- Paperback: 254 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: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,02,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Helpline: 1 Paperback – 28 Mar 2014
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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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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. The author takes us on Samir’s journey of self discovery. Both the plot and the characters showed huge potential that the debut author has delivered them both quite well. Uday Mane uses simple language that is easy to get into. The story is well narrated and the pace is set just right.
Overall, this book presented for an exciting read that I did enjoy a lot. It is really nice to realize that not all young authors of today’s generation is going into the well practiced commercial romance stuff and that some do stand out with their novels with some serious content.
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.
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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