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ĎA Jedi shall not know hatred, nor fearÖ nor love.í from Star Wars Episode II






ĎThe heart does things for reasons that reason does not understand.í - Anon.


What happens when the most popular guy in school falls in love with his beautiful female equivalent? A pompous Rahul is head over heels in love with Seema, a shy lady from the same school. After a whirlwind of innocent encounters, their teenage romance blossoms but the two never confess their love for each other. Friends and even a few teachers approve of their relationship which is no secret to anyone thanks to Rahulís flaunting nature. Seema, on the other hand, finds it difficult to handle the unnecessary attention she gets due to Rahulís ostentatiousness.


What follows is a series of misunderstandings and ego clashes causing them to drift apart. Rahul loses his popularity, his numero uno status, his sanity and ultimately his love. By the time he realizes what he has lost, itís too late. He takes desperate measures to woo her back and win back her love. But will Rahul ever get back Seema? And will Seema ever realize how much Rahul loved her and all the misunderstandings that transpired between them? Is there really any room for misunderstandings in love? In todayís world, can a personís first love ever be his last?             


This teenage love story seeks answers to all these and more as it alternates between the past and the present events in the life of Rahul 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 a heart-warming and emotion filled tale that will captivate the readerís heart and fascinate his mind and leave him pondering-DOES LOVE TRULY CONQUER ALL ODDS?


A readerís opinion


ĎTruly, Madly, Deeply: memoirs of a broken heartís first loveí is a roller-coaster ride of emotion. A must read for every hopeless romantic who willingly relives the pains of love. The book narrates Rahulís journey from India to Philadelphia and the emotional turmoil he goes through. Rahul, the golden-boy of his school continued to ride on his success until he bumped into Seema, the focus of every boy around. Their short-lived love passes through various kinds of tests and in every chapter I found myself wishing for a fairy-tale ending. It would be unfair to declare the end so lets leave the spoilers there.


The story-telling shows the first-time authorís potential with the handling of sensitive topics like teen-romance and the mysteries of why some things so seemingly perfect go horribly wrong. Feeling & emotions are tough to express but the story absolutely captures the essence of adolescent love. Your heart goes out to Rahul when you read about his pain and anguish and the little everyday events of life are also beautifully canvassed. Rahulís introduction in the first chapter though appears to be winding. The author shifts through multiple points of view to describe a chapter or rather a memory in the best manner possible.†††††††††††


Every small or big fight that Rahul and Seema go through, all the misunderstanding and all the good and bad times they have shared struck a chord with me and are easy to relate to. The author tends to show his poetic side liberally in almost every chapter and at times it gets too ubiquitous when foreign phrases or classical poems crop out in the middle of a scene. The lines preceding a flashback in each chapter are chosen with discretion to relate to what is to follow. The story moves slowly in the first half and you end up wondering what could have gone so wrong in a relation that looked so perfect where you end up cherishing the young advances of love. Little moments of jealousy, ego clashes, misunderstandings, et al. have their fair share of limelight in causing the romantic leads to drift apart.


The main character, Rahul is a mysterious boy, who in spite of all his gruff mannerisms and turbulent past manages to remain likable. Besides the protagonist, secondary characters like Sahil and Raj are the epitome of true friendship; and as a reader I sympathise with the protagonist over the mis-deeds of characters like Jai and Farha, who reflect the duplicity of society today.† Grazil, the bubbly daughter of the neighbourhood shopkeeper also makes you realise that love sees no time and place before marking its target.


In certain scenes, Rahul shows his male characteristics dominantly and one can just marvel at the uniqueness in his actions. For example, in a debate scene, Rahul goes on to sarcastically make his displeasure about politicians known and through actions (like throwing away the quiz competition right when he was about to win it) displays his feelings for Seema. This book has not just heavy sentimental prose but also some tickling humour, intense action sequences, a nice teenager kind of a romantic song, some swirling dance moves and elegant romance; all elements at home in Bollywood movies


A simple tale that passes through complicated young emotions and brilliantly told, make a wonderful read. The author through this book puts forth his views on the power we all allow love - to make or break us.


-Farah Ladiwala.

Student of Literature & Psychology.



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