Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Thank You Love (A book review)

Author- Ayush Gupta
Publishers- HALF BAKED BEANS; First Edition edition (2016)
Language: English
Pages- 150 pages
Genre- Romance

Blurb- "Thank You Love" "...yes, I said, everything in life is uncertain, and it speaks the same." All human energy comes from that one thought. All the pain that we bear and the joys that we celebrate are the results of our thoughts at any moment. Strange isn't it? When Akshita was making her choices, Rayan made his. He refused to get over her and chose to own her absence in his heart and mind. Thank You Love describes how sitting on the floor in silence changed the world of "Rayan". He realised that love is not something that happens between two people, instead, it's an enduring quality within people. He realised that love is not something that you do, but is the way you are. He re-moulds one of the most important events of his life into a spark, re-channelises it and heads towards something that would later change the course of his life.

Book Review- The story begins on a promising note. A bus stuck in a landslide on a frosty night, a hut in the middle of nowhere and two strangers. The premise holds a lot of potential. But alas, the plot goes downhill from here, just like the debris blocking the highway at the beginning of the narration.

"Thank You Love” is a meandering tale of a whining young guy who yearns to get the affection of his ‘unfaithful’ girlfriend back. The love story of Rayan and Akshita is devoid of any real drama, the sparks are few and far between. Grammatical glitches also crop up at regular intervals, acting as a source of nuisance to the reader. The relationship of Rayan with his mother and his elder sister is, however, well defined and instils a sense of warmth in the heart of the reader.

Through this story, the author has tried to delve into the issues of selfless love, letting go of the past and the importance of being thankful for the small mercies. It is a commendable attempt, but a little more effort should have gone into the story-line and proof-reading. The climax is innovative but bland.

Verdict-  Nothing to write home about.

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