Title : YOU ADORED, ME IGNORED
Language : English
Author : Ambalika Bhattacharyya
Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Wisdom Tree ( 2013 )
ISBN-13 : 9788183283267
ISBN-10 : 8183283268
Binding : Paperback
Price : Rs. 100 ( Buy from Flipkart.com @Rs.90/- ( 10%Off! )
Pages : 134
The Book Summary : Anam wants to be...well...Anam. But as an unmarried and unemployed member of the Acharjya family, that is not something she has the liberty to be. Especially when The Clan - as she refers to them insists on living like ministries of a government and is head over heels in love with Polly, Anam's cousin. Not believing in competing with Polly, Anam busies herself with her newfound work at the film festival. Life seems to have settled, until murder strikes, and fingers are pointed - at - who else but Anam. Anam finds herself dragged down by the question 'why me?' and in answering it, leaves behind quite a number of broken hearts...and heads.
My Point of View ( P.O.V ) : Let me first start with the title and cover of the book. Both are interesting, but little ambiguous. You don't really know what to expect inside. The title do hint it to be a romantic book, but it is quite far from it - which is a pleasant surprise.
Reading about Anam, somewhere reminded me of my own overwhelming tale of life in the city of Bombay/Mumbai. Being from a smaller city Guwahati ( like protagonist Anam Acharjya; the 24 year old herself too is ), you do tend to get lost in the mad rush of daily routined life, and sometimes wonder where exactly you're headed. Are the things you are running after - things you really want? Or there is more to life. What really gives you happiness and a peaceful mind. Like Anam too, I had quit my monotonous corporate job to explore other things, that I was really interested in. So, yes! I did get connected to her instantly. While my family had no real issues with me wanting to live my life - my way, on my own terms; Anam's experience on the other hand was rather different. That decision of hers i.e 'leaving a good paying IT job' was greeted with stony silence, which seemed more important an issue than the death of her 'uncle', which had coincided. Of course, they let their displeasure known too, in subtle ways, for instance - her aunt praising her daughter non-stop for getting offer in foreign shores, the obvious obsession for IIM's and the like.
To move away from all these family dramas of incessant questions relating to her giving up of job et al, a daily occurrence, she ultimately decides to take an offer to work for a film festival ( in PR ), head on, in the pursuit of her goals i.e to find her own space under the sun and live free. There is also a murder mystery that follows soon, in the book, into which Anam is dragged - and how she comes out of it ( or rather deals with it and solves - in an entirely believable manner ). With so much happening within its short pages, the book will definitely keep the reader engrossed till the end.
I loved the usage of various terms given to its various interesting characters, esp TYSOTES ( read book to find out ) and other twists and turns, with a suitable climax in the end. I'd definitely love to read more from this author.
Positives : A really nice first-person narration of the crisp story, the author has done a pretty good job for a debut. The language is easy and simple flowing, hence easily understandable, unlike other heavy literary works. Priced right, a witty and humourous read, the book is highly recommended for light reading.
Negatives : None! Maybe little length in exploring the plot further and also an indepth description of the characters etc would've been preferred.
Who will enjoy this? - Everyone!
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About the Author : Ambalika was born during an extraordinary planetary eclipse that had momentarily wiped off the sunshine from her life. When the darkness threatened to take over, she wrote and wrote, and when the eclipse passed, she found that she had authored this book. When she feels that writing needs a break from her, she switches to her other persona, to coach youngsters and help them communicate better.
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