State of Fear by Michael Crichton
Greatness of Michael Crichton is his ability to present some of the esoteric concepts in an entertaining form…and sometimes this is his failing too.
‘State of Fear’ falls in the second category. Set against the backdrop of global warming and all the hallabaloo of the environment agencies, the main characters try to race against time to thwart the plans of so called environment terrorists. A smart government agent, a billionaire, his beautiful secretary and his lawyer form the team that goes against this terrorism. Is this team enough to fight the so called ‘environment terrorism’–is a question that haunts you while reading the novel. And there are hackneyed sub-plots of misunderstood triangular romance, male-female typical conflict etc.
So, what starts off as promising novel, ends up as a huge repository for all the news items and research rallying against the so-called impending threat of global warming.
This small book by Geet Sethi, makes it for a breezy reading. Good printing, small hardbound edition makes it a good carry anywhere. Work and its aftermath are well dissected and presented from the perspective of a person who conceived and stuck to a single goal–perfection.
On a sidenote, people who had their taste of success will enjoy this book better than people on their way.:-)
In the 80s, in the good old Doordarshan days, a rather irritating cartoon would greet the ‘Chitrahaar’ viewers with a ‘Hee..Hee..Lijjat Papad’. Today, literally, Lijjat is laughing all the way to the bank.
Rediff.com chronicles the success path of Lijjat papad.