“Not everyone in this world has the fate to cherish the fullest form of love. Some are born just to experience the abbreviation of it.”
‘I Too Had a Love Story’ is an autobiographical tale of love written by Ravinder Singh, a software engineer turned author, who rose to fame with this book becoming a national bestseller.
Ravin and Khushi’s love story is the central theme of this book, and it stands out brightly. The honesty with which Ravin recounts the story is refreshing, and his feelings and emotions reflect clearly in the narration.
Considering this is a real life story, I feel sympathetic towards the author. I appreciate the intent and emotions behind Ravin’s story, and the amount of personal courage that it must have taken to put his innermost feelings on display for public consumption.
Having said that, I find it difficult to overlook the amateurish writing. I do understand that the author wanted to narrate the story ‘as is’, but I believe tighter editing would have made this a far more satisfying read.
Also, there is one particular incident in this book, which is just plain weird. It makes me doubt the ‘great love’ this book is based on. There was a crisis (for the lack of a better word to keep this review spoiler free) on Khushi’s end and Ravin was flying out to see her. During the airplane ride, when the love of his life is supposedly in severe danger, he checks out the air-hostess. Yes, you read that correctly. He checks out the air-hostess. Need I say more?
To sum it up, if you are looking for a literary piece with a meticulously crafted plot and expert narration, this book is not for you. If all you want is a light read that takes you through the bittersweet experiences of first love, go for it.
My Rating: 2.5/5
My Favorite Quotes/Lines from the Book:
These lines before the book started..
Days pass by somehow
But nights now are a wagon of pain
Injuries may heal with time
But marks will always remain
Restless on my comfortable bed
I toss and turn and try to sleep
But thoughts are bulking my head
And have formed a huge heap
The past is flashing its scorching light-beams
Tearing me apart, breaking me at the seams
The darkness of my life,
is more visible in the dark
And now I am trying to give it a voice,
trying to speak my heart. Links: I Too Had a Love Story (Amazon) I Too Had a Love Story (Flipkart)
This book has been an odd pick for me. I normally love my ‘happily-ever-afters’, and a real-life tragedy is even more heartbreaking. However, apart from this book being a national best seller, what caught my attention was the foreword on the cover page written by Mr. Narayan Murthy. A love story reviewed by Mr. Murthy made me curious enough to give this a go. Does this happen to you guys too? How much weightage does a famous person’s review hold while deciding about reading/passing a book?
Lots of Love Shantala
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