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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

One Last Time by Anubhav Shrivastava and Shreehari H

Title:  One Last Time
Author: Anubhav Shrivastava and Shreehari H
Publisher: Write India Publishers

Genre: Fiction

Date:  2017

Price: INR 138

Pages: 176

We love stories and each one for a  albeit for different reason. Some for the plot, some for their writing, where you can savor every written word but some only for their simplicity. The later that we seek more in a world that grows more materialistic each day.

Once upon a time, very much like our recent times lived a young boy named Nakul, just into his teens. Nakul is a character like every urban other Urban Delhi kid in a well to do family. His parents both chartered accountants give their best to their son. He has been brought up like anyone in such a family where he has not known adversity, his needs are more than taken care of, he gets all he wants and has all the love from his parents. Also like most Indians he has an ancestral home where his paternal grandmother lives.

As she observes him grow up she decides it's time for him to experience another facet of a more real life, away from the world in city or the virtual facebook life. So instead of a vacation at an exotic foreign destination, he visits his grandmothers house in a small village which is not very developed and it's people face all the problems right from irrigation water for their fields to electricity. Grumbling at first Nakul slowly begins to appreciate where he is, begins making friendships that are stronger and changes in a way he never anticipated. His life has now learning, relationships, purpose unlike ever before. This is the story that you believe every Urban youth should live. The writers unfold it in a very simple manner, infused with well chosen words, a little jingle and some poetry making it one of the most touching stories.

I have had a similar experience in my life when my grandparents invited me to live with them and as I read the book I could relate so well with everything Nakul underwent. The ability of the story to make that happen is rare and this book does it effortless. A further description would give out the essence of the story which is best experienced upon reading the book. So if you ever want to connect with your most innocent self that you were in school, the age where you first started forming opinions and making your own notions, read this book. It will make you connect with you. Also there is a good deal of scenic beauty and good travel writing involved as the writers describe the places beautifully, which is an icing on the dessert.

A refreshing read that makes your day.

Rating: 3.5/5

About the Authors: 

Anubhav Shrivastava graduated with a B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics from Manipal Institute of Institute of Technology in the year 2015. He is extremely passionate about cricket and movies.He has previously worked as a Consultant in Fractal Analytics and currently works in OLA. 

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