Thursday, October 19, 2017

THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH | VIKRANT KHANNA | BOOK REVIEW

My Impression :
PLOT: 3.5/5
WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
CLIMAX: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
CHARACTERS: 3/5

Before you purchase, see: 
Publisher: Penguin Random House India (April 2017)
Language: English
Paperback: 213 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-143-43994-3
Book Blurb :
Can true love bring someone back from the dead?
 Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. 
But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all?
In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but herself as well ...
                                    When we do bad things, bad things happen to us.
What is inside the book?
As the blurb suggests, this novel presents the story of Harvinder Singh (Harry), Sahiba and Siddhartha (Sidhu). This book teaches us how the world changes if we start to believe the things positively. There is a saying that if we do not  change, nothing will change. Exactly, in the same way, if we really want to go forward in our life coping with all our sorrows, anxieties and depression, we need to think and believe that it's all happening because God wanted so; And after every dark night there is a beautiful sunshine. To understand the theme suggested by the writer, we need to be a believer first. Overall, this text believes in the existence of life even after death and more importantly, if a person is determined passionately to help others, he can make a great change in his surroundings  and in his own life too. Last but not the least, Hope is the thing that lures us towards living our life meaningfully.
                                            A thousand good deeds make a miracle.
Plot-line and the Characters :
Devastated after the mother's death, thirteen years old kid Akshara Malhotra spends most of her time mourning and lurking in the park. To ease her pain, Harvinder aka Harry starts to narrate a triangular love story between he himself, Sahiba Sethi and Siddhartha aka Sidhu.

The starting of the novel is unique and interesting. The story is filled to bound with tragedy and emotions. The author is able to maintain suspense till the end of the novel. However, after 30/35 pages, the story slows its pace and the narrator indulges more in hypothetical descriptions. The narrator of the novel, Harvinder aka Harry is presented as an unrealistic omniscient narrator. This leads the readers doubt on the entire plot he narrated as real. 

The writer has assembled the characters in the novel very carefully. However, except Akshara, no one seems enchanting and realistic to the readers. Shilpi Aunty and Ginny flickers as a light in the novel with no important and strong role. Shahib  Aashima, Asit, Vivek and Zibby, the dog are dead characters who were lost somewhere in the narration. Most of the characters seem over dramatic enveloped with unreal, imaginative situation. Although,  the text presents the fantasy world, it lacks sentiments and emotions. So, most of the characters seems lifeless and meaningless even in the real situations.
                       
                 The world is divided into cynics & believers. What matters is which group you come under.

Writing Style :
I personally like the way writer constructed the sentences to narrate the story. His simplistic writing style can attract any reader's mind. However, I found the latter part of the novel less emotional; the condition of Sahiba after Sidhu's death is very pathetic but the sentences are not able to ripple that pathetic emotion on the readers.

Climax :
The way the writer revealed the climax is unique in form. However, a smart reader can predict it easily. The book overall made a pleasurable read and that mattered me a lot.


                Love is dreaming the impossible, like bringing back a dead man.

Final Verdict :
This book is for those readers who are looking for a light read. Finally, for those who decide to read it, the book will also double up as an inspiring reading. However if you are a passionate crazy reader, you'll find it less impressive.
                                                                     

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

चिसोको मादकता

सत्य
मादक थियो समय
प्रेमिल थिए बसाईहरु
चिसो थियो मौसम
काँप्दै गर्दा ओठहरु....।।


निस्किन नसक्दा दिन
जवानी हराउदा घाम
तातिदै थियौ हामी-
तिम्रो आलिङ्गनमा म
अनि मेरो आलिङ्गनमा तिमी
गतिशिल थिए अङ्ग अङ्ग
सुस्ताउदै गर्दा बैंश
सासमा प्रेमको गर्माहट
छुट्नै नपरोस् भन्ने चाहत
सत्य
मादक थियो समय
प्रेमिल थिए बसाईहरु
चिसो थियो मौसम
काँप्दै गर्दा ओठहरु ।।

