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After reading “The Girl on the Train”, an amazing book, in spite of it being a little emotionally taxing; I really wanted to read something that was easy on my mind. I wonder what made me pick up Durjoy Datta’s “World’s Best Boyfriend”. (Yes, I used to be a fan of Mr. Datta until recently).

Should have figured by the name of the book; the book was probably one of the worst books I have ever read in recent times.

The plot revolves around the lives of Aranya and Dhruv (yeah .. it’s Dhruv once again, Durjoy’s favorite protagonist, or antagonist, or whatever, or who ever!). Aranya struggles with weight issues and a skin condition called Vitiligo where your skin has white patches. She has a troubled relationship at home and is ridiculed at every stage in her life for her looks.

Dhruv is the angry young antagonist, whose father is a compulsive alcoholic and a mother who leaves him and her husband for another man. Dhruv is an absolute ‘Drama Queen’ and hates women in general.

Aranya and Dhruv’s story is a story of their hatred for each other and how they plot against one another. They take the most ridiculous decisions and actions in an attempt to destroy one other.

They are destined to fall in love nonetheless. The plot seems straight out of a pathetic Television soap.

I couldn’t connect with the way each of them felt for one another, the hatred, the love and everything in between.

This is the last piece of crap you would want to read. Trust me, do not pick this book even if you were to get a free copy.

My Rating: 0.5/5

 

 

 

the girl on the train

The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins’ first suspense thriller and a pretty good one that reminds you of Alfred Hitchcock. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list and remained in the top position for 13 consecutive weeks, until April 2015.

When I picked up the book, I couldn’t really put it down until I had finished it. It took me a couple of days to actually stop imagining it’s characters as real people.

The story begins with Rachel, an alcoholic, who often blacks out and does not remember anything after her binge sessions. She has  absolutely no control over her addiction which has cost her her marriage, her job,  and to some extent – her sanity. People find her unreliable.

She takes the same train to commute to London and back everyday, in spite of being fired from her job, to hide it from her flat mate Cathy. The only thing she finds solace in during her journeys is watching a couple who she believes are perfect in every sense. She looks forward to watching them each day as the train passes their house. She has already named them as Jess and Jason in her head. Jess is actually Megan, an unhappily married woman who has a haunting past and a troubled marriage. Scott is Megan’s husband, who loves her, but somehow, does not trust her.

On one such journey, Rachel sees Megan kissing another man and gets upset with her for cheating on Scott. Megan goes missing the next night and her husband, Scott, is the prime suspect.

The following morning, Rachel wakes up and finds herself badly hurt, head soaked in blood, her mouth tastes of blood and its insides hurt too. She has no memory of where and how this happened. What she knows of is that something terrible has happened. She struggles with her memory and eventually she decides to take psychiatric help from Dr. Abdic to cure her condition. Dr. Abdic is the same man Rachel had seen Megan kissing the day before she went missing.

The detectives do not take Rachel’s story about another man seriously and the case remains unsolved for a long time. Rachel decides to investigate the case to prove Scott’s innocence.

Does she succeed in finding Megan ? Is Scott really innocent? What had happened to Rachel? Did she have any role to play with Megan’s disappearance ? You will have to read the book to know 🙂

If you love thrillers, this is something that you must read.

Until next time, Stay Calm and Read.

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The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini was first published in 2003. It also featured as number 1 in NewYork bestseller’s list for two years in a row.

Story:

The story revolves around the lives of Amir, a well to do Pathan boy and Hassan, a Hazzara (low caste), the son of Amir’s father’s servant, Ali. The story is divided into 3 parts.

Part 1 takes us through young Amir and Hassan’s unusual friendship as children and Kabul in times of peace.      They spend their days kite fighting. Hassan is a successful kite runner for Amir. Amir’s father, whom they both address as Baba, loves both these boys. He however is critical of Amir, and considers him as someone who lacks courage. Amir longs for appreciation from his father and is often jealous of Hassan.

Their friendship is often mocked by a notorious bully called Assef. One day when Assef plans to brutally attack Amir, Hassan rescues him and threatens to shoot Assef with a slingshot. Assef retreats but plans revenge.

A few days later, Amir wins a local kite flying tournament and is delighted to get his father’s praise; Hassan, truly excited, runs for the last cut kite but fails to return soon .

It is this day that scars the lives of Hassan and Amir forever in different ways. Amir’s lack of courage to save Hassan haunts Amir for the rest of his life.

In an attempt to free himself from the guilt of his cowardliness, Amir plots to get rid of Hassan and succeeds.

The only person Amir confides him about the incident is Baba’s friend Rahim Khan who feels sorry for what happened.

Part 2 takes us five years ahead of this incident. Amir escapes to Pakistan from Kabul with Baba after the Soviet Union army intervenes in Afghanistan. They start life fresh, Amir falls in love with a fellow refugee, Soraya and they both get married and settle into a happy life. They however remain childless even after 15 years of their marriage.

Amir goes on to become a successful novelist. One day, he receives a call from his uncle Rahim Khan who asks Amir to come to Afghanistan and says that there is still a way to be good again. Amir leaves to meet him.

Part 3 takes us through Amir’s journey in a Taliban inflicted Afghanistan, where he learns from Rahim Khan that Hassan has been killed by Taliban in an attempt by them to confiscate Baba’s house in Kabul.

Hassan’s son is left at an orphanage where he is sexually abused and raped by Taliban men who confiscate children from the orphanage. What follows next is Amir’s attempts to rescue Sohrab.

Does Amir rescue Sohrab at all? Is he able to overcome his guilt and make amends?

The story shocks and thrills, it crushes your heart – a brilliant page turner indeed. Hosseini weaves magic and transports the readers seamlessly though the different time periods. A must read!!

 

 

 

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I am a Durjoy Datta fan .. and  couldn’t stop myself from picking this book when I saw that he had co-authored this book with Nikita Singh. Was I disappointed? Not really 🙂 It’s a regular college life story book; an easy 6 – 8 hrs read. What I really liked about this book was Karthik – the lead character in this story. The plot is simple and easy to imagine. The second half of this book is far better than the first half. It has all the elements of a cool masala college flick. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would like to give it 3.5 stars.

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“Till the last breath” by Durjoy Datta..

I picked up this book because it was by Durjoy.. it did not disappoint.

This book, for a change did not talk about Deb and Avantika (the 2 characters that have stayed constant in some of his books) – the book revolves around Dushyant Roy and Pihu Malhotra – both of whom are dying and share a room in a hospital. Dushyant, a drug addict who has done everything to kill himself is dying a slow death due to multiple organ failure. Pihu, on the other hand, is a young medical student, full of life and exuberance who is diagnosed with a life threatening disease and wants to do everything that can keep her alive. Its a story of hate, love and an intriguing friendship.

The characterization is brilliant, the pace of events is just perfect.

It has all the elements of soul stirring story, it makes you smile, it breaks your heart.

It gives you hope, and more than all, it somehow makes you realize how fragile life can be.

This, according to me is by far one of Durjoy’s best books. I would to rate this book 4 / 5.