Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review: D: Ten Years. Two Lives. One Cafe. by Aniruddha Mahale

On the jacket:

This is not a story. It might be long, and have chapters. It might even appear like one—with a beginning, and an end, and also a middle, but it still isn't one. It is a journey.

It begins in early 2003, where fate throws destiny D—a spunky and spontaneous teenage girl, and the author A—a mumbling socially awkward prepubescent young boy, involuntarily together over a chance meeting at a café. But as all non-stories go, what begins as one impulsive-yet-hurried meal expands into more than a decade’s worth of meetings, musings and repartees. Rest as they say, is history.

It’s a thrilling adventure of two people and the challenging travails of growing up, following heart-to-heart conversations between D and A, as they talk about the past, the present and the future over cups of coffee and accompanying croissants, exploring everything that floats around in this universe, allowing us to tag along with them in their journey and slowly diffuse in their lives.


This is not a regular work of fiction. It's definitely not one of our random love stories. How you interpret it, is up to you - different readers can take it in different perspectives. It's a  story about D and A, who meet by chance and end up spending a whole lot of time and memories, over the years at a cafe.

I began reading this book without reading the blurb. Because. The cover enthralled me.  After a long time, I have picked a book and gazed at the cover for the longest time, imagining the many plots that can be spun in the cafe depicted there. And I was not disappointed. Very good, smooth flowing language, spun in a conversational manner; the conversations smoothly transition from one to another. 

Characters were well-formed, the plot well-spun, D is a book I would want to read again, maybe when I am travelling. A good read from a debut author, D thankfully doesn't show traces of stereotype patterns which most books these days have. Another thing working for the book, is that most of us can identify with it in some way of the other.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Paper Clip Books. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]


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