BooK Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply (Faraaz Kazi)
Book: Truly, Madly, Deeply
Author: Faraaz Kazi
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers
No. of Pages: 312
First a chick-lit, and now a Young Adult. Where I am heading to?
But that’s the beauty of being known as a Book Reviewer. You can explore the world of words, and surf through the imaginations of authors by reading their books. So here I have another review of recently finished book ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ by Mr. Faraaz S. Kazi. The book has already made its presence felt in the literary world by winning various literary awards, and making it to be the only book written by an Indian author to be nominated in Top100 YA Global Fiction List. Mr. Kazi is a certifies soft-skills trainer, and runs an academy of the same. He is also a member of the esteemed Film Writers Association of India.
There are some who love and conquer…
There are some who love and forget……and then there is RAHUL KAPOOR!A pompous Rahul is head over heels in love with Seema, his beautiful female equivalent from the same school. After a whirlwind of innocent encounters, their teenage romance blossoms yet both of them never confess their love to each other. A series of misunderstandings and ego clashes cause them to drift apart. Rahul loses his sanity and ultimately his love. By the time he realises the magnitude of his loss, it appears to be too late. Will Rahul get back his Seema? Or will Seema never realise the depth of Rahul’s feelings?This teenage love story seeks answers to all these and more as it alternates between the past and present and makes you wonder; do all love stories have a happy ending? Or do all love stories end, ever? TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY promises to be an emotional saga that will captivate the reader’s heart and fascinate his mind and leave him pondering-Does Love Truly Conquer All Odds.
Before I start my review, I’d like to mention about the cover jacket. The image on the cover page is dull, and failed to grab the attention. However, the tri-color title compensates for it and makes it visible on bookshelves from some distance and it is well synced with the prologue. And the second thing I’d mention here is number of pages. Most of the love stories are under 250 pages, but ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ is on the fatter side with 310 pages. But sensibly priced at 150 Rs, and is available with 25 to 35% discount on most of the online bookstores.
‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ is a love story of two teenagers, Rahul and Seema. Who are perfect from every sense. Rahul Kapoor, like a Bollywood Hero (naam to suna hi hoga), is excellent in his academics, plays guitar, a dancer, loves debates, house captain, and probably has all the wisdom of the world. While on the other side, Seema, is Rahul’s junior by one grade, and is equally talented as Rahul. Like any other Bollywood movie, when they were head to toe in love with each other, something happened that changed their lives forever.
I always believed that first love is the best love, and writing a story on first-love makes is quite predictable. Mr. Kazi has developed the plot with the least complexity, but as the story proceeds, complications of a teenage-love makes the plot grow into a better story. Mr. Kazi’s language is sharp, and edgy, and is way too mature than the characters of the Book! It’s really good to see such a beautifully craved language from any Indian Author. The sophistication of language is one of the things that supports a predictable plot, and Mr. Kazi scored full marks here.
When it comes to narration, its really slow initially. Mr. Kazi has described the looks of the characters with some adjectives that sounds quite funny if you don’t hold the horses of your imagination. But I like the concern of the author to give a clear picture. ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ has some beautiful quotes and poems, which are well placed, but also a spoilsport when it comes to flow of narration. Almost all the time, I found them unnecessary, and an attempt to extend the pages. Something in the author’s own words would have done a better job. The grip Mr. Kazi had in the first few chapters slowly loosen up in the later chapters, and makes it a little boring read. However, later after an ‘unacceptable’ twist story picks up the pace and maintains the gravity till the end.
To conclude my review, I’d say that as a Debut Author, Mr. Faraaz S. Kazi has made his visible efforts to the book. And succeeded to an extent. After reading ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ I’m sure he will do a great job with a more mature story, with mature characters. The book is best suited to girls of age 16 to 24, and school going boys. However, people seeking a light read. Mr. Kazi has succeeded in describing the feeling of falling in first love, and captured the complexity of a confused teen perfectly. I wish him best of luck for future projects, and hope that next time I will read something much better than ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’. Mr. Kazi made me raise my bar for YA fiction.
Happy Reading :)