Author: Saurav Vaish
Publisher: Diamond Books
Price: 100 INR( Available at a low rate on different online shopping sites)
Book Summary: Everybody falls in love once in a lifetime but not everybody is destined to have them. Saksham and Priya were one of the few lucky ones.
They had their share of ups and downs through school till they reached the status of “in a relationship” which takes them on a journey of commitment, long distance relationship, sacrifices, demands, expectations, fights, arguments and sex.
They not only have to deal with their strict families but even with themselves. With the rapid change in the mindset of the youth about love and relationships, it becomes interesting to see if their movie-tale like love story will have a happy ending or not? Will they be able to resist temptations? Will they be able to confront their families? Will they be able to sacrifice their comforts and happiness for the one they love? And the most important question is...ARE THEY REALLY IN LOVE???
My View: A guy meets a girl and they become really good friends at school and fall in love. But like every love story, the girl cheats on her boyfriend and breaks up with him eventually for a better and rich guy. Simple, isn't it? Yes it is a typical love story infused with sweet talks, love, fights, the pain of staying away from each other, the anxiety to meet your partner and what not. Reasons enough not pick a yet again love story of a youth.
But, but, but, hold on! There's something that tries to gather all your attention to the story. The book is a kind of memoir and I believe so many of us can relate to it. The author has put all his emotions into this book, each word and incidents are strong and captivating. The way they bunk their coaching classes to stay by each other, bridging the gap of a long distance relation, saving all month to meet your girl friend trying to cover up all the lies you say for that one girl. You know there's no future, still you are head over heels for each other and hope to make it one day. Their friendship at school that becomes stronger day by day, support that Priyali provides when Saksham's mother passes away, the rift between a father and son, a father scolding his son for not concentrating on his studies, balancing personal and professional life, Priyali leaving Saksham for another boy are some situation described really well in the book. The way Saksham copes up with his break up is really heart renting, you feel so sad about the state of Saksham. The book makes you kinda emotional and sympathetic for the protagonist and creates a little hatred for Priyali. You really wonder as to why does she leave him for some rich guy? The book shows an aspect of long distance relationship and very clearly depicts the pros and cons of such kind of a relation.
The only drawback the book faces is poor editing. One of the biggest problem that Indian book market is facing is real bad editing and this book seems to be a victim of the same. At certain stages, you get to see 'bucks' written as 'bugs'. I really wonder how could one find some number of bugs in his bag, were they bed bugs or something? Lol!
My Rating: 3.5/5
The book should be read at least once and I am sure you'll not be disappointed.
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