Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Truly Madly Deeply by Faraaz Kazi

Teenage love stories have become a rage off late in the writing industry. Many authors try to capture the innocent essence of love in the adolescence years of a human being. Some succeed and some don't. Author Faraaz Kazi presents readers with a teenage love story which has been published with the intent to capture young hearts and get stuck in the minds of the readers forever. So has the author succeeded in his attempt or this teenage love story is going to go down among one of the many stories out there. Let's find out. 

There are some who love and conquer...There are some who love and forget...... and then there is RAHUL KAPOOR!
A pompous Rahul is head over heels in love with Seema, his beautiful female equivalent from the same school. After a whirlwind of innocent encounters, their teenage romance blossoms yet both of them never confess their love to each other. A series of misunderstandings and ego clashes cause them to drift apart. Rahul loses his sanity and ultimately his love. By the time he realises the magnitude of his loss, it appears to be too late. Will Rahul get back his Seema? Or will Seema never realise the depth of Rahuls feelings?
This teenage love story seeks answers to all these and more as it alternates between the past and the present and makes you wonder; do all love stories have a happy ending? Or do all love stories end, ever? TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY promises to be an emotional saga that will captivate the readers heart and fascinate his mind and leave him pondering - Does Love Truly Conquer All Odds? 

People have termed it as the best love story of the year. It has captured many hearts. The excitement surrounding the book is unbelievable. The title and the cover page gives a fair idea of a lonely person sitting on a bench and is truly madly deeply in love with somebody. The tagline suggests that it's a memoir of the first love. The blurb talks about two people Rahul & Seema who fall in love with each other yet never exchange a single word about it. Will their love stand the test of time is there to be found out in the story. The blurb indeed gives an impression of a teenage love story. 

The story revolves around Rahul who once upon a time was a champ in his school, stylish, arrogant who fell in love with Seema a quiet and a shy girl both of them at par in studies with each other. Love blossoms silently between the two as time makes Rahul over possessive about her and some rash decisions lead to a turmoil in their love life and break them apart completely. It's a story of innocent and pure love, silent reciprocation of love and some gut wrenching moments which will separate them forever.  

For a debut book the author has chosen a good theme though its bit of a gamble. The emotions are overflowing all throughout the plot and the phrases, quotes and poems complement the plot in the most beautiful manner. The characters of Seema & Rahul have been sketched out to perfection in order justify a connection between them. The villain in Jay is also one of the major aspects of the story. Not to forget the ever calm and helpful Sahil and a nice little cameo of a girl called Grazil. Rahul being too outspoken and Seema the quieter one, Rahul being expressive and Seema  a silent spectator. There's no dearth of love in the story. It's true in this love story that "Opposites Do Attract" sometimes.  A surprise awaits for the readers in the latter half which will explain the entire love story and Rahul & Seema's dilemma.  The teachers playing cupid in the love story is one of the highlights of the book. 

The bits which put off very much are long overstretched school events which make the love story feel neglected at times. The cricket part and the debates have been made too dramatic which are a misfit in terms of the flow of the story. The chapters could have been made into smaller parts. It sometimes takes away the entire charm away from the story because of the lengths of the chapters. The entire book should have been 50-60 pages shorter than what it is right now. A small little mistake which I'll like to highlight is it's Salwar Suit not Shalwar Suit. 

The book will capture the hearts and soul of readers with it's wonderful emotional connect through Rahul and his plights. The juggle and struggle between the past and present will keep the readers hooked till the end. A lot is left to be desired in the first half of the story and the emotions captured in the second half make it up for the average first half. A trimmed out version of school events would have made it a perfect love story. It's a good teenage love story and a nice lesson for the readers never to be impulsive with your judgement when it comes to matters of love. 


3 OUT OF 5. 

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