About the author:
Jahid Akhtar is a software developer by profession. He was born and brought up in Assam and resides in Bangalore with his wife Anjali and their little daughter, Jia. Jahid enjoys writing about some unforgettable moments, in his blog titled Flashbacks.
About the story:
Devastated by floods, Bipin and his little boy Tublu move to a faraway land, where they meet the Sharmas. This marks the beginning of a long and enduring relationship between Bipin and the Sharmas and the growing friendship of their children Tublu and Maina. The book captures the journey of this friendship through childhood to adolescence and into adulthood. From some interesting school and college humour, the story progresses on and develops into a mature narrative. As years pass, Tublu's plain and silent crush on Maina develops into deep love and longing which bears the potential to conquer all of life's challenges. The story has its share of drama, that entertains, humour that makes one reminisce, love, friendship and emotions that define the amazing journey that is, life.
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: LiFi Publications Private Limited (2015)
Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
Let me start by saying please don't read the forward it's a dead giveaway.
Characters: It's a sweet story, with really lovable characters.... characters that anybody can identify with. It's a story of Tublu aka Tanmay Bora (protagonist) and Maina aka Sujata Sharma (who he secretly loves). My favourite is Shilpa, she is fun and absolutely awesome. Though I wish the author dwelled a little more on Tublu's character.
Story: Thanks to the forward nothing came as a surprise. Initial chapters are slow paced and sad. You might even get tempted to leave the book mid-way. But slowly the story starts picking up. Hostel sequences were my favourite part. It's a good story, I wouldn't call it extraordinary. So if you read this book, just read it because you want a good time-pass, don't expect too much.
Language: The language used in the story is nice and simple (thankfully) I didn't feel the need to run for a dictionary every now and then. But in some places it did look a little too simplistic which did mar a smooth read.
My Verdict: All in all it's nice light read, the kind you would like to read in a journey. I give this story