This is my first ever book review..though i got late, i managed 😉
Book at a glance
Book Name – When She Smiled
Author – Ritoban Chakrabarti
Genre – Young love, Romantic fiction, Drama
Number Of Pages- 217
Price : 215 Rs.
Source – Blogadda
This is a young love story from Shimla.
About the Author “Ritoban Chakrabarti”
This is Ritoban’s debut novel, but it doesn’t seems so. His writing is very simple and close to the readers’ heart. He is an entrepreneur. Like any other person with typical business mind he started his own internet marketing company, right after college. Congratulations to the author for his debut novel.
Here it goes –
This is a “sweet n sour” love story of 15 year old ‘Roy’ as all used to call him. He is Mriyunjoy Roy. He spent almost a decade in beauty of Shimla. He wants more than what his academic oriented family expects from him.
He is very excited joining his DAV school again after 2 years. Many things changed and many things are the same. Like every other love story his life is going fantastic till ‘Akanksha’ enters his life. He is enchanted with her beauty, looks and obviously her smile (as the title suggests 😉 )
The other characters in the story are chosen wisely as well. Roy’s parents were very particular about his studies. Their fights on petty issues annoys Mrityunjoy a lot. But his elder brother “Sid” and sister “Ashima” are the ones who guided and helped him in all walks of life.
Author explained everything in detail. Especially the scenic beauty of Shimla and Kasauli. While reading, you can’t help but actually imagine and live it. Author has very well described the meaning of relationships and love seen through the prism of a 15-year old boy. You can actually get into the shoes of a 15 year boy and feel about everything he goes through..his feelings, his hurt, his happiness, his jealousy, his insecurity and much more. Almost all emotions are very well expressed. Going through the turmoil of teenage crush, love, heartbreaks and humiliations, Mrityunjoy Roy, the protagonist of the story comes to terms with his destiny.
The beautiful picturization through words of the road side walks, mountains, trees have a mesmerizing effect on the reader. Author has described each and every scene in great detail. This sometimes slows down the pace of reading. I myself skipped some lines sometimes. 😉
Initially they are like perfect love birds, made for each other types. First love, first feeling, Mrityunjoy’s excitement to talk to Akanksha, his prepaeration for the walks from dressing style to talking manners – everything is very good to read and it might remind you your teenage days. While in school and tuition teen love flies. and is not untouched with misunderstandings and mini arguments like in any relationship. But it takes two wings to fly, Ashima did’nt understood Roy’s love for her or there must be something else in Roy’s destiny. It is rightly said that its all in fate. And whatever happens, happens for a reason and there is something good Whatever’s meant to happen, will happen.
In life, a few things are always left unattended and where you cannot explain your part of the story to others and cannot claim ownership in any way possible of what they think about you.
Climax is what i personally liked very much. It’s not a happy ending love story but ends FOR happiness. “When She Smiled” a perfect title, which is justified from the beginning till the end.
It all started with “a smile” and ended with “a smile”.
I would recommend this for the teenagers who believe in love at first sight without understanding the real meaning of love. Or the ones still not spoiled by the love. Or simply, for one who wants to go back to older times because they may have experienced parts of the story themselves.