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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Helpline by Uday Mane

Title: The Helpline                     
Author: Uday Mane
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing (Frog Books)
Date: 2014
Price: Rs. 145
Pages: 250

Snapshot:  This is a fiction story of a 21 year old Samir who is depressed with his life because of a tragedy he cannot get over and has suicidal tendencies. It revolves around the state of mind of such an individual, his change of personality, the role of people and hobbies in helping them and one's journey into living it, -fighting it.

The Review:  Nobody wants to die, and suicide is never a first shot attempt. One never commits it the moment one thinks about it. I know this from personal experience. However, I don't deny that there can be a phase in ones life where the situation gets so much out of control that one believes that life isn't worth living. Suicidal tendency therefore isn't a crime and in my opinion nor is taking ones life, one has all the right to stop breathing and existing when one wants.

What mostly stops one could be three things and mostly is a little of all of this, as is with Samir. The fact that you might not die but be save d and in a much worse physical state, like paralysed. Or the state of loved ones, people who truly cared for you once you died, after you are gone, these thoughts do keep one alive. The last one being, a faint hope that you will overcome this situation, the will to fight that last one battle, for our species is designed to survive.

The beauty lies in the author's writing and planning more than the story. The way he describes Samir's state of mind truly makes one feel his pain, the unravelling of his story slowly and keeping the reader guessing and turning pages to reach its core, a little spice of short stories to develop Samir characters as a writer, the purity of emotions are the pillar the book stands on.

On the other hand the plot does become a little loose at one point, and one tends to loose the grip of the characters. There are also parts where the editing could have been tighter. Towards the end the writing looses its initial charm.

As a story it has many messages, it portrays the importance of friendship, relationships and life in the context of these. The message that there is someone looking out for you strikes the chord with the reader.

Positives:  A normal story made impact with a beautiful writing style, one which a seasoned reader would appreciate over a good story. The story emphatically brings our each relationship and the message it aims to deliver.

Negatives: Spelling errors, poor editing at some places and the story could have been an excellent one with a little improvement. 

The Verdict:  The debut author Uday Mane deserves a read for choosing to write on an unconventional topic and doing complete justice to the subject matter. His story telling style would only improve as he grows, he is one author to watch out for.

About Uday Mane
Uday Mane is an Indian writer and social media enthusiast. An avid reader, he loves to collect classic books and enjoys tweeting about various aspects of life.

"Proceedings of Rs. 5 per book will be used for child welfare through The Rotary Foundation"

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