Saturday, December 12, 2015

#BookReview: When Our Worlds Collide by Aniesha Brahma

On the jacket:


Akriti has led a pretty much sheltered life. 

Zayn has been shuttled from city to city when he was growing up.  She is comfortable watching her life from the sidelines.  He wants to feel rooted to a place he can call ‘home’.  They meet each other quite by chance.  And both seize the chance to be someone they both need in their lives: For Zayn, it’s a 'Partner-In-Crime'.  For Akriti, someone who just knows how to be there for her…  When their worlds collide,  It is not what either of them expected it to be.  Zayn has a steady girlfriend. And Akriti has a crush on him.  What happens when these two become friends?  The biggest adventure of their lives? Or the road to heartbreak?  What happens when two completely different people collide?  Do they become friends? Or, is their friendship doomed from the start?  'When Our Worlds Collide' is the story of two twenty-three-year olds, Who are finally growing up and finding their feet in the world.  A tale of friendship and love, crushes and betrayals, messes and second chances,  Marriage and divorce… and the elusive happily ever after!

Review:

Two young people from very different worlds cross path without knowing that they will meet again. And when they do meet again, what happens is beautiful. No, this is not a chic-lit. This is also not a happily ever after story. It is what the title of the story suggests - about worlds of two people colliding. 
I will be very frank, I sat to read this book, ready to find flaws. Why? The cover pic is too pretty for the story to be flawless. I have not read Brahma's previous books so for me, this is her first book. But, going by what I read, this is the writing of a seasoned author. 
Aakriti comes from a broken home and lives with her mother. After her masters, she chooses to run her mother's cafe as it gives her the opportunity to hide from the world. Zayn has lived across multiple cities of the country; they were always on the move. As a result, he had never found his hold and a place to call home. Both came with their own insecurities when one day, they met after years, through a common friend. What conspires is mainly friendship, with a hope of something more. However, life isn't simple for any of us, is it? Neither is it so in a story.
The characters are most interesting. I think Brahma's strongest point is characterization. She's created them and given them life. Be it Aakriti's mother, her estranged father and his new family, her help in the cafe Abdul, his cousin and her friends, Zayn, or Nimmi - in every scene I felt like they are around me and the dialogues are being exchanged right in front of me. 
Brahma's other strong point just might be keeping the plot realistic. I personally keep a watch for places in the plots where my mind goes - whaaaaat? how is that even possible? - and I was ready to do that, but alas! there was not a single scope. While the end disappointed me initially because I was expecting something (our minds have been seasoned to expect only the obvious) but once the end registered in my mind, I actually like it!
I will not delve into the story any more. I plan to read it again soon, and before that, I hope you have read it to!

Rating: ****/5

[A copy of this e-book was provided to me by the author as a part of the blog tour by B00k R3vi3ws Tour. Views expressed in this review are my own nonetheless.]




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About the Book
Akriti has led a pretty much sheltered life. 
Zayn has been shuttled from city to city when he was growing up. 
She is comfortable watching her life from the sidelines. 
He wants to feel rooted to a place he can call ‘home’. 
They meet each other quite by chance. 
And both seize the chance to be someone they both need in their lives: 
For Zayn, it’s a 'Partner-In-Crime'. 
For Akriti, someone who just knows how to be there for her… 
When their worlds collide, 
It is not what either of them expected it to be. 
Zayn has a steady girlfriend. And Akriti has a crush on him. 
What happens when these two become friends? 
The biggest adventure of their lives? Or the road to heartbreak? 
What happens when two completely different people collide? 
Do they become friends? Or, is their friendship doomed from the start? 
'When Our Worlds Collide' is the story of two twenty- three-year olds, Who are finally growing up and finding their feet in the world. 
A tale of friendship and love, crushes and betrayals, messes and second chances, Marriage and divorce… and the elusive happily ever after! 


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Character Interview: Suzanna & Surbhi



Suzanna: Why am I stuck in an interview with Surbhi? She’s a minor character! 
Surbhi: A minor character who is a catalyst! 

Is there anything you do not like about your characters?

Surbhi: Yes. I don’t like how she doesn’t judge people. Isn’t that not human?
Suzanna: No. I loved my character to a T.

Do you have a favorite scene in When Our Worlds Collide?

Surbhi: Sure. I love the fact I slip drinks to people. 
Suzanna: I kind of love the fact I am a one-woman force behind Poetry Slams. 

Do you have a favorite character, besides yourselves, in the book?

Surbhi: Sure. I love Esha. Even though I do not get a scene with her.
Suzanna: I like both Akriti and Zayn. In fact, I really love those two kids. 

Why do you think people should read When Our Worlds Collide?

Surbhi: Because they’re bored out of their minds?
Suzanna: Nice, Surbhi. *rolls eyes* I think they should read it because it is a coming of age story. And because it tells you right from the start that it is not always about the happy ending. Sometimes, it is about the story.

Do you think either of you will feature in subsequent sequels to this novella?

Surbhi: Pfffftttt!!!
Suzanna: It’s really too early to say. 



About the Author

Aniesha Brahma knew she wanted to be a writer since she was six years old. She was schooled in Dolna Day School and went on to pursue B.A., M.A., and M.Phil in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur Univeristy. She currently lives in Kolkata, with her family and five pet cats. The Secret Proposal was her debut novel, followed by The Guitar Girl. She was a contributing author with her story The Difference, in the anthology: Voices, Old & New. When Our Worlds Collide is her third work of fiction, and first novella.




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