Let go of Me... Paperback – 11 Nov 2015
About the Author
Ekta, born and brought up in Delhi had the quintessential upbringing of a Delhite. After completing her schooling from Springdales and graduation from St. Stephens, Ekta went on to pursue her MBA at Birla Institute of Management Technology. A brief sojourn into the Corporate World, including an overseas stint, she realized that this was not her calling. She turned an entrepreneur and worked in the area of design and execution of residential Real Estate development projects. This book is an extension of her creative instincts where she has given shape to free flowing thoughts and ideas in a powerful, surrealistic style of writing. Ekta lives in Noida with her husband, Deepak and son, Manas.
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Let go of Me is a book written by Ekta Saigal Pandit which revolves around two main characters Asmi & Sagar who have lived their lives on two different extremes before they meet each other. The story is about two lives engulfed in different situations looking for true love and they find it in each other but that doesn't last for long. Unlike every other love story which has a happy ending, this story doesn't have one. One becomes matured even after losing the sense of true love while the other keeps longing for it and tries to prove the righteousness.
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PLOT OF THE NOVEL
As the cover may indicate that it's a story of a girl in her teenage or 20s, but it isn't. In fact, the lead protagonist, the heroine of the novel, is a 38 years old woman, who has been married for 14 years and mother of two children. On the other hand, the hero is also a married man of 32 and father of one child.
The book is about the factors that lead these two protagonists to come together and share their deepest feelings. It isn't the physical or sexual urge but a sense of true love. There's nothing much on physical level of plot, i.e., the storyline. The only twist is that the hero is a male prostitute apart from working as a receptionist at hotel. The heroine is HR head of the same hotel.
Most of the story goes inside the mind of the protagonists ' how they think ' why they think what they think. The plot mainly runs on psychological as well as spiritual level. The book is about reaching the supreme state of awareness through love. The book tells how to let your love expand and not let it become transactional.
CHARACTERS OF THE NOVEL
Asmi '> Asmi is a typical wife of modern society. She has to take care of her office as well as her household activities together. Also, she has to give explanation to everyone, especially at home front, for her actions or lack of them. She's answerable to everyone at home, her husband, children & in-laws. Pleasing everyone at home, at work and all around her, she's left with no equipment or energy to please her own self or to live a life which would add some life to her life. It gnaws on her that her closed environment doesn't allow her freedom of life and expression that her persona demands. She wants to experience a life without restriction but couldn't really share her feelings with anyone because no one is interested in listening her. The irony is everyone wants to be understood by others but isn't ready to understand others. Asmi wasn't looking for judgement or analysis but for being understood without words, for someone who could pull her out of herself.
Sagar '> Sagar is a man who sacrifices his entire life for the welfare of his family. For him, the happiness of the family comes before his personal happiness. He's conditioned to meet the end result irrespective of the means. He's a man who appears powerful on outside but could be moulded to any extent to suit the requirements of his family. Though he's married and has a child, he doesn't have any idea what falling in love means or what being loved by someone feels like unless he meets Asmi.
Anita Fernandes '> Anita Fernandes is a 42 years old widow and sole owner of multi-million dollar business empire. She believes that money can buy everything and has the power to justify anything, any action or emotion. She has a sharp acumen, both of business and people. Besides being politically connected, shrewd and cunning, she keeps a vulture like gaze on all her possessions, which include the people she has dug her sight into. She becomes jealous and annoyed by the idea that her precious possessions are being shared. For her, it's unjustified that someone else is getting for free what she has bought by spending lots of money. She takes every possible step to make the person pay for it.
STYLE OF NARRATION
The book isn't a commercial movie but an art film. It deals a serious subject in a serious manner. Obviously, it's a slow read because it has many things that'll compel you to ponder. It isn't tequila shot but an old wine which needs to be sipped & savoured, and not to be finished in one gulp.
For me, the writing style is a fusion of fiction & non-fiction. The book isn't about the story but the message. Each chapter starts with a haiku, which sets the mood of the chapter. The haiku give the hint of the emotions which are going to be dealt in the chapters. Each chapter deals a particular state of mind.
CORE CONCEPTS OF THE BOOK
> There are no such things as right & wrong, ideal or absolute. Everything is relative. Truth is subjective not objective.
> Everyone is given equal opportunities to make choices. Whatever we face in our lives is the consequences of the choices made by us. Each day is a fresh beginning to make a choice as to how we want to live it.
> The purpose of twin-lames or soul-mates is to reduce the karmic load that they are carrying, by sharing the lessons learnt by them individually while they are away from each other, and move forward to the source.
In fact, the author propounded a theory in this regard by assimilating the Hindu concepts of Karma, Kundalini, Maya, Kosha, Aura and Layers of body along with Abrahimic concept of Satan, Freud's views on Repression and the concept of Twin-flames in the context of love.
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