लजाएर घोप्टिदा म
घोप्टियो दिनको उज्यालो
तातो सास छातिभित्र
प्रेम यत्र तत्र सर्बत्र
नसालु थियो समय
बैसालु थियो प्रेम
कुत्कुताउथ्यो यौवन
छिल्लिदा आफ्नै मन
कस्तो प्यारो प्रहर
मानौं एक्लो छ सहर
सासमा प्रेमको गर्माहट
छुट्नै नपरोस् भन्ने चाहत
सत्य
मादक थियो समय
प्रेमिल थिए बसाईहरु
चिसो थियो मौसम
काँप्दै गर्दा ओठहरु ।।

बद्लियो हावाको लहर
बद्लिएन तिम्रो मेरो रहर
चिसो सिरेटो झोंकिन्थ्यो
हामी झन् कसिन्थ्यौं
जुन चियो गर्न तम्सिन्थ्यो
बादलमुनि गुमनाम हुन्थौं
उज्यालोको सन्त
अँध्यारोमा डाँकु भन्छन्
त्यसैले पनि
ढाट्यौं सकेजति आफैलाई
छल्यौं भेटेजति सबैलाई
र हरेक दिन खास भयो
प्रत्येक रात बिशेष बन्यो
हराउदा तिमीभित्र म
सेलाउदा मभित्र तिमी
सत्य
मादक थियो समय
प्रेमिल थिए बसाईहरु
चिसो थियो मौसम
काँप्दै गर्दा ओठहरु ।।

Monday, October 9, 2017

अन्तरमुखी म

व्यबहार र कर्म दुबै हेर्दा साथी
निसंदेह म अन्तर्मुखी हुँ
तिमी भन्छौं दु:ख साट्नुपर्छ
म भन्छु खुशी बाँड्नुपर्छ
तिमी भन्छौं हाँसिलो हुनुपर्छ
म भन्छु समय बुझ्ने हुनुपर्छ
तिमी भन्छौं साथ साथ हिड्नुपर्छ
म भन्छु लडेसी आफै उठ्ने हुनुपर्छ

बाझिएसी तिम्रो बिचार र मेरो व्यबहार
मैले रातको बर्को ओढेर सुर्योदय पर्खिबसें
तिम्रो मनको आँगनमा नाच्न नसकेसी
मैले दुखको भजन गाउन सिकें
तिमी पुर्णेको उज्यालो देखेर रमायौ
म जुन जलेको देखेर तड्पिएँ
तिमी हत्केलाको भाग्यसँग सम्झौता गर्यौ
मैले आफ्नै मनलाई नि युद्ध गर्न ललकारेँ
तिमी बल र बुद्दीका साथ उड्न थाल्यौ
म सुद्दी आर्जन गरि थोरबहुत बामे सरेँ
त्यसैले त,
व्यबहार र कर्म दुबै हेर्दा साथी
निसंदेह म अन्तर्मुखी हुँ ।।

म हजार सिढिँ ओर्लदै गएँ
तिमी निलो गगन चुम्न थाल्यौं
म च्यातिएर हजार पटक सिइएँ
नसकेर सयौं पटक पखालिएँ
तिमी बेखबर मेरो हालत देखी
म स्तब्ध तिम्रो स्थिति देखी
र पनि
साटिन मेरो खिया लागेको सफलता
बकिन कहिल्यै कुरुप खुशी यो मनको
त्यसैले त,
व्यबहार र कर्म दुबै हेर्दा साथी
निसंदेह म अन्तर्मुखी हुँ ।

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ब्यापार

लासका पत्र पत्रहरुबाट चोइटाएर एक एक अङ्ग प्रत्यङ्ग
मोलमोलाइ गर्दैछ एक विद्वान्
बस्तुभाऊको सिनो

बेच्दैछ सिनो भित्रको पौष्टिकता
अनि जोड्दैछ एक एक ईटा
आफ्ना सन्तानका निमित्त
जोड्न कुब्ला खाँको सिसमहल ।

अचानोमाथी पटक पटक प्रहार गरेर
पैसाको सनासो
हाँसो बेच्दैछ मान्छेहरुका चिहान घरहरुमा
अनि बुन्दैछ सपना आफ्ना लालाबालाहरुलाई
चोटपटक केहि नलागोस् भनी
आफ्नै जीवन टालटुल पारेर
निमिट्यान्न पार्दो छ
अरुको जीवनरुपि घाम ।


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