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The Helpline Kindle Edition
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Samir is introduced to us as a boy with a suicidal tendency. People who care for him continue to follow their lives comforting him but there is a hidden pain that is searching the way out. A voice that needs to be heard, a story that needs a narrator and here he is - Uday Mane.
This is a narrative that describes how does a person with a suicidal tendency feels, what all does he experience when the world sees him as motionless creature occupying the vacant chair. He dives deep into the ocean of memories and brings out the pearls that bring shine in Samir's eyes.
He has a strong hold on his characters and their roles. He has this in-depth understanding of the psyche of the vulnerable personality. Not by any means, you can make out that this is his first tryst with the ink and nibs. Kudos.
Note: Received the book from The Book Review Program hosted by The Reader's Cosmos against an honest review.
The story has its heart in the right place. It talks of a young man who is forced to study Engineering while he hates it. He wants to become a writer but that’s completely unacceptable to his father. But Nana had told him he could be anything he wanted to. Torn in different directions, Samir has a tough time until Riya comes back into his life only to tell him after a few months that she’s going abroad for a couple of years. Samir is shattered.
I liked the two short stories that Samir writes - The Joker & The Prince of Aramadia. Surprisingly, both these stories are perfectly written and make complete sense. They portray the talent of a budding writer perfectly.
Siddartha’s character with Down’s Syndrome has been sketched extremely well and the scenes surrounding the home for disabled children run by Nana has been presented with great care.
This is Uday Mane’s first book and I realise that the author probably wanted to say a lot. A strong editing hand would have put paid to one-third of the pages in the book and made the plot much tighter and a way more interesting read.
Then there are the spelling mistakes and grammatical errors that have not been taken care of. I suppose one can’t blame the author for the same and it’s up to the publishing house to ensure that the book is perfectly presented.
I was impressed by the following paragraph in the book:
“I wish for a house by the sea,” she answered almost immediately. “Far away from the city honks and horns; where the only sound is that of curtains dancing to the tunes of a strong breeze; where I can stroll on the beach after a delightful meal, not worrying about returning to unworldly demands; where I can walk bare feet, feel the sand grains between my fingers and the cold water kiss my feet, where there is wind, water and the sound of it for miles to come. I wish to be in that moment.”
Helpline by Uday Mane is a story that touches your heart.
Disclaimer: I received a hard copy (paperback) of Helpline from the author in return for my honest review as part of the Blog Tour conducted by The Book Club
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