Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Review: "Where the Rainbow Ends"

Narration can crave, intrigue and shove the reader to finish the book in one go and this particular book is the perfect example for the same. Though the story is predictable at few places, the way author has narrated is something marvelous and to be talked. I have never read works of any Indian author with such a narrating style and I bow my head to Anurag Anand. The first thing that I read as soon as I received the book is reading it back blurb. It said-

Even the most artistic of imaginings can sometimes seem callow in the face of truth. That which appears may not be and that which lies hidden might just be the stark, naked face of reality.

Rahul had everything going his way – a soaring career, a happy family and all else a man his age could yearn for. And then suddenly his life began to crumble all around him, disintegrating element after precious element, leaving him to watch in helpless horror.

Where had he gone wrong? Was there still hope for redemption, even a solitary ray that he could cling on to?

Avantika, a pretty, vivacious girl who had come into Rahul’s life by pure accident, literally, has suddenly gone missing. Just like that, without as much as a trace.

Where is Avantika? Will Rahul be able to find her? Is it her own past that has come back to consume her or is it something even more vicious and sinister?

Shalini, Rahul’s first love and a girl accustomed to leading life on her own terms. Hailing from a family that exerts considerable influence in the galleries of politics and power, she certainly has the wherewithal to impact a lot of things. Even lives.

Is Shalini fostering a grudge that could displace not one but many lives? Could she be the one behind Avantika’s mysterious disappearance?

Where The RAINBOW Ends is a racy page-turner that promises to take you on a tempestuous and soul-stirring journey which shall remain with you long after you have put the book down put the book down.

Coming to the review, “Where the Rainbow ends” by Anurag Anand turns out to be a well crafted story that gives no hard feeling when your are done with the book. The story telling style of the author makes it a page turner as the cover page says. The title, though has nothing to do with the story, is good and has synchronized well with them cover page. I should definitely talk about the cover page of the book as it has a perfect blend of colours in a most artistic way and is easily spot in any book store. Reading this book, I wonder how I missed reading the author’s previous books which I’m sure would have been talked for its narration.

To the story, it starts with an airport scene where the protagonist Rahul heads to Delhi in search of Avantika. The journey brings him the memory of his first meet with Avantika who happens to be an airhostess. Soon he meets her again in a mall and finds her to be friendly with his daughter. She makes a point to visit his place each time she lands in Mumbai. Rahul opens up his heart to her saying about his past life. When he finds their relation to grow stronger, Avantika goes missing. Thus he travels to Delhi to find her. Doing his best to get some clue, he lands up in police station to file a complaint. The cop turns out to be his old friend and he tells him about Shalini, his ex-wife. Shalini who comes from a political background is introduced to Rahul by his friend and soon they both fall in love. With the influence of her dad’s position, he manages to get a well paying job and soon they get married. Being married, Rahul expects Shalini to take some responsibilities but she still remains to live in a fantasy world. Soon after Myra, their daughter, enters their life, they end up in divorce. This life turns topssy turvy when he is made jobless but he succeeds in taking Myra under his custody. During this hard phase of his life, Avantika shows up and brings joy to Myra. But his life worsens when Myra becomes ill due to Aplastic anaemia. Avantika, who lends her help to support him financially for Myra’s treatment, goes missing soon. The climax is so unexpected and the last few pages make the read more intriguing.