Saturday, July 26, 2014

#BookReview : The Helpline by Uday Mane

On the jacket:

Samir is suicidal. Rachael works for a suicide helpline. Fate connects them through a phone call. And so begins Samir’s story of love, longing, errors, regret and a girl who changed his life. As his story reaches its conclusion, Rachael will know the true reason behind his suicidal tendencies. But this suicide helpline is not any ordinary service. There is more to the mysterious and yet so convincing voice of Rachael. As this new mystery begins to unfold, Samir is going to discover three things:   

What is The Helpline?  
Who is Rachael?  
What is Samir’s own identity?   

Every year, several teenagers in India attempt suicide because of failing relationships, dwindling careers, parental pressure or the competitive world. This story is about one such teenager, his early problems and the hurdles to cope with them. This story is about finding hope in the struggle. This story is about fighting for what you believe in and discovering your true identity. This is not a story about falling in love. This is a story of rising from a failed love story.  

Note: "Proceedings of Rs. 5 per book will be used for child welfare through The Rotary Foundation"


I was very curious about the book from the time I heard it's title and saw it's cover. Suicide helpline and the kind of calls that come on it, the way they are handled, etc have always intrigued me. Attending to a call where the person is on the verge of killing themselves, is not easy!

As the blurn suggests, Samir is suicidal and he calls up a suicide helpline. The call was answered by Rachel. The Helpline is a journey of a man, heartbroken and on the verge of killing himself - to his conversations with Rachel - his revelations about himself and his life. Though it might seem, this is not just Samir's story. 

The author has done a fine job in creating an interesting story with some mystery towards the end of it, along with creating awareness about depression, and how parents cannot put too much pressure on their children.

Editing leaves a lot to be desired.

Rating: ***.5/5

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

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