- Paperback: 255 pages
- Publisher: LiFi Publications Pvt. Ltd. (2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386191490
- ISBN-13: 978-9386191496
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Heart Quake Paperback – 2018
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About the BookBhuj. Circa, 2001. A city wrecked by a massive earthquake. They met after ten long years. Their hearts wrecked by the promise of togetherness that could never be. As love tries to bloom again in the unlikeliest of places, intrigue sets in. Fleeting shadows… Hidden eyes… Mysterious deaths. What will happen when the tremors of love collide? Will he make it to the epicentre of love? Will her heart quake? Only Heart Quake will tell…
About the Author
Ishita Deshmukh is, in many ways, a mascot for national integration! Born to Bengali and Gujarati parents, she grew up on a steady diet of Tamil culture and French literature in Puducherry. If that wasn’t enough, she is married to a Telugu bidda. She has this uncanny (and unnerving) ability to switch between six different languages in the course of a conversation. She is a multi-tasking marketing professional who currently runs a small home business in Singapore and helps with her family business back home at Puducherry. She is passionate about the arts, loves painting, playing the piano and embroidery, but has always dreamt of becoming a writer. She is a regular fixture at the neighbourhood library and has a special place in her heart for romantic fiction. So, get ready to devour Heart Quake, the first of many delicious fares from her literary cauldron.
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Author: Ishita Deshmukh
The title of the book ‘Heart Quake’ is different and hints to the reader the story about feelings and emotions.
The cover image of the book is an abstract art of a couple swinging holding a single rope with a heart-shaped image in the background and cracks all over the main background giving a clue about the emotional heartbreaks in the story.
The story is set up during the most disastrous earthquakes India has ever seen, i.e. Earth Quake in Bhuj, in 2001. Three characters of which two are female and one is the male is to be talked about. Sonal, a dutiful nurse in the aftermath of the earthquake’s medical services at the earthquake affected places with an agenda of finding her lot friend Smita and Tejas, Sonal’s ex-beau is the doctor in the same place.
The tryst of long lost emotions, confused state in communicating the present emotions and an unclear understanding of the future between Sonal and Tejas is the crux of the story.
What I like:
1. The storyline that is set up during the chaotic times that people were under
2. The emotional quotient which is well managed
3. The turnaround time during and after the natural calamity
What I didn’t like:
1. Many errors are found while reading including grammatical and vocabulary
2. Poor editing was a speed breaker during the read
All the characters are well plotted with notable importance.
The simple and involving narration stands highlight in the book.
Language & Grammar:
A better editing would have made the book more memorable.
My Final Verdict:
A fine and neat one time read.
Book Title: 3/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Language & Grammar: 3/5
Final Rating: 3/5
Sonal, a nurse has arrived in the city of Bhuj, just after the shocks that left the city to shambles in the year 2001. Assisting a team of doctors in a camp named Shanti Vaas, Sonal’s main motive to come to Bhuj is to look for her best friend Smita, who lived there with her family. Taking out whatever time she could between treating patients, Sonal searches for Smita in the camps across the city in the hope of finding her. While Sonal starts looking for Smita across several camps in the city, she comes face to face with her past, her ex-boyfriend Tejas, who is in Bhuj to pick the most challenging medical cases for his soon to be launched multi-specialty hospital. With Sonal standing on the staircase to the next phase of her life with her fiance and Tejas pursuing her adamantly, she is caught between her mind and heart and her aim to find Smita.
Amidst all this, unknown to any of them, there are uncouth agents at work in this disastrous times hell-bent on filling their pockets at the cost of barely surviving human lives.
Can Sonal find her best friend in this rubble? Will Sonal and Tejas resolve their issues to come together once again? Or will Sonal move on without him to the next level in her life? Will the unscrupulous people be caught before they wreak more havoc in the already devastated city?
Written in simple English, there was an attraction that I could feel while reading this book which I usually don’t feel with any Indian authors of this genre. Lucid, the language never felt out of place, if you know what I mean! (the attempts by Indian authors to put forth a book written in English language trying hard to compete with their foreign counterparts whose first language is English) There was a balance between the words, no looking up for meanings of some uncommon synonym of a simple word, yet it wasn’t mediocre.
When I first heard the name of this book, I thought that what I was going to read would be a cliche romantic story. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The story isn’t romantic at all, maybe a few scenes, but no more. It is a complete package of mirch-masala, the potpourri of emotions, love, hate, crime, suspense, hope, despair, a drama with the backdrop of a natural disaster. In terms of characterization, neither the protagonists nor the supporting characters had enough depth. Sonal’s character has been touched upon a little, but the rest are quite shallow. Although the blurb mentions Sonal and Tejas to be the protagonists, it’s only Sonal who takes the center stage. The pace of the story is good, it doesn’t linger on unnecessarily and comes to the point easily. A few nameless conversations led to confusion, making me re-read the lines. Also, Sonal’s and Tejas’s past story is given in snippets, which in fact is very little given the fact that it is actually that major part, on which the whole story is based.
Set against the background of a calamity claiming thousands of human and animal life alike, one expects the emotion of empathy to be present, instead, the feeling of sympathy is more prominent. The rawness of human nature is exposed. The ability to derive benefit from the worst of human situations is reserved for humans only. Nothing grabs human attention more than the tragedy of the loss of human life.
All said, this story could be made into a typical Bollywood film, albeit some modifications are required. Frankly, despite its flaws, there was nothing in this book that I didn’t like, and that left me wondering if my taste has changed, and I have finally started liking Indian authors. Alas no, but I have come across an author whose future works (if the genre is kept the same) I’d be looking forward to when I would want to read some fast-paced drama.
The story is predictable. Nevertheless, the potpourri of emotions ranging from nostalgia to affection and hatred to trauma, all make the story stimulating. Fast-paced and simple to comprehend, the narrative does justice to the plot and the characters. The monologues are short and to the point. However, the presence of several characters makes it a little difficult to appreciate and associate with all of them. Another drawback is the presence of several errors in the editing of the story (incorrect verbs, incorrect tenses and misplaced dialogues). I wish it was proofread once more!
Review first published on induswomanwriting. Check aliveshadow (.) com for complete review.
In the city of Bhuj, after the entire shock, amidst all the chaos and dread, there was also an overflow of emotions in the book - love, friendship, and a whole bunch of confusion, hope in the time of disaster, which is a ray of sunshine.
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