*NOTE: A copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Olympia Publishers for this. All opinions are my own.*
The story is set in the year 2023 where the narrator, a young college girl, remembers a person very close to her heart. What has happened to this person? On a stormy night the characters, including the narrator, get stranded in this enigmatic person’s parents’ house. Does the narrator know anything? Will the story end in a tragedy or is it a successful romantic love story? Suspense builds up and continues until the last lines.
The first thing I noticed about this book was how beautiful the cover is.
I read something, whatever it was, I don’t know, but it was something in this book.
The narrative starts off, in first person, with a bunch of people visiting an old friend’s mother. This old friend – Priya – has been MIA since a long time. A storm hits that night, forcing everyone to take shelter in Priya’s house, with her mother who carries a diary that has been handed to her by Priya.
It is the journey and story of Priya’s life. Even though the entire aspect about the diary is ensconced in mystery, there is next to nothing mysterious about her life. It is a bland narrative of her heart break and a list of boyfriends that she’s had till the point she gets married.
I would not like to rate it, because I don’t feel like I fully understood the concept behind it. It was more of a memoir; without a moral, than a novel. It was not well thought-out. There are some major loop holes, confusing story line, and infinite number of characters, that you forget about almost immediately.
I am really short on words, for this book. I think the title and the story weren’t in sync for almost 75% of the novel, and the last 25% quickly wrapped up the idea behind the title, which just felt disconcerting.
If you would want to read it, go ahead. Maybe you might understand it better. One caution though : if you’re not Indian, there is a slight chance you won’t be fully able to grasp the dialogue, as most of it is written in Hindi.