Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply – Faraaz Kazi

There is nothing like the first love, or in many cases nothing like the first infatuation or crush. You would be all of 12 or 14 years old when a beautiful damsel would pass by you stealing your breath, and your heart. Nobody forgets their first time they fall for a girl. In the book “Truly, Madly, Deeply” the author Faraaz Kazi explores the first love, and the problems the couple face in their quest of love.

The protagonist of the book Rahul is a singer, quizzer, guitarist, cricketer, debater, dancer among other things apart from being the school topper. He falls for Seema – a year junior to him, and who is equal to Rahul in all senses except for his arrogance. Being toppers their affair is known to all and sundry, and this adds to the multiple complications that any normal school-time romance has to contend with. Their romance, their life is what makes this book.

The character of Rahul has been very well developed. The author has taken pains to create his protagonist and it shows when you read the book, especially the first few chapters. Similarly the female protagonist Seema’s character has also been developed properly, but she plays second fiddle to Rahul. The writing on display is noteworthy, and at times I was not reading for the story, but for the writing prowess of Faraaz Kazi.

What let the book down was the length – 300 pages is a bit too long for a normal love story. Another thing that disrupted the flow of the story was incessant school events that kept on taking place. One or two events are fine, but in this book most of the middle chapters concentrated majorly on the school events, and the story crawled ahead in those pages. Although I have to admit that the attention to detail for all the events that transpire in a school is exemplary. On reading about the school life, you can vividly remember your own school days.

On the whole, a promising debut by the author. I enjoyed reading the book, but at times it felt a very long read. I would surely enjoy reading more of the author’s writings as he has a great command over the language, I just hope next time there is tighter editing.

Addendum: This is an author requested review. I was contacted by Faraaz Kazi to review his book.


16 Responses to “Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply – Faraaz Kazi”

  1. 1 Ismail Sheikh March 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    That’s a decent review. I really loved this book. Took me back to old times.

  2. 3 Safal Srivastava March 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Too long winded, a wafer thin plot. Did not work for me.

  3. 5 nadi March 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    enjoyed reading this.
    glad to discover your blog!

  4. 7 Pravin Khare March 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Amazing story with some deep detailing. The author has weaved a love fantasy. Nice review too.

  5. 9 Naazneen Khan March 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Here’s my review of the same novel. It was an exciting read right from the start, though I agree it slowed down in the middle.

  6. 11 mohit April 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Must be an enjoyable read Truly madly Deeply by Faraaz Kazi. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.

  7. 13 Pravin Khare April 19, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Wonderful review. I got a copy as a gift on Valentine’s day. Looking forward to read it.

  8. 14 rohit May 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Must be an enjoyable read Truly madly Deeply by Faraaz Kazi. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.

  9. 15 gaurav June 21, 2011 at 1:45 am

    sadeliiiiiii book kuch b sense nhi h bkwsssssssss…………………

  10. 16 Priyanka Vaswani July 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Gaurav, were you trying to read the book in Hindi? As per me, it is one of the most genuine and practical love stories every written by an Indian author. Freshen up your reading habits before throwing dirt on a worthy work.

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