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I Am Always Here With You MP3 CD – Import, 16 July 2019
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Kartik fell in love with Ashima the very first time he saw her. She was everything he had ever imagined in his dream girl - his angel. As their friendship bloomed into deep love, culminating into marriage, he became her Teddy, her confidant and an eternal support. But in trying to be with her, Kartik made a choice that broke his father's heart and hopes.
As Kartik and Ashima gear up to step into the next phase of their relationship, life seems like an overload of joy and love. He is confident his love for Ashima will win over all odds, even his father. Little does he know that things are going to change drastically, forever.
Why does Ashima marry someone else? Why does Kartik accept it silently? And why is life so unpredictable?
This is a story of deep love that knows no bounds, relationships that break all barriers, and a promise - I Am Always Here with You.
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- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance audio; Unabridged edition (16 July 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1799717208
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799717201
- Item Weight : 99 g
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm
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Himanshu Rai’s 'I am Always Here With You' is yet another story that uses the timeworn concept of undying love and tries to bring some iota of unseen emotion to it.
I am Always Here With You is the story of Kartik and Ashima, two people whose character sketches are barely distinguishable from each other. When Kartik moves to a new school in Delhi, his thoughts are like that of any other kid – how will I adjust? But on his first day, he makes Ashima’s acquaintance and is immediately besotted with her. As days pass, they begin to spend more and more time with each other and it is not long before they fall in love.
Kartik, being an only son, has a best friend in his father, who has high hopes that Kartik will study engineering, which the son wants to do, too. But when Ashima comes into Kartik’s life, his priorities change, much to the fury of his usually friendly and accommodating father. A rift begins to break them apart and even though, a few years later, Kartik and Ashima are happily married, this rift still hurts him to no end.
What happens when something happens that will break the family apart in ways that they never thought were possible? Will Kartik be able to repair these bonds or does fate have something else in mind for this family? This forms the rest of the story.
I have a couple of points that I did actually quite like about this book.
There are places where you actually feel the pain and the heartbreak that the characters are going through. So much that your brows knit up and you are on the brink of heartbreak. But then you just want the sadness to be over.
The concept of a love such as the one between Kartik and Ashima, I’ve seen in just one couple so far in my life. But it is such a compelling notion that it warms me up from the inside and simply makes me want to curl up and dwell on it for a long time.
And that’s it.
While the plot and the concept are bearable – good even – there are a lot of things about this narrative, about this story that could have been improved.
Language – I’m all for more people trying their hand at bringing out different stories to the masses. But when the language is merely okay, there isn’t much that it is doing to help forward the intention of the book.
Writing style – There is a childish quality to the writing style that prevents the story from being called a piece of literature. Even for a piece of emotional yet light reading, the style isn’t something that I am a fan of.
Descriptions – When a man describes a woman – and it is not just in this one – he usually tends to describe that “she is so beautiful, her lipstick was pretty, her nails were artfully done, her hair was combed et al”. This is a vague description of how a woman looks. Not what a woman is. Talk about her strengths. Talk about how she talks. Talk about how she makes you feel. Describing just her beauty is passé.
Plus, this book is written in first person and a couple of times, when there was a hug, it went something on the lines of “she threw her arms around my perfect physique.” No.
Spelling mistakes – There are so many spelling mistakes peppered throughout the book, I wonder – what was the editor doing?
Logic – In many places, this one important quality is missing. They might be calculation mistakes, but when you’re writing a book and putting it out for the people to read, you have to be very careful. For example:
Kartik was in his tenth class, and it was his first day at school.
Sanjeev and Rashmi are the same age as Kartik and Ashima – 24 years old. And yet, Sanjeev is an accomplished surgeon and Rashmi is a practicing gynecologist. Nope, nope, nope, nope. I’m not going into explanations here, unless they are coincidentally prodigies.
Contradictory sentences – I parked my car on the side and asked her to step out. I rushed to the other side to open the door. I took her hand and helped her to step out of the car.
