I was reading Bishwanath Ghosh’s blog, and he had written a very interesting thing – “It is love that gives birth to every single emotion under the sun,” and I could not help but agree. It indeed is a very powerful emotion that drives people to madness, and doing crazy things that would not be otherwise considered sane. That madness has been caught on screen multiple times, but on the pages of a book by an Indian author, that emotion has rarely been portrayed. In his book, “Another Chance” Ahmed Faiyaz tries to capture that madness as he pens the story of Ruheen, Aditya and Varun. The love-stuck madness, those feelings have been shown well by the author.
The protagonist of ‘Another Chance’ is Ruheen – a girl who tends to gain the attention of people not suited for her, and she realizes her follies only after being in a relationship. Trying to find a port in stormy seas of life, she meets Aditya – a college friend and soon they are in a relationship. Personal and professional pressures force them to break up, and Ruheen finds solace with Varun – a childhood buddy. Her interactions with them both, and her relationships with them form the story.
The book is a light read. It had a taut plot, and it rarely slacked, if at all – it moves from Mumbai to Amsterdam to Shimla seamlessly. I enjoyed Ahmed’s business writing (whenever he describes the work done by Aditya and others) a lot, at times I felt he should be penning a novel where the plot is based on business, or a corporate thriller 🙂 Coming back to ‘Another Chance’, Ahmed has tried to set a mood for each scene by mentioning the music being played, and describing the surroundings.
What I found a bit distracting in the book was that a bit too many pubs, cafes, and tourist spots were mentioned. It sometimes took the focus away from the story, and I felt I am reading a travel book. Leave alone outsiders, a normal Mumbaikar or a local from Amsterdam may not know of some places mentioned in the book. In my opinion while those things did add credence to the story especially the feel-good parts, but many times (mostly in case of tense scenes) they diverted the reader from the actual emotions being expressed.
Coming to characters, at the end of book Aditya seemed to me as if he was treading the fine line between simply mad in love and going crazy, while I felt the author was trying to portray forlorn, and heart-broken. But without a doubt the depiction of all the characters is done very well – especially Ruheen and Aditya. The story flows lucidly, and it rarely leaves its grip on the reader.
Addendum: This is a author requested review.
Ahmed Faiyaz is also a co-author of ‘Urban Shots‘, and both the books – ‘Urban Shots‘ and ‘Another Chance’ released simultaneously from the Grey Oak stable.