Top positive review
A brilliant modern fiction by one of the best young writers of our times
Reviewed in India on 7 July 2019
I have known Keshav for the past five years, right from his journey as an aspiring writer to a bestselling author. I was really touched when he dedicated a full paragraph for me in the acknowledgements section of this book—his third novel, and I’m really grateful to him for that. I’ll not share that here as I would like you to buy this book yourself and read it.
I have loved all his books until now, but I was amazed at the maturity of his narration right from the prologue of this book. I felt as if I was reading a novel by a very experienced writer. It was amazing to see his progression from the first Whatsapp image of his prose that he had sent me many years ago.
The story is a love story between Paarth, a driver-cum-writer and Upasna, a student, the challenges they face, how they inspire each other, the beautiful friendship between Paarth and Kartik, and the complex relationship of Paarth with his father.
The narration is so skillful and smooth that you won’t feel like putting the book down even for an instant. The characterization is excellent, and the characters develop beautifully as the story progresses. I could feel for them, and I was rooting for them until the very end. The descriptions are also brilliantly done, and they never felt excessive or insufficient.
The prose is beautiful. I could see how much his language has improved since his first book, and it is nothing short of outstanding. The delicate wordplay, the simple lucid language is exemplary, and it never felt forced or artificial.
The ending is also satisfying, and I truly loved the book and the writing. This book can serve as an example for new authors who want to learn how to write a beautiful yet non-cliched love story. The story portrays love, friendship, and family relationships in a wonderful manner. It is emotional and uplifting at the same.
4.7 stars to this amazing book by one of the best young writers of our times. A must read for all lovers of fiction.