Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Review: The Storm in My Mind by Ayaan Basu

On the jacket:

The Storm in my Mind... is a collective narrative of events, habits, stereotypes and idiosyncrasies revolving around the contemporary society of Kolkata. It is a story of love as much as it is of hatred, passion, friendship, trust, misunderstandings, nostalgia and love for his city. It is the story of Aryan, his Kolkata and his mellowing heart that makes confessions of the times he has seen.


The Storm in My Mind is Ayaan Basu's first work of fiction in English to be published, and he has done a commendable job with the story. Set in Kolkata, it's about a young boy Aryan, in his early 20s, balancing engineering along with the graveyard shifts at Wipro, which he categorically stressed, wasn't the same as working at a BPO and falling in and out of love. 

The book needs some proof reading and there are some conflict in facts mentioned. As an author, the story is as clear as should be in Ayaan's mind and that's how it has been reproduced on paper. Engaging and smooth manner of storytelling, as a reader, I was involved with the plot. The book took just a few hours to read from cover to cover, and during this period, I was living the plot along with Aryan.

The Storm in My Mind talks about Aryan's relationship with two women who come into his life, while he studies and builds his own career. All characters are well-defined. So much, that I had begun to despise Anushka and sympathise with Kaira. Somewhere, I felt, just because Kaira had discloed her past to Aryan, she was somehow made to cheat on him and end up being the wrong choice. Nevertheless, how the plot proceeds is the author's discretion and it is a good read coming from a debut author. 

The cover is beautiful and one can sit looking at it for hours and cook up tales. However there is little or no connection to the story. Yes, the hand pulled rickshaw is mentioned in the story. But, when I looked at the cover and read the story, I loved both, however, it is difficult to connect them to each other, in my opinion.

A quick, good read, Ayaan Basu sure knows his craft and is definitely someone to look out for in the future.

Rating: ***.5/5

[This review is for Srishti Publishers & Distributors. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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