Book Review: Another Chance – Ahmed Faiyaz

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 ChanceAhmed 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.

On the whole ‘Another Chance’ is an enjoyable read, a perfect accompaniment for a lazy weekend.

Another Chance on Flipkart, and on Indiaplaza.

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.

9 Responses to “Book Review: Another Chance – Ahmed Faiyaz”

  1. 1 utkarsh November 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    you are right .. not many Indian authors write love stories .. which is refreshing sometimes .. but is now leading to scarcity of love stories (in movies as well) 🙂

    Didnt both these books get released together ?? Did you meet the author in Hyd during your book launch ?

    • 2 Kunal December 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      You got that wrong dude. There are way too many love-stories in the market. It is just that I have read my fill of the simple love-stories and I rarely write about them 🙂

      And yeah, both the books – Another Chance and Urban Shots were launched together at Hyderabad, and I did indeed meet Ahmed.

  2. 3 utkarsh December 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Seriously ?? too many love stories .. the last one I read was ‘Love Story’ 😛

    • 4 Kunal December 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      Next time you are in India, visit a book store. The love-stories by first time writers are everywhere! I am not saying all are bad, some are good, some are ok, but mostly they are repetitive. The same story in a different setup, and each book costs either 95/- or 120/-

      I won’t be surprised if on my next visit to a book store I see a section named – “Love Stories by Indian Authors” 🙂

  3. 5 rajul January 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    i randomly came across your blog and liked it quiet a bit.
    i happened to read Another Chance today and completed reading it in almost 2and half hours… your review of the book seems to be all praises 4 d book.. quiet contrary to tat my experience of reading it was that of disappointment… i think the story was somewhat weak… even though the book was well written.. i felt it was monotonous as all along as i could predict the end… it was more like a bollywood movie…
    however i would commend the author 4 conceiving the strong characters and potraying them so nicely…

    just wanted to share my views 🙂

    • 6 Kunal January 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks for sharing your views Rajul.
      It is impossible for different people to feel the same way about any book. Everybody has their own perceptions on same thing.

      I think every author’s dream would be to write something that is loved by everybody who reads the book 🙂

  4. 7 shrajika August 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    awesome story near my heart

  5. 8 ADITI September 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm


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