BOOK REVIEW: ‘LETTERS IN THE RAIN’ BY ANUBHAV SRIVASTAVA AND ANANYA ROY

Book Title: Letters In The Rain

Author and Co-author: Anubhav Srivastava and Ananya Roy

Total Number of Pages: 201

Publisher: Rumour Books India

Publication Date: 7 Dec 2017

Language: English

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fiction

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BLURB

Quite early in his life, Aman had been labelled a ‘weirdo’. His side-parted, oil soaked hair and gawky physique made him the butt of jokes among his peers. There is nothing spectacular in his life—he studies all day, has never had an interaction with a girl that lasted more than five minutes, and scribbles his inner musings into his best friend, a personal diary.

Deep down, however, the guilt of being considered a social killjoy by the society starts to have a negative impact on him.

When forced out of his solitary shell into the action-infused warehouse that is ‘college’, Aman’s life takes a drastic U-Turn. Owing to a Chemistry project, he is forced to partner up with Kiara—a cheerful, carefree soul who tucks away her dark, brooding past upon arriving in Manipal.

What follows is a series of awkward encounters and quirky adventures; ones that throw them in the deep end and make them face their worst fears.

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REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY

Letters In The Rain is the story of Aman and Kiara. Aman, who keeps himself isolated from social scenes is labelled as a weirdo among his classmates. He is a bookworm who always keeps himself limited to books and concentrates more on academics than ‘having fun’. Due to his introverted nature, he feels he could never fit in among the common people of his age who have rather an outgoing personality. Thus, he keeps to himself and doesn’t talk with anyone much. He is often the centre of attention of his peers’ jokes and is often teased and bullied. Since he isn’t good at expressing himself verbally, he writes down his thoughts in a diary.


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I could very much relate to Aman’s character since during my school days, I was seen as the nerd with glasses. I was often teased and bullied by my classmates. Though it wasn’t too bad, but yes, at that time I questioned myself if something is really wrong with me. I could feel Aman’s inner turmoil where he finds it difficult to express himself. We live in a judgy world. People just need a chance to judge you and make their own opinions. It’s not always possible to change people’s perceptions, but the truth is the quieter ones are the people who feel deeply. They are generally empathetic in nature and are capable of thinking differently and not form any judgements on face value. Even though society doesn’t want to admit it, there’s no ideal type of personality out there. People are structured different and thinks differently. As long as one can accept himself/herself just the way he/she is. Trust me, life gets simpler.

Okay, coming back to the review; this labelling of Aman leaves a negative impact on him where he questions himself and his existence. But once, he gets transferred to college, he is forced to come out of his shell. During a Chemistry project, he is teamed up with a girl, Kiara who is the exact opposite of Aman. While Aman is the quiet and gloomy kind, Kiara is a chirpy, carefree soul. Even though she appears to be all happy and talkative, she is hiding away a past. Different people have different coping mechanisms and she chose the carefree way.

At first, they don’t really get along well. But as time passes, these two forms a bond of friendship which quickly transforms to more than friendship. What follows is Aman and Kiara helping each other to overcome their fears.

The narration flowed easily. The language was simple and easy to understand. The characters were sketched well. Aman’s character was nicely etched out.

I would have preferred if the sentence structuring was looked over a bit more. They are short but they sounded a tad bit emotionless while reading in continuation. Also, this type of plot has been rehearsed before so, I wouldn’t say it is exactly original. Still, the approach was good and the characterizations were justified.

MY FINAL VERDICT

The book is a short read. If you are a fan of romance books and you are looking for a short read, you can give this a shot.

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RATINGS:

Book Cover: ⭐⭐⭐

Book Title: ⭐⭐⭐

Plotline: ⭐⭐⭐

Narration: ⭐⭐⭐

Characters: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Language and Vocabulary: ⭐⭐⭐

Grammar and Punctuation: ⭐⭐⭐.5

POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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