Book Title: Want What You Have
Subtitle: Who are You Really When You Lose
Author: Rishabh Jhol
Total Number of Pages: 268
Publication Date: 15 Jan 2018
Format: Kindle eBook
Zehen had everything that he ever wanted – good career, large group of friends, supportive parents, and a loving wife to be. He was experiencing his first snow 11,475 km away from everyone he held dear when Kavya called to end their eight-year long relationship. His identity was crushed. This story captures his transformational journey of eating bitterness, finding himself, and becoming a social entrepreneur, a traveler, and a writer in the process.
Want What You Have is a book that explores the relationship between Zehen, the male protagonist and Kavya, the female protagonist. While the central theme of the story might seem to be a love story, the book is so much more and also has a travel theme where the author has given vivid descriptions of the places.
The author didn’t directly jump into the love story of Zehen and Kavya which happens mostly in Romance books. The story starts completely off the hook where Rishabh Jhol has narrated the first encounter between and old man and a mermaid. I really liked how he had described their meeting. It was lyrical and brought out the emotions in such a refined way.
Next Zehen is introduced into the storyline where I got to know about his childhood. I was there with him as he grew up into this mature person later on. The author has managed to capture the stages of his life, the changes he experienced and everything that left an impact on him.
It is only in the latter pages, that Kavya is brought into the storyline. Unlike other romance stories where the main focus is on the love story brewing between the duo, Rishabh Jhol has presented the love story in a very normalized manner. I liked how he didn’t exaggerate their romance too much and showed it as a part of a person’s life, which it is. So, here’s where the usual romance part comes but the good thing is it’s not cheesy even though it might come across a bit clichéd.
Zehen puts in his effort to keep a healthy relationship with Kavya. He is fuelled with a positive attitude and efficiently makes time for everything he holds important in his life. But then, almost every love story is followed by a tragedy. Zehen too has to go through one such imbalance in his love life. It is then that he sets on to become a wanderer, travelling places and experiencing new perspectives, interacting with different people and observing different relations.
While the separation from Kavya might have rocked his boat but he takes it as a phase in his life which he thinks was important or else he wouldn’t be where he is today, he wouldn’t have been able to experience the emotions, become a wanderer which shaped his life and helped him follow his dreams.
I really loved the author’s writing style. He has his unique way of writing which brings up every scene to life. I especially loved how he portrayed the places. Zehen was really a developed character. The author had expressed his each and every emotion so well.
It was captivating to read the book and experience what Zehen was experiencing. The narration was equally enthralling and I kept turning the pages until I reached the end.
The pace does get a bit slow in the latter half of the book but the travel sequences kept me hooked to the book. The story would be even better with a cover that actually justifies the story. The current one, I felt is too simple and doesn’t really go well with the story. Also, the title could be shortened a bit. That way it would be much more catchier.
I really liked Zehen and how he possesses a positive attitude no matter what situation he has to deal with. In a way, it was motivating to read about Zehen. The book is more like a going on an expedition with Zehen and getting a close up look of his life.
Recommended to people who love to travel and are looking for a simple story with an engaging narrative.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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