- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9353332508
- ISBN-13: 978-9353332501
- Package Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.5 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Lucknow Diaries: Of Love and Longing Paperback – 20 Nov 2018
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About the Author
Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma is an Indian Administrative Service Officer and has written articles, mainly travel pieces, for The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Discover India, Swagat, Rail Bandhu and other periodicals. He also published a travelogue titled A Passage Across Europe in 2011 and Love Side by Side, his fiction novel, in 2015. Apart from his work and writing, Partha loves to spend time with his family. He is an avid traveller, having travelled to over twenty countries. He is a voracious reader and fluent in English, Hindi and Bengali and is a sport enthusiast. He has earlier authored Every Mile a Memory.
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A simple writing style appealing to every reader and leaving a nice feel good impression.
A delightful conglomeration of friendship,love, sibling bond,loyalty,duty,competition and power dynamics.The story traces the lives of three friends from their boyhood till their established adulthood against the backdrop of ancient city Lucknow.With the progress in time and age,the path of three friends diverges leading Dinesh into the hotbed of politics,Rahul in the legal corridors and Feroz trying to find his footing as a wireman. We get a glimpse, how their background, circumstances,work,interpersonal equation and hard hitting truths shaped their lives.
Narrated in a lucid style coupled with strong plot and realistic mature characters,the writing is bound to strike a chord with the readers.Loved the way, the story effortlessly glided from a timeline to another.The author deftly projected the socio-political scenario of a state,internal working of the system,the corridor politics,commercialization and deep-rooted corruption.
While reading the book I often found myself immersed in the charms of lovely ganjs and estates, admiring the sunset standing on the banks of Gomti river and thinking of the delectable items at Moti Mahal and Vintage Machine.The fine writing brought alive the alluring places.
Though it was a engaging story but the climax failed to do full justice to it.I hoped for a better ending.
I would recommend the book to every reader who loves story with a touch of reality.
Conceding to their circumstances, Rahul, Dinesh and Feroz begin treading on paths that looked quite unfamiliar sometime before. While Dinesh follows his father’s footsteps and plunges into diplomacy (politics), Rahul and Feroz, too, enter in a world that has crests and troughs- just enough to turn life topsy-turvy. They become an IAS officer and journalist, respectively.
“Lucknow Diaries” is a page-turner with an engaging plot and some well-crafted characters. However, more attention to the sidekicks would have added the spice to the content. The blurb is so apt and catchy that it forces the reader to browse through the pages and get to know what is happening.
Written By- Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma
Published by- Rupa Publications
The flame of love ignites among the lanes of Lucknow and leaves the burning desires behind.
Lucknow Diaries explores love, friendship, longing and relationships as they stand the test of time.
The story revolves around the lives of Dinesh, Feroze and Rahul and how their journey are intertwined with each other and the city of Lucknow itself.
Feroze, comes from a background where he has to shoulder the responsibility of his family reluctantly even when he wanted to continue with his education. In his struggle he finds his ally in Ms Basu, his young divorcee teacher who inspires him to continue with his dreams and becomes his close friend and perhaps more.
Dinesh, the son of the cabinet Minister is forced to join politics after his father's accident. He finds solace in his college friend Geeta. But as he gets pulled towards the complexities of politics his relationship with Geeta as well as his friends suffer.
Rahul becomes an engineer and ultimately passes the UPSC exams during which he meets the fiery Rita to whom he gets attracted.
This tale of friendship and love is a perfect read where the author knits every story brilliantly.
The characters were beautifully portrayed and each an every emotion and feelings were heightened.
I loved Feroze's story and couldn't help shedding a few tears for him at the end.
A really poignant story by the author, this book is a must read for all.
The story of Rahul, Dinesh, and Feroze- three childhood besties who once spent each day together, a life full of mischief and laughter. But fate intervenes and sends them off to different paths. Dinesh is forced to enter the vicious world of politics, Feroze struggles with his dual life as a journalist and as a student and Rahul aspired to become an IAS officer.
While they are busy making a future for themselves, they also meet the love of their lives. Each love story is a twist on its own. But their paths are set to converge once again, and how.
The story starts beautifully. With the breathtaking description of Lucknow, its ‘ganjs’ and landscape, the author wins our heart. This is followed by a distinct and interesting character sketch of everyone involved. The story reaches a high at about 3/4th of the book and then falls flat. While the description on life in Lucknow is exemplary, the author fails to create a thrilling, and substantial climax.
Most of the plot is gripping and I loved how the characters were kept simple and very real. The life of a journalist, an IAS officer, and a naive politician has been portrayed with grace and maturity. The author has also incorporated a lot of laws like ‘enemy property act’ etc. to give a distinct shape to the lives of the characters. Except the ending, this story of Lucknow and everything it stands for is a hit for me.