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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Love Life So Painful by Saransh Kumar

Title: A Love Life So Painful
Author:  Saransh Kumar
Date:  2012
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
 Number of Pages: 252
Price: Rs. 195

SNAPSHOT: It is the story of a celebrity chef Shitiz, who is in one-sided love with a girl Shadia since his school days. His need and quest for love till he finally immerses himself into alcohol and develops cancer. It is his journey narrated into how he ends up into what became of him. A touching story with some good message, some illogical emotions and some unbelievable twists.

The Story: The story begins with introduction of Shitiz, a loved celebrity chef hosting a cookery show, faints. He is diagnosed with cancer and told earlier to quit smoking and alcohol. He being a loner and depressed with his life and lack of love continues to consume them, finally is left with a month in hand. He requests his doctor to meet the only person he wants to see, meet before he dies Shadia. He claims she is "the love" of his life (though he had many affairs after the failure of his one-sided love in school).

The day she meets Shadia she is all sorry for everything that happened to him and his current state (here the sympathy can be understood by the reader) and decides to keep him in her house and look after him. The amazing thing is she falls in love with him immediately as she brings him home (really, is that not pity? how can you just fall in love with someone within seconds???)

However, after this both are eager to know what happened to each other during the years that had gone by. So they each tell the story. Here is where the masala of the story begins wherein there are naxalites, man eaters, ragging, women in Shitizi's life and the love story of the unusual man in Shadia's life. All I can say is its a story with a combination of spices.

Shitiz of course now doesn't want to die at the appearance of Shadia and her love in his life. After all this was the prize after all struggle during all the crisis in his life. So will he die? To know more read the story.

The Verdict:
Positives:  Every masala was added in small proportion and therefore it was the right mix without an overdose of anything. The best part was when the lead character tries to analyse his own situation and sends a message of giving due importance to career/studies and love at appropriate times in life. A mix masala story. 

Negatives: Shadia's sudden love for Shitiz seems out of the blue. The language is casual and the way of writing too. There was a lot of scope for better narration of the same story.

The Readers Cosmos Cut:  Read it for a light read. 

Rating: 2.5 stars.

About the Author: 
Born on October 31, 1990 in Patna, Bihar and currently working in a leading five star hotel in Kolkata as a budding chef, Saransh scripted this story based on the life of a person who is a celebrity chef in his professional life. The author developed a zeal for writing in the eighth grade when the basics of writing were taught in his school. When he was in college, he had read many fiction books that actually inspired him to start something of his own. He used his eye for detail and then finally converted it into a real book. Being a very good student throughout his student life and his awareness of his surroundings helped him pen his book. Apart from writing stories, he is fond of sharing motivational stories, reading books and playing. Love stories have always been his passion and these have motivated him to create a world of his own. He can be contacted at:

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