Book Review – Beyond Scars – by Alka Dimri Saklani

I have read and reviewed the Author’s previous book “Beyond Secrets” and I loved it…So, when I got opportunity to review this book, I was happy.. This book is so engaging to read that I completed reading it very soon…

I strongly believe that childhood plays an important role in our life..The way we grow up and the experiences we face at that time, whether it’s good or bad, affects our future life.

In this book Author talks about the lives of Avni, Vivaan and Avinash and the scars created in their lives due to bitter childhood days..Avni and Avinash are twins who deeply care for each other and Vivaan aka appu is a college going student and a painter..Author had penned appu character as a continution from her previous book “Beyond Secrets”.

Vivaan couldn’t come out from dark younger phase of his life though his adoptive parents love him a lot..He feels that he doesn’t have the capacity to connect with others..His raw emotions are reflected in his drawings and his search for missing part in life makes him unhappy and gloomy..

Avni and Avinash are inseparable twins who study in same college..They face severe problems in home due to their abusive father..Avni is very deeply affected due to an incident in her younger days which badly affects her present life..Avinash is over protective and over possessive towards his sister..

Avni meets Vivaan in his painting exhibition and he feels strongly attracted towards her..She admires his paintings and is able to understand the hidden meaning in all his drawings..

Avni also feels attracted towards Vivaan but he tries to avoid her due to his dark past..Whether their love succeeds against all odds or not makes this story an interesting read…

Relationship between Avni and Avinash is beautifully portrayed by the author..Their affection,fights and joyful moments together is refreshing to read..

Vivaan’s love and affection towards Avni and his reaction towards sudden and difficult situations makes the reader glued to the story..

Author talks about scars in our life and how we have to look beyond scars to live peacefully..The twists and turns in this story makes it an engaging read..

Author has explained various emotions like love, friendship, relationship, guilt and revenge faced by all these characters in detail.

I loved reading this book and my rating is 4.5/5.

Book Review – Friendship Calling – by Sayan Bhattacharya

Friendship Calling

There are some phases in our life which we wish to relive again..It can be our childhood, school or college days..Our old memories are triggered even by small happenings in our current life..Reading this book had this effect on me and I am reminded of my college days and friends I had during that time..I enjoyed a lot with my friends and that happiness I felt is irreplaceable in my life..

In this book, Author talks about friendship between four friends -Sayan,Bijoy, Kaushik and Debasish. They all meet at a college in Calcutta…The way their friendship starts and their relationship is good to read and I could connect it with my own experiences in my college life.

All the four friends are in touch with each other after their college days..But suddenly Kaushik disappears mysteriously and cuts contact with others..Sayan takes effort to track the whereabouts of Kaushik..He meets Manisha, Kaushik’s fiance..She too is unaware of Kaushik’s status..They both search for him and whether they are able to find him or not and the reason behind his sudden disappearance makes the story engaging to read!!!

While reading this book, I was reminded of the movie ” Three Idiots”.. Author himself says that he and his friends are ” four idiots”..The storyline is slightly similar but reason for disappearance of one friend is different in the book..

Author had portrayed the character of Kaushik very beautifully..His feelings, emotions, friendship, relationships, fear etc are penned in detail.

Manisha’s love for kaushik and the way she handles herself after knowing the reason for his disappearance is commendable.

Sayan tries hard to track Kaushik..His love and friendship with Kaushik is so deep and is understandable…Further, Kaushik’s parents characters have also been portrayed well by the author.

Author also talks about practical situations in which we lose contact with our friends after we leave college..Our own professional or personal commitments make us do so.

The excitement we feel when we go for an education tour with our friends is depicted clearly in the book..I was so nostalgic while reading this book.The uncertainty of life causes fear but it also teaches the fact that we have to face problems with strong will power and try to move on in our life.

Overall, this book is an interesting and an engaging read!!!

My rating is 3.5/5.