There are few authors with whom you share an emotional connect as you are an audience to their work since the time they were building their niche in the field. That’s the reason I connect with many authors even if I like their work or don’t. One of the most unusual authors for me is Durjoy Datta who started writing campus love stories full of sexual explorations but started experimenting different plots since last 3 years. I have enjoyed him as a writer since beginning but the variations that I got to experience in these few years is what is more delighting to me than anything as a reader. I am just done reading his latest experiment named “The boy who loved” which sounds to be just another love story but this is one of the best character-based novels I have read. I can easily compare this one with another favorite DD-novel, “Someone Like You”.
The book starts as a diary of a boy who has considered himself as he is good for nothing because he does not have any bigger ambitions but wants to lead a normal life. The way the whole plot is handled in the form of a diary spoken in the first-person voice is amazing and does not bore you even for a minute unlike many popular fictions where the same concept is not treated as maturely as DD has done in this book. The magic is woven in the book right from the first page till the end. The way the protagonist is introduced in the initial chapters makes you curious to know more about him. And the way each day is narrated makes this book a perfect page-turner that you won’t be able to keep down without completing it in one sitting.
The characterization is so beautifully done in this story that you will be able to interpret each one’s mindset. The orthodox mentality of the protagonist’s parents is very nicely discussed in this book which makes you wonder why Indian parents are so pitiless and rude when it comes to accepting the child’s choice for his/her own marriage. The way the chemistry and relationship between the protagonist and Brahmi is mentioned also breaks your heart many a times. The condition in which Brahmi lives will make you emotional time and again. The last chapter of the book is heart-breaking and I wish if the ending would have been something different but whatever, I feel this book would have been incomplete if everything would have ended happily. This will remain to be my favorite Durjoy Datta’s book for a long time for sure. I rate it 4.5* out of 5.