Rainy Days – In time for the rains…..A Book Review
BOOK: Rainy Days
AUTHOR: Samarth Prakash
PUBLICATION: Good Times Books Pvt. Ltd.
GENRE : Fiction
ISBN : 938061945-6
“We are not always dealt the cards that we want. We are dealt what we are dealt. We just have to play them in the best way that we can.”
The lines above form the theme of the novel, RAINY DAYS. The protagonist Raghav is like any other common man with ordinary desires like a good job, love and a life well lived. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always run the way you want it to. So, Raghav keeps living yearning for the love of his life who comes in and goes out as and when she wishes.
No wonder, Raghav thinks one day, “Megha rested her head on my shoulders and I held her with one arm. I had spent a lot of silent moments with her, but somehow, the silence that day was scary; the calm was overwhelming. I wondered if a thundering storm was about to unleash itself.”
This itself speaks about the author’s philosophical nature mentioned in the brief introduction given about him:
“His writing style ranges from ardently melodramatic and vividly romantic to quietly philosophical.”
The story narrated in the novel can be that of anybody’s and that is what keeps the reader going, discovering and experiencing emotions and situations along the narrow, rugged path of life.
The rain is symbolic in its description of love, hurt, ambition and the will to carry on despite all odds.
The author’s idealism spelt through the protagonist Raghav is to be appreciated especially when he says, “Like so many other things in life, doing the right thing is a habit. It was not just the way we did business, it was also the way we lived our lives. You may get away with wrong ways for a few days, maybe, even for a few years, but your karma will always hunt you down.”
The novel is engrossing more so because it is simple, uncomplicated and possesses a conscience query in every situation and emotion.
A really good read!