Dreams in Prussian Blue by Paritosh Uttam

Penguin India has very recently published a new series called, “Metro Reads” – which promises to be quick reads while on the go, or could be interpreted as being set in Metros (which 2 out of 3 are) and representing the hectic lives we lead, which ultimately go nowhere.

Let me admit right at the onset: I was sceptical about reading this one. I have always had my reservations about reading a new Indian writers’ work, primarily because these days there are dime a dozen and one honestly wishes that one can read them all, unfortunately time is at a premium, and that is when books like this one come as a breath of fresh air.

I did not love “Dreams in Prussian Blue”, but I liked it a lot. The plot is simple: Naina, a first-year fine art student is smitten by Michael Angelo (thought the play of words to be quite funny) – who is her senior. He is drawn very similarly to Howard Roark, or at least that’s the impression I got while reading the book. He lives to paint and paints to live.

The couple move in together, and Naina has to quit college and work to support the house while Michael paints, besides providing for his artistic supplies. Ruchi and Abhi are their college friends, who represent the mundanity of everyday living. Naina is helpless and tired of being the provider – she wants Michael to take up some kind of job to be able to share the expenses, and then an accident occurs which leads to Michael’s blindness, and this is where the story begins.

Part mystery, part love affair, Dreams in Prussian Blue is like I said different. The tag line reads, “When Love Kills”, and you will never know why till the end of the book. By the end of it, I wish there was more to it. I wish I would know more about Naina and Michael. Paritosh certainly knows how to get you to keep the pages turning, and one of the highpoints of the book, as mentioned before, is that it is short and does not tax the brains.

7 thoughts on “Dreams in Prussian Blue by Paritosh Uttam

  1. Jayati Grover

    hi!
    i pretty much agree to your review. i went without a lot of expectations, slowly got drawn to the story and by the end, was deeply moved. As you put it, i did not love the book, but i liked it for sure!

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  2. Keerthy

    Dreams in Prussian Blue
    At one point.. I could feel the pain taken by Naina.. I wished she would be back to her parents and teach Micheal a lesson for being so self centered.
    At one point I felt so disturbed and took pity on Micheal for being so helpless not able to see the paints. Its not easy to paint.. that too for a blind person. Being cheated in such a way is a pity.
    Then, with a such a decision taken by Micheal to threaten Naina with the mocktail, I was again angry on Micheal.
    Later, I felt happy for Naina.. to be a mother and a wife.. touched by her parents visiting their grandchild.
    Finally, my heart went out to stop Naina for a brief moment to listen to what Micheal had to say after all the separated years. The ending made me to have a nostalgic feeling..!
    Mr Uttam, could you please describe the actual feeling of Micheal at that particular moment?

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  4. a reader

    the book was the most amazing book i have ever read . i have read it twice and still i wanna read it again and again. it had a very long lasting effect on my mind and i don’t know how to cope up with it.

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