that this title does not relate to the contents of the book in a major way. The cover of the book is appealing but the blurb could certainly have been better.
So, what is my overall impression of this book? The book is a nice read but could have been much better.