“Memories whether good or bad can sometimes be as deep rooted as the ripple marks that are created when a high-speed current lashes upon a sandstone with utmost force. Memories can also be like an image in a foggy mirror you keep staring at them until they make you feel the way you want to. A pure persona of everything that you really keep thinking about”- Anubhav Shrivastava and Shreehari H (One last time)
Author: Anubhav Shrivastava and Shreehari H
No of pages: 143
Publisher: Write India Publishers
Nakul is a city lad born and brought up in the luxurious environs of Delhi. A popular guy at school Nakul has had it easy in life. One summer things are about to change as Nakul spends his summer vacations at this grandmother’s house in a small village in Madhya Pradesh. Used to the luxuries at home he finds it discomforting when confronted with the everyday problems or rather situations in the village like constant power cuts, lack of entertainment facilities or the absence of dominos ;).
Nakul befriends Pradeep the son of a paddy farmer here who helps his father in the fields. As time passes a deep bond of friendship kindles between the two boys. As the vacations come to an end Nakul leaves for Delhi reluctantly. There is a marked difference in the demeanour of Nakul at school. It looks like the village has made him a humble soul. Nakul wishes to spend his next summer vacation also in the village but his mother wishes to spend it in some exotic vacation location. Will Nakul be able to go back to the village? Will the bonds of friendship between Pradeep and Nakul weaken with time? Will they ever meet again?
The writing is simple and straight forward. It has more of a conversational style to it. Character development is average to sketchy. Only one facet of most characters is revealed which makes it unable to gauge them as a whole. The plot is simple and good. The author should have avoided using the names of certain brands continuously in the conversations as they sounded very monotonous and far from the everyday conversations. One dialogue with regard to the portrayal of girls I have a major problem with, while I do agree that teenage boys may speak in such a way still I would appreciate if the authors did not use them. What I did love about this book was the way the author portrayed the differences between urban and rural dwellers. The beauty of a village life with its hardships has been portrayed well.
The author had picked up a very good theme in the book with respect to the relationship between abundance and hard work. This was what got me hooked on the book but sadly the portrayal of this was not as strong as it could be. I liked the way the character of Nakul evolved in the story. The author was able to touch on certain themes like lack of education facilities in rural areas, how scanty rainfalls can cause havoc for farmers leading to displacement which is appreciable.
I received a review copy from the publisher for an honest opinion and review.