UNNS-The Captivation Paperback – 2017
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"Of course you know about the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?" Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim. Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission... Are they in control of their own destiny, or its their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love. A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.
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The cover is designed by Ajitabha Bose. Two lovers are walking towards sea in rain holding an umbrella. This is very beautiful and reminded me of “Pyar hua Iqrar hua” of Raj Kapoor and Nargis.
"Of course you know about the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?"
Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim.
Love birds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission...
Are they in control of their own destiny, or it’s their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love.
A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.
The book is a love story of a Hindu boy and Muslim girl, Atharva and Mehar. They meet in school and feel attraction. Somehow they grow apart in the end of school days. Growing up Atharva joins Research and analysis wing (RAW). Mehar has a tragedy and settles in Germany. Atharva is sent on a secret mission there and their path cross again. Will they meet or again grow apart?
The story progresses at a leisurely pace. The chemistry between Atharva and Mehar is good. This is a love story at heart which has a thriller element of espionage.
I came to know a new thing form the book and that is 7 stages of love in Urdu. These are:
1. Hub means the stage of attraction.
2. Unns means the stage of infatuation.
3. Ishq is when people actually fall in love.
4. Aqeedat is stage of reverence.
5. Ibadat is worshipping of lover.
6. Junoon is the sixth stage of obsession for your lover.
7. The final stage is Maut which means death. There is nothing more auspicious for someone who loves a soul to die for him or her.
Sapan has shown all these 7 stages in three different stages of their meetings. The stages are represented by season. First is Basant which means spring. Second one is Herbst for which I have to look up dictionary. The middle German name Herbst means harvest and modern meaning is fall. Third stage is winter. These seasons represent the progress of their relation and these are further sub divided into Hub, Unns, Ishq, Aqeedat, Ibadat, Junoon and Maut. This is a very interesting way of naming chapters and at first I got confused. But by end everything became clear.
The story is interesting. English is very good and there are no grammatical mistakes (big plus for a new writer). You feel for the characters and that is important. The language is crisp and clear. I am impressed by paper and print quality. Typesetting is very good and pleasing to see. This is pleasing to read and easy on easy.
The story is bit predictable. The German portion looks inspired by Salman Khan- Katrina Kaif starrer “Ek Tha Tiger” (though I am not sure). Miyaaz Sheikh character looks a straight rip off of a character played by Roshan Seth in the movie. The book is too simplified at places and the writer tries to spoon feed the reader at places. This slows the pace down and makes it too descriptive and long at place. Some tight editing would have done a lot of good.
Recommendation and rating:
I would recommend it all my friends who like to read good romantic fiction. Though the story is a simple romance but the presentation (stages of love and seasons of life) is quiet new and unique. I give the book a 3.5/ 5 stars.
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About the author:
Brought up in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, Sapan did B. Tech in Information & Technology from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.
He started taking interest in writing on various spiritual and mythological subjects during his college days and his work found place in leading newspapers on many occasions. His profession is engineering but writing is his passion. He connects and finds links of modernization with mythology having keen interest in the same.
Sapan married in the year 2011 and is now the proud father of a toddler. A responsible father, a loving husband, a supportive brother and a caring son, Sapan generates time to write.
Have you ever heard about the seven stages of love in urdu?
Unns means the stage of infatuation when people think they are in love but they aren’t; it’s merely attraction and captivation.
The book revolves around the life of its protagonist Atharva and his love Meher. Both of them are childhood love buds. While Atharva fell for the voice and hazelnut eyes of Meher, his intelligence and innocence impress her. Everything went smooth until one day when Meher decides to part her ways with Atharva. She realizes the value of her ambition and that this teenage love might be an obstacle in her journey, she drifts apart from Atharva who loves her sincerely.
After 15 odd years, they happen to meet at Germany where Atharva, a RAW officer, comes to accomplish his secret mission. The serendipity leads him to fall for Meher. In the course of time, she manages to win over his confidence and intrude upon the sensitive information that is crucial for India pertaining to his mission. When his eyes open, he encounters the bitter truth about Meher’s deception. He was shattered and heartbroken.
The story takes a leap of 12 years when once again Atharva and Meher confront each other at Belmonte. The destiny makes them dance to its tunes. This time Atharva, who was honey trapped, leaves no chance to shower his arrogance on Meher. He thrashes her with his curt behavior while she pleads him to forgive and trust her. By the end of the story, the subsequent occurrence of events takes the reader by surprise. One would be awestruck at the manner in which Atharva and Meher transcend the seven stages of love.
The concept of seven stages of love portrayed in the novel is amazing. The plot is interesting and intriguing. It is a romance fiction interspersed with the mystery factor. The illustration of the central characters is good and the author gives ample importance to side characters as well. The language is easy. One would drown in the ocean of the selfless love with the passage of this novel. The narrative is interesting though it misses the vital aspect of the coherence. There are grammatical glitches which make it irksome to read the book. The plot actually reminded me of the bolly flick Ek Tha Tiger but stands apart from it entirely. The cover of the book is captivating and the title is appropriate. The efforts should be made to remove the loopholes in the future editions.
Read this quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm. Concisely, for all the lovers of romance fiction, it is a good read.
UNNS-THE CAPTIVATION is story of Atharva and Meher who met during their school days fell in love with each other. But then Meher's mother forces her to break all ties with Atharva and she did it. Reading this part reminded me of my school days when I had seen many couples like Atharva and Meher. The story moves on a normal pace and both of them meet again in Germany. Atharva in all those years have waited for Meher. His love for Meher never died. From this point the story takes a lot of twists and turns making the readers completely shocked and surprised.
The book tells us about 7 stages of love. The chapters name were totally brilliant and at its' best.The narrative technique of the author and the way he expressed each emotion made me speechless. The last few chapters brought tears to my eyes. I would recommend this book to everyone because this isn't only a book of romance but is actually a mystery romantic thriller.
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