Book Title: A Quest for Spring
Author: Monica Muzumdar Dixit
Total Number of Pages: 402
Publisher: Notion Press
Publication Date: 12 September 2017
Genre: Fiction / Romance
Raehan and Amolika come from two very different worlds. And for the time that their worlds overlap and stick to one path, life seems beautiful. Between projects at college and hanging out with friends, the two of them come to a startling revelation that involves a bond of love between them.
Unbeknownst to the both of them, there lies a leviathan of espionage that eventually consumes the bond they share, driving them apart by force.
Sixteen years pass, when fate decides to rekindle their bond – only this time, the challenges are exacerbated by the unresolved baggage of the past. Do the two of them find each other? Does the dull, grey, long-standing spell of winter rise to give way to spring?
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
“Somewhere my love there will be songs to sing,
Although the snow covers the hope of spring…”
Ever read a book where a relationship is compared with seasons and if you think of it, a romantic relationship does seem similar to the changing seasons? Consider it this way, the different seasons reverberates in the different phases of a relationship. This concept of comparing seasons to the phases in a relationship is what I loved the most about the book. The whole story resonates with A Quest for Spring. The titular reference was made at the end. A perfect ending!
The book tells the story of Raehan and Amolika. Not everyone has an easy love story. When life throws difficulties at them, it is to see whether they stick together or end up parting ways. Overall, the story is quite simple, but the book is quite different from other romance novels. The first thing would be the characters; they come from different religious backgrounds. The next would be the time gap in the plotline. Of course, the past and the present are bridged together.
A Quest for Spring is actually divided into four parts.
The first part set in 1997 where Amolika nurses a passion for journalism and she has her eyes on the universities in UK to get a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She lost her parents at a young age and was brought up by her paternal uncle, Brigadier Bhaskar Nath. He gives her an assignment to test her skills at being an investigative journalist. This task is what makes Amolika’s path to coincide with Raehan’s.
Amolika tries to befriend Raehan but he always puts up with excuses so that he doesn’t have to talk to her. But, finally they do become friends and as time passes this bond of friendship transforms into love. No one confesses their feelings outright because they are oblivious to their feelings for each other until they are separated.
In the second part, the two leads faces problems which keeps them apart. Call it life’s way of testing their bond. Amolika and Raehan both make progress in their lives individually. Amolika follows her passion of being a journalist. She successfully made it to Sheffield University. Even when she was miles away from Raehan, she could never shrug off the memories of the days she spent with him. On the other hand, Raehan had actually moved on in his life as he had promised; married, a diploma in Political Science and Economics in hand and a law student. Amolika too gets married.
Now when Amolika and Raehan have moved on in their lives, will these soulmates ever reunite and if they do what will be the consequences?
The answer lies in the third and the last and most important part of the book. The third part is set in present, 2014. Raehan by now has become interested in politics and is set on to become the next Chief Minister. Now that Amolika has made a career as a journalist, she is appointed to cover for some state campaigns. This is where Amolika and Raehan come across one another. But, fate has something else planned for Amolika. Does Raehan and Amolika find their happily ever after?
I loved the narration. It was detailed but not the kind that drags on and on. It was a relief that the chapters were short, otherwise, it would have been monotonous. The characters were developed pretty well. Even the supporting characters had plenty of roles. This is what I liked. They were not just included into the plot as mannequins. The language is simple and easy. I was also very impressed with the writing style.
There were some editing mistakes and at times, I felt that the exclamation mark has been rather overused. Some of the dialogues that ended with an exclamation mark could have been replaced with a simple full stop. These mistakes can easily be worked on. They are not really a major issue.
I would like to give a suggestion, in case of the dialogues, if the characters are more expressive, I think it will enhance the overall effect of the dialogues. What I mean to say is if it is expressed how the characters are feeling, their actions while speaking, even if it’s a small hand gesture, it will help the characters to be more expressive. At times, we end the dialogues with adverbs, like, ‘happily’, ‘angrily’, ‘coldly’, etc. to show the characters’ feelings. But, it is better to show the readers that a character is feeling happy or angry rather than tell.
MY FINAL VERDICT
Overall, I really liked the book. The plotline though not an unusual one, it had a freshness to it. The characters had background to them and behaved as humans and not as puppets. Most of the time, I come across books where the characters seem lifeless. But, in this book, the characters were well-crafted.
Anyone can read this book, there’s no age restriction. Expect a rehearsed plot presented in a fresh and unwonted manner. Don’t let the hefty number of pages intimidate you, take a break while reading.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐.8 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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