Plenty of sentimental quotes – misplaced – I appreciate the effort of the author in trying to bring sentimental explanations everywhere. But the problem here is that inserting these quotes in the middle of a narrative do not make them great. Instead, they become pretty annoying.
Quite a few clichés – In addition to the undying love trope, even the one about bereaved better halves has been overdone in Indie literature as well as in Bollywood. This is another book that reinforces those stereotypes.
But despite having so many shortcomings, for me, those chunks of feel-worthy paragraphs made me like this book a little, elevating it from a 1.5 or 2 to a 2.5 star book.
If you’re looking for a moderately touching love story and don’t mind these above negatives (that are from my perspective), do give this one a try.
Author - Himanshu Rai
The Two main characters,Kartik and Ashima will make you believe that love is the most beautiful feeling in the world.
Kartik, was in tenth class when he and his family shifted to Dehradun.He was not happy leaving his Delhi school and his friends. But after his father,who was his friend and hero suggested that shifting and adjusting was still comfortable in the tenth,he agreed happily.As he was the only child,he was always pampered by his parents.He loved swimming,singing and his ambition in life was to trek and swim.
Ashima,was a beautiful girl with sweet voice.Her nature attract people towards her.Her way of interacting with people and that beautiful smile can make anyone fall in love.She was the classmate of Kartik in his new school and also his first crush.She was his first friend in the new school.
Kartik and Ashima’s story begans with friendship and later on they were married to each other.A perfect couple who love each other unconditionally.But they never thought that their story will end in such a way.
The story begans with the news that Kartik is going to be father and they are expecting a child,which made him so happy that he starting planning everything and thought of writing letters to his baby every month till nine months.The news that their baby was coming made him recall the those moments, when he first saw Ashima and how their love started from friendship.He started recalling every single incident,which started after he first saw Ashima in the assembly for the first time.
They were very happy with the news and then Ashima told Kartik,whom she call Teddy from their school days, not to share the news with both the families untill the doctor confirms it.When they reached doctor for the checkup,they came to know about the disorder of the placenta and was suggested complete rest.After their meeting with doctor,when they reached home Ashima suggested that Kartik mom can stay and help them till the baby is born as her mom can’t come because she take care of her brother’s son when his parents are out. But Kartik was little uncomfortable because of the differences between his father and him. He started to recall how their relation changed when he choose arts to be with Ashima and forgot about his own dreams to be a Engineer.Later on,when he choose to marry Ashima at such a young age,their relation became more complicated and he stop to talk with Kartik.But when Ashima called his mother to share the good news and about the complications,his parents agreed to stay with them and help them but Kartik and his father were still uncomfortable with each other and they didn’t talk.
Then they made plan to make cards for his father and keep in the bench where he always sit .After days of trying without result,he stop making cards and cried a lot.And then one day, both the famlies meet for dinner and everything was going right untill Kartik father lost his control,and said things which made Kartik leave the home with bad mood.When Kartik reached his favourite place,then he started crying and also smoking which he never did in his entire life.And at home Ashima tried to explain each and everything to Kartik’s father and after that kartik’s father went with Ashima’s brother Rohit to the same place where kartik went.When Kartik saw his father with open arms to hug him,he run towards him and suddenly met with an accident and died.But his soul was not free because his only love who mean the world to him was alone with their baby.So,his soul stayed with Ashima and felt helpless every second when he saw her depressed but his letters to baby which was in the wooden box locked, made little change in the life of Ashima.But she was still depressed untill one day, when she came with her new born baby and found a letter,which was written by her Teddy and it asked her to keep the secret,and every month she will receive letter untill she reveal to anyone about the letter,which motivates her.In the end,she was able to move on with the love of her Kartik and she married again.
Who send those letters to Ashima in the name of Kartik?
Did Kartik soul stayed forever with her or was his soul free after he saw Ashima getting married again?
The story is all about love and promises.The soul may leave the body after death but it can’t leave the ones he love in pain.The author Himanshu Rai wrote a beautiful love story.The readers can feel the love which can bring back the happiness when least expected.