Author: Amit Singh
The days of simple stories with simpler plots and innocence at their core are nowadays being replaced by fast paced writing with narratives that contort to the present scenario of erosion of values. Indeed, such writing in the form of socio-political thrillers and narratives that show mankind tackling the ravages of this changed cultural context are required to open discourse on this bludgeoning phenomenon, but stories that have simplicity to their core are also required to be read for grasping seraphic idealism. Amit Gupta comes up with such a book, which has also been likened to Rajshri Production films by many. Here is a simple love story with elements of inspiration, romance and the grit to overcome obstacles and the power of true love.
The story revolves around the protagonists Aditya and Ananya. Aditya is a person without any aim and suffers from suicidal instincts due to his failures in life. Ananya is a successful television journalist and is bold and courageous, with immense strength to go against the system. Aditya falls in love with Ananya on seeing her for the first time, under circumstances when he wants to overcome his shortcomings and do something worth appreciating in his life. Does Aditya succeed in telling Ananya about the feelings he has for her? Would the end of this love story be happy? Does Aditya make something out of his life? This forms the storyline.
Regarding literary merit, the story is worth reading for its idyllic narrative. The language is simple and not much adorned, and the laid back writing will make it an easy read for general readers, whereas those looking for long-winded prose would be disheartened. The character development could also have been deeper and more layered, and Aditya and Ananya, being such contrasting personalities, could have been explored with more discernment. However, the heart of this book is its simple plot, which has some interesting twists and the story isn’t much predictable. The narrative is never astray and only characters and incidents genuinely required are given a place in the book.
The front cover isn’t much interesting but the blurb at the back cover will certainly make readers pick up this book, because of the eloquent lines written and a well nuanced insight of the story being offered.
This is a short light-hearted read which should be read for its laidback and moderately paced writing and the exquisite merit of a simple love story plot for the general reader to relish. The fact that, in the process, it also tells us about the power of true love and the strength of overcoming challenges with determination and confidence that it gives is a valuable addition.