- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors; First edition (10 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 938702251X
- ISBN-13: 978-9387022515
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,84,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Socha Bhi Na Tha Paperback – 10 Jan 2019
About the Author
Sriman works for a leading credit cards issuing company in a senior leadership position. He has primarily worked in the financial services industry throughout his long career at HSBC, GE Capital and Standard Chartered Bank.
He relishes writing with a spiritual tinge and believes that the joy in life is in being purposeful. He loves playing tennis, reading and listening to philosophy, and enjoys spending time with his seven-year-old son in making short/funny videos of him.
He lives in the US with his wife Shilpa and his son, Siddharth.
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This book was more than "love, breakup & marriage" .When i started reading i was a bit confused about what was actually going on but soon realized that two time periods are shown in alternative chapters. One in the year 2003 where Shyam is already married with Padma and not at all happy with his married life & another one from the year 1997 where he has freshly joined for work and everything related to it. And also about his bond with his friends Annie and Aditi.
It was informative in every aspect. All the happenings in the office are very well described and this gives us an insight on the job profile. As it is from the year 1997 and IT industry in India is just starting to flourish we get to see more of email conversations between the characters which includes hotmail, rediffmail & yahoo.
With the title "Socha bhi Na Tha " the Author in my view tries to bring in the fact that many of the things that happen in our life is "Unfathomable". A lot of events in our life, a lot of decisions we take or the situations we are in just happens in a way we never thought it would be. At times we listen to our mind when we should have listened to our heart and vice-versa and that complicates things further. And we should not blame destiny for everything that happens in our life.It is actually in our free-will , how we work had , how we put all our effort in achieving something .
Finally the author talks about the monster " Depression". 99% of people in my opinion still doesn't know what depression actually is. I feel depression can be completely understood by a person who have actually battled it or seen their loved one doing so or in the worst case , seen someone die battling it. And severe depression cannot be cured just by counseling it needs a proper medication or else it can be fatal.
So this book had a lot of things in one. Language is understandable. I was just irked my the character Shyam because of his obsession for "good looks with good heart" thing and all the confusions he have created in everyone's life. I liked the book.Recommended.!!
The good part is that the author has portrayed some unique characters. But the narration could have been a little bit better. At some point the story seems slow.
The language is good.
The cover is attractive.
There are two stories parallel running in the book. One is at 2000 and other its at 2003. At starting it feels like both the stories are approaching at one point. Aditi is friend of shyam from the office time and they share good bonding with each other. Shyam feels attraction towards her and falls in love with her.
While in at 2003 story shyam is married to padma and starting a new life. But, life is like "socha bhi na tha" after some months they don't find comfort and make decisions to divorce. Padma and shyam family is shocked but they also act with maturity.
At the technology is less available they do conversation over emails. Now the twist is shyam proposed to aditi. Now things what will happen ahead.
Will Aditi accept proposal?
Will Padma get divorced?
Will they live happily ?
"Socha Bhi Na Tha" A very simple and short book with whatsoever no twist.
Aditi Narang is an obvious beauty. With her charming personality and magical aura, she steals hearts worries much ado. When she professes her love to Shyam, he says 'No'.
Padma Lakshmi is an average girl, who goes about her life like a routine. There is nothing distinctly remarkable about her, which repels Shyam. But when proposed to marry her, he says 'Yes'.
Shyam appears quite sorted, well-settled and practical in the way he goes about life, and is eligible bachelor that any girl would be lucky to marry.
In a fierce battle between his mind and heart, tossing insecurities and juggling fears, Shyam wrongs both women. But why would he do that?
Socha Bhi Na Tha is a fast-paced, gripping story of love in various guess, extraordinary circumstances, thrilling emotions, and unheard of drama. It leaves us wondering, was it his sanity that prevailed, or his insanity that triumphed?
The story is simple and easy to read. The Author narrated how forced arrange marriage can go so wrong very quickly. Shyam finds love at the wrong time, when he was trapped in the insecurities, and lost his love. His mind was muddled with his insecurities, that he gives into the pressure of his parents.
The story and the characters are true-to-life. Overall the story is simple and well-written
Plot of the story is very simple and generally a narrative basis. I did not find any twist in the book.
Characters like Shyam, Padma and Aditi are your everyday characters. It was good so you can relate to each character.
As book was from Shyam's perspective you can see his character development from teenage to being adult. From just agreeing to whatever parents said to standing up for your ownself.
Though I understand it is a very narrow minded thinking to judge a person based on their looks but one thing is rightly said is you don't choose whom you get attracted or not. So at times I understand the dilemma of Shyam.
At times I think there were unnecessary information about Shyam job profile which had no importance to the story.
If you are looking for something light to read you can opt for this book.