- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386073382
- ISBN-13: 978-9386073389
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,65,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black, White and the Grays in Between Paperback – 2016
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Kanak is one of Houston's most respected and successful doctors. Neil is the charming Head Boy from St. Teresa's and her first childhood crush. Fate had reunited the two young lovers during their medical residency at the Baylor College of Medicine. In a life that had an extraordinary ability to leave her unfulfilled, Neil and her Pa, Keshav, were the only two men who had brought peace and happiness to the motherless Kanak. They had supported her, applauded her, and held her close through the turns of life.
Rukhsar is the beautiful twenty-four-year-old daughter of Barqat Malik, the noor of her Abbu's eyes. Ashar is the handsome lover, who yearns to make his Rukhsar smile. Unlike Kanak, Rukhsar did have a caring Ammi. She also had a proud Abbu. However, she was eager to cast them off, along with the traditional values that she was expected to represent. Ashar was the only thread that still reeled her in, but even that could never be enough for a girl who just wanted to fly away.
Black, White and the Grays in Between is an emotional saga of hope, betrayed dreams, and the endless shades of gray. Set across three generations and three cities - Houston, Hyderabad, and the Bombay of the '70s - this is a story about love that is often selfless and self-doubting, and the unexpected virtue of listening to your heart.
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It does that and much more. It takes you deep into the minds of each of the characters so much so that you can truly relate to the anguish and heartbreak they experience. You are with Neil in his dilemma, with Rukhsar in her guilt, and most of all with Kanak in her longing and despair.
<i>"Of everything I could never become- a sister, a mother's daughter or a mother even - I did become and orphan"</i>
It makes you look for the many examples of selfless love around you - the supreme being the love of parents.
There's nothing you can't do if you have a life partner who loves, who cares and who is willing to be a part of every dream, every hope, every nightmare you may have.
My favourite lines from the book :
"I look ahead and all I see
A vast, endless, an buoyant sea
Of all the souls that ever touched my heart
The noblest still lives within my heart"
Abhishek has weaved his words in to a seamless flow that makes this book unputdownable from the moment you start reading. It is one of those stories that stay with you long after you've finished reading.
And to think that this is just his first novel !
Hope there are many more to come.
Kanak is Rumi’s manifestation of Selfless love. When immersed in a selfless love, a person does not separate the world in dualities nor seeks personal satisfaction from their love. She just dissolves like a sugar to gain understanding of Love. On the other hand, Rukhsar, Kanak’s contemporary portrays the other side of the coin. To their dismay fate had something else for them. Like Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) says "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Equally strong are the Neil’s, Keshav and Ashar’s characters who add to the plot immensely.
The Suspense at the end of the book will give you such a pleasant surprise that you will not want this story to end.
Abhishek has kept the plot tight and flawless. His depth and understanding of emotions and feelings comes from him being emotional and sensitive as a person. A remarkable debut. I can see this story being played in a broadway theatre and I will not be surprised if it is made as a musical.
Sparkling read !! The emotional sensitivity which the book touches is phenomenal . I felt to meet Kanak and witness the skyfall chapter adapted in a broadway play .
1. You are looking for a cliched love story.
2. You only like reading college dramas.
3. You just care about a simple story and not the writing and
4. You cannot appreciate subtlety and read between the lines.
If you do not belong to the above category, you probably should just stop thinking and pick this book up because you are in for such an emotional roller coaster.
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Honestly, what I had expected by just looking at the cover was that it would turn...Read more
Beautifully narrated.There are instances which make you cry as you get so attached to the characters in the story.
A must read :)