The perfect drug by chaitanya saini is a uniquely crafted story of ananya, an intelligent guy aiming for admission in a prestigious college. He finally gets a seat at St. Stephen’s college in Delhi, which sets a pathway not only pursuing his dream but a lot of hardwork and twists and turns along the way.
The book follows a very unique format and it’s own terminology which manages to create a very intimate connect with the reader. The book progresses in the way a cell becomes a baby to an adult, over the years. This progression is linked to the Spiritual journey of an aware and willing individual.
On the outset, this is a very usual story of a guy studying in a prestigious college and dealing with the heavy pressure and daily rigmarole. Moving ahead, he starts questioning the system which doesn’t see beyond materialistic capacity of a person.
However on closer inspection we find that this book presents very valid and deep philosophical questions which have the potential to not only improve the life we’re living but even remarkably change the system that keeps us bind in a cage.
The contents are hence arranged in such a manner that follows the Spiritual awakening of the reader, through the protagonist Ananya. When we’re completely engrossed in the system, our level of consciousness is equivalent to the physical shape of a Zygote, which progresses to Embryo, then to fetus moving ahead to development of genitilia (which marks our individuality and identity in the society).
Ananya is on the quest to making a perfect drug which according to him would help to beat the demon outside. But can a heightened state of consciousness be actually attained by some artificial means? The key ingredient (his intuitive power) which enables Ananya to challenge a desolate system is compromised once there is overdependence of this “Perfect Drug”.
This book has a very spiritual, soul searching edge to it which manages to question very valid shortcomings of the society. Overall I would rate this book 4/5 for the way it handles a serious theme and mixes it well, making it a perfect, valuable read for the average college going reader.