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About the Author

Born in Pune and brought up in Mumbai, Uday Mane works as a Social Media enthusiast during the day and a storyteller during the night. He is an avid reader, and loves to collect classic books. You can connect with him on Twitter: @The_Allegorist

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Private Limited; First edition (28 March 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9383562889
  • ISBN-13: 978-9383562886
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,00,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By b00k r3vi3ws TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 September 2014
Format: Paperback
Our first protagonist is Samir, a typical youth of this generation who is struggling with his life. He feels lost and blames himself for the tragedies in his life. Out of desperation, he calls The Helpline for the suicidal and connects with our second protagonist, Rachel. As he narrates the story of his life to this stranger over the phone, and more importantly a stranger who seems to understand him, the story unfolds… What is the Helpline? Who is Rachel? And most importantly, does Samir manage to get out of his situation or does he finally succumb to his suicidal impulses.

Suicide is a common element of our lives. Each day we read about or hear about suicides on the telly. Recently the number of suicides among the youth has gone up – be it as a result of ragging or failed relationship or academic pressure… There are people who would say that suicide is a coward’s way out, but I do not agree. It takes guts and desperation to go against human’s basic instinct of self preservation. So, I was attracted to this book in the first place because it handles this topic.

The character of Samir is such that everyone will be able to identify with some parts of him. He is the most well fleshed out character in the story and we get to know him slowly and steadily as he narrates is his life’s story. Then there is Rachel… Well, I will not say much about her here in the review, other than the fact that she intrigued me from the very beginning. There are several other characters who play some role in Samir’s story. Riya and her brother Siddhartha play a significant role. The plot discusses various issues out of the pages of our lives – from depression to suicidal impulses to the various forms of pressures that a person has to endure in our society.
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The story is about Samir Masand, a 20 year old, residing in Mumbai, who has suicidal tendencies. It is about his growing up years, his bitter-sweet relationship with Riya, his friendhip with Neha, his dreams about becoming a writer. It is all this and much more. It is about his conversations with Rachael, a worker at the helpline, who is trying to reason out the logic for his suicidal tendencies. It is about Samir’s guilt stricken mind that plays games with him. It is about failure and it is about rising above the failures.

The storyline is interesting and simple. The writing is decent. But, the editing could have been crispy. After the first few chapters, there is a considerable amount of editing glitches in form of typos. Also, at some places, there are conversations that have present and past tense mixed up that creates a lack of flow. I wish the editing could be better.

Coming to the book and how I like it : I like the book. It is a good attempt on the workings of the brains of suicidal teenagers and gauging their thoughts. It keeps one wondering how our human minds work. It makes us realize how vulnerable we can get when we fall into certain situations. It shows us the importance of having control over our minds. It shows us how to rise above our failures. It shows us how we are stronger than we think. Overall, a thought provoking novel that certainly makes one think about the vulnerability of a human mind.
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If this book wasn’t recommended to me by a friend, I would’ve definitely missed out on it as this is not the kind of book I usually pick off the shelf. The first look of the book, its title and the introduction, give a grim impression of the story. On the cover, words like depression, dreams, pressure, pain, failure, void, form the silhouette of a young guy pointing his hand above his ear in a gun-like gesture; blood splash on the wall; "THE HELPLINE" written in blood red.

The back blurb…
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.

The helpline Rachael works for is said to be mysterious. What can be so mysterious about a helpline I wondered. So, Samir is a frustrated young lad and Rachael is the girl who changed his life. Simple? No.

Read the complete review here: weirdchhori.blogspot.in/2016/08/the-helpline-book-review.html

So before you go and find out Samir’s story, do recommend if you know of any such books.
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By Geeta TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 July 2014
Format: Paperback
WHAT I FELT ABOUT THE BOOK?

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Story-line – Interesting, intriguing and one you can relate to. This is not just the story of Samir the protagonist, who shows suicidal tendency on account of his inability to cope up with a guilt but is also the story of a sister who’s world revolves around her one and only brother a victim of Down’s Syndrome. The Helpline also introduces us to a true friend in the form of Neha. Her worries, her concern for the protagonist are something that endears her to the readers.

But is there anything as failed love here? Well I wouldn’t use the expression ‘failed love’ for the simple reason that the choice of parting ways was a conscious decision made by the protagonist himself. Instead I would say this is a story of rising from the trauma of a disaster that gave rise to guilt.

The suspense surrounding the reason for Samir’s depression, his suicidal tendency, Rachael and her helpline are all maintained well till the very end. No hints, no clues are dropped anywhere in between. And this is exactly what engages the reader.

Language – Simple and lucid. The narrative flows freely.

Characters - The characters are well etched with all their virtues as well as flaws. Each character contributes to the flow of the story.

Message – The story conveys a strong message to both parents and those suffering from depression/ suicidal tendency. 1) For parents – Don’t force your dreams on your child. It can boomerang. 2) For those suffering from depression/ suicidal tendency – Suicide is not the only way out of your problems. We dream. Some dreams come true, others fail. Accept it and move on. When you are low speak to a dear one. It helps.
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