LIFE AND PROMISES Paperback – 2012
Story Of An IITian Turned CA Aspirant THIS NOVEL TRAVELS ACROSS THE REALMS OF HIS LIFE AND UNFOLDS HIS JOURNEY OF BEING A CA ASPIRANT FROM AN IITIAN, AND ALSO REFLECTS ON THE SNAGS IT BRINGS TO HIS RELATIONSHIPS. Rachit, a young, ambitious boy, hailing from a small town of Western UP, has big dreams. Destiny takes a turn when he attempts to commit suicide and lands up on a hospital bed. There he bumps into Khushi, a chubby girl with a carefree attitude. She insists Rachit to uncover the pages of his life and tell her that what compelled him to take such a drastic step. Rachit starts to narrate his story, seeing no other option. He tells her that he dreamt to be an IITian and even achieved it. Things went well for some days, till that fateful day when Rachit was diagnosed with severe health issues. After a while, already heartbroken, Rachit takes a tough decision. He drops his IIT dream and follows the CA path. In this very process, he overlooks Radhika, a gorgeous Bengali girl, his batch mate as well as his girlfriend. What will happen to the love story of Rachit and Radhika? Will Rachit become a successful professional, and if yes then at what cost? Does Khushi has a story of her own?
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The cover of the book is palatable. The title is ambiguous. The climax is what makes the story worth reading. The last monologue of the protagonist could have been made shorter (just a suggestion). The print quality is nice (Kudos Gargi Publishers). A plus point in the book is the ‘sneak-a-peek’ into the characters and the accompanying sketches.
Overall, a great feat!
Ever wondered if you are running too fast to chase you dreams; that you fail to
cherish every special emotion of life?
You live just once and if you can live it right one would never have to struggle to survive.
Just while I was in a middle of a chase, I happened to sit by my coffee table and pick this beautiful novel LIFE AND PROMISES by Pulkit Gupta and Ila Garg. The cover of the book gives a simple yet etching impression… So you can guess that my expectation with the book was set right high! No its not really a main stream love story… it has an unexpected yet beautifully lasting end.
The story is about Rachit who is a dream chaser, yet a quitter. The story begins with Rachit narrating his tale to Khushi at Appolo Hospital Delhi..Khushi happens to be a bubbly, happy go lucky 19 year old girl who has occupied the bed right next to Rachit’s in the ward..
It dwells majorly into an interplay of flashback and the present. Rachit finds love in Radhika his batchmate at IIT-Madras. She is characterized as a very charismatic and a beautiful girl who loves Rachit beyond limits. Soon while the romance is budding; Rachit gulps a harsh fact of his serious ailment and his dream to become an engineer shatters right there. With all his might he stands again not wanting to give up and aboards a new profession in Delhi; to become a CA… Rachit and Radhika try to juggle their lives and balance a long distance relationship.. but Rachit falls short of commitment and unintentionally withdraws himself away from Radhika… he loses her to fate..
The book runs through different colours of emotions.. The book has elements of love, compassion, energy, hopes, desire and helplessness. The Author has very artistically maintained the absolute mood and tone with his choice of words to crisply depict every emotion. There are wide and well spread use of poetic verses in the book which are every aptly placed to set the essence right.
This book takes one to a journey within oneself.. you realize that the reason to be happy is within yourself.. it will for once force the reader to introspect if he is doing justice to his life .. is he fulfilling his promises to life…The narration in the book is so befriending that readers can easily connect to the situations. The delivery of idea and perspective is very strong. The Authors have ensured that there never is an off beat pause.
The book has a very surprising ending.. I bet none can guess until the end. All in all the book is a wonderful story that helps the reader to reflect back in life. The Authors effortlessly carry the readers to a beautiful journey within self. Very much up to my expectation!
A positive read for young readers and a personal recommendation for those who have lost the run to chase their dream!
I don't understand how people has appreciated so much in the book. Funny!!
The author duo has done a commendable job by maintaining a singular tone while narrating the story to the readers. While turning the pages you will experience as if it is a first person account shared with you live by your own friend and not through the wordily pearls woven in threads metamorphed to pages. The lyrical support provided acts as the backbone of the story and serves as the embellishments. It provides additional beauty, charm and effect to the emotions that the characters feel and make the readers feel it as they turn every single page. As said, a romance is always incomplete without melody and a lover is not a true lover if he does not transforms into a poet.
A recommended read to youngsters having a heart, a life and a promise to be held. Read it to understand and decipher what your life promises to you. Life is calling…are you listening?