Youngsters and Romance

A few days back  I had gone to Oxford Bookstore to attend a book launch. I was surprised when I heard that the book, which was supposed to be launched, was written by a seventeen year old. It was an enthralling experience, I got to know some eminent personalities of my city and I would convey my sincere thanks to Kolkata Bloggers for giving me an opportunity to review the book on behalf of them.

Romance, the theme which has been ruling the field of literature since time immemorial, is undoubtedly one of the primary themes of every budding writer. But very few authors are able to blend romance and thriller in a perfect manner.

‘I’m Yours… Forever…’ by Samragngi Roy is a romantic thriller set in a fiction land of Pegasus which explores the relationship of Rose and Robert, two teenagers. The daunting secrets of Robert, the exploration of Crystal’s psychical ability and the mysteries hidden under the shards of consciousness adds the aspect of thriller to the romance. Each chapter ends on a note which baffles the reader but it is the last chapter which ties all the unattended knots and gives the story its final shape.

I would appreciate the young writer to come up and put forth her step into the world of book writing and inspire other youngsters whose talents are often unrecognised. The writer has a good command over her vocabulary and her sense of playing with words and painting pictures of nature is superb. However, I felt the writing and the storyline needs ample maturity. As I have already mentioned, Romantic thriller isn’t an easy theme to deal with, it requires sophistication and experience to write a perfect romantic thriller. Nonetheless, a good beginning and best wishes for her career ahead.

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Our Agendas and their Prejudices

 Homo Sapiens are one of the most complicated mammals living on this planet. Our ideas, rules, principles are so obscure that it makes it terrible for their own inmates to live. We align all our agendas without taking into consideration if the established  rules would imply to each and every member of its group. Now that many hollow assumptions and agendas are put into question so it was highly expected to raise the question of ‘coming out’ as LGBT. But hey, why should people come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and not as straight? Becky Albertalli raises this pertinent question in her first novel ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ in the best way possible.

Simon, a sixteen year old teenager is still trying to work out who he is and what he is looking for. Unfortunately, his emails, to an anonymous friend, falls into wrong hands and things get pretty complicated. His tale of understanding people around him, hiding his deepest secret and then divulging it open to the “universe” and finding the one whom he wants to- is filled with laughter, giggles, sympathy and happiness.

Believe me, this book isn’t going to disappoint you. When you’ll shut the book, you will surely do it with a smile on your face and a wholly new perspective of dealing with Homo Sapiens.

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