Friday, November 8, 2013

#BookReview: Because Every Raindrop Is a Hope by Sankalp Kohli, Mansi Sharma

On the jacket:


Caught in the turmoil of an Underrated Love and an Overrated Infatuation, Raj, a young boy with larger than life dreams, from a small town of Kanpur, is at the cross road of life, where every road ahead leads to nothing but a Dead-end.

Through the grueling course of circumstances, he is subjected to the bitter tests of life, where he fails to justify his one decision of parting ways with Mahek.

But, when Mahek flashes out of his life, leaving him all alone, the guilt of not been forgiven by her, ruins his soul; and that frustration leads him into seclusion, devoid of even his best buddies Rohan and Rahul.

Failed love, broken friendship, a hurt ego and lost soul Raj is doomed to darkness. With no ray of hope ahead, just when Raj is about to give up on life, he come across a note, written to him by his favorite professor, "Never give up Raj Because Every Raindrop is a Hope" which brings Raj face to face with his own self.

Why Love that makes Life beautiful, turns into Satan? Why friendship one fine day loses all its meaning? Why on the crowded roads of Mumbai city, Raj finds himself walking all alone? Will Raj challenge Life and fight back with the sword of Hope or will he take the easy way out by succumbing to the arduous tests of time.

Review:

A story about Raj and his two best friends, Rohan and Rahul, this book takes us to Mumbai, from small town Kanpur. The protagonists have recently moved to Mumbai and are unsure about how their lives would be in this big, bad city. They get a glimpse to the difficult side of Mumbai when they see a girl who was hurt and limping, being told by a woman, "This is Mumbai, even the single-limbed have to run!"

The story consists of friendship and love, a concept that has been done to death - but Sharma and Kohli, the authors have managed to keep freshness in the plot. There is a bit of love story, a bit of college life, some hardships, some drama and some suspense. Oh, and like with all who move to Mumbai to study or work, there is Goa! 

Ups and downs of individuals' lives, how college life can be for modern small town kids in a big city, the competition, the heartbreaks, this book has it all. What didn't score well with me was that the book needed some editing and proof reading. A quick, light read, Sharma and Kohli have a way with words and are quite interesting story-tellers.

Rating: ***.5/5

[This is an author request interview. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.] 

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