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Key to My Soul Paperback – 16 Dec 2016
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About the Author
Probal Mazumdar works in an IT company. He is an engineer by societal pressure, guitarist by love at first sound, singer by accident, poet by soul, writer by passion, a world class badminton player in childhood dreams, rebel by day, recluse by night, a samosa in a family of laddoos, a Jughead at the dining table, a shameless and congenital dreamer.
Oh! An arsonist too – when his wife is not around, sets his own house on fire with his little son.
He won the FIRST prize in the All India Poetry Competition, 2014, conducted by PSI (Poetry Society of India). Click on www.indianpoetry.org/awardsgeneral14.htm
His other poems have risen too from cold storage into literary journals like Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Wasafiri (U.K.), Acumen (U.K.), Chandrabhaga Literary Journal (Editor Jayanta Mahapatra), Dhauli Review, among others.
He writes short stories too. "Key To My Soul" is his debut novel.
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There is subtle romance as well as some fist-fight. There is treachery as well as love and care.The book takes us on a journey of amateur love that is caught up in a storm that takes years to settle down. The storm plays havoc in the lives of the protagonists only to see them especially Hazel, emerge strong. The author has been able to bring out the suffering and feeling of remorse experienced by Hazel and Siddharth respectively, well.
The strong bonds between the Father- son duo of Mr Banerjee and Siddharth as well as mother- daughter duo of Mary and Hazel is something one can’t miss. It is deep and one of understanding. However, one thing that I found wanting was more details on Sidharth and Kiran’s divorce.
CHARACTERIZATION: The characters of all including that of the least important ones are fleshed out well.
LANGUAGE: Language is simple and free-flowing. It reminded me of the water rushing in an irrigation canal in rains, cool and crystal clear.
PACE: Perfect. At no point did I feel my interest wane which would not have been so if the book was unevenly paced.
A wonderful read, one that has the capacity to hold the reader till the last word,
What I liked:
The smooth, steady pace of the story. Good, simple language
The descriptions of each scene, person, situation. May it be the rustling of leaves, to the Hazel's eyes, the paintings made by Siddharth, to the brutality of the muggers, sculptures made by Joydeep or the piano music played by Hazel's mom,
The layers of emotions like the paints on Siddharth's canvas. Lot many emotions going on in the story which connect with the reader and pull them along.
The well-etched characters and places.
The relation of the Title, Cover and story is perfect.
The small snippets of poetry are endearing and deep. Shows Probal's forte and the awards he won.
The connection of past with the use of letters and flashbacks and the present was seamless.
What I wanted more:
Sometimes I wanted the story to race ahead. But after the book ends it all feels right.
I wanted to shake & scold Siddharth for letting everything in life just pass by without making efforts to salvage it. Again in the talk with Hazel at her house, was happy to note he summarised it being the reason for his life being such a mess.
It won't be wrong if I say this book is a complete package of friendship, love, heartbreak, betrayal, revenge ..... And a lot more.
Key to soul is a good attempt by the author , who very beautifully described the love as well suffering experienced by siddhart and hazel. The emotional connect it had made it stand apart from the other novels.
- I really liked the simple yet very catchy cover with a guy holding the hand of his love. Also the colour contrast is beautiful.
- The blurb is what which made me pick up the book immediately. It leaves reader with questions which makes it an immediate pick.
- I also liked the title . It is very enticing and catchy.
- The characterisation is very strong. I could relate a lot with the characters.
- The letters and snippets of poetry were cherry on the cake. They added more beauty to the plot.
- The steady pace and flawless narration is something worth complimenting
- The climax was something that left me awestruck.
- Some events could have been avoided .
Key To My Soul is a typical coming of age love story of Sidd Banerjee and Hazel Castelinos.
It’s a romantic story which starts in present, takes you back to the protagonists past, where they got acquainted, fall in love but fate separates them. Their journey after that, under what circumstances they meet again, will they get together or will fate deliver another blow, is what the story is all about.
What caught my eye was the title of the story and its relevant use in bringing out the real essence of the story as well as the title.
Excellent story weaving by the debutant author, who keeps the reader hooked to the story. While reading the letters you can actually feel the pain of the protagonist, you experience the love and serene surrounding of Jamshedpur. The only flaw I would like to mention is why Sidd felt fleeced by the lawyer in his divorce case. The details are not mentioned even though the author has covered all the aspects of life like before and after Hazel but left this point out. If this detail was mentioned, it would have added little more power to Sidd’s story.
Other than this missing point in the story, the book is worth a read, medium paced, romantic story with little hint of mystery but well developed characters and situations.
Key to my Soul is a story of true love which faces the ups and downs blown by fate and still ends up with a happy note. Kudos to the writer, whose poems added extra oomph to the otherwise beautiful story.
Most recent customer reviews
Characterization was good and readers can connect to the story. One liners in the book are worth noting.
Year of Publishing: 2016
Number of Pages: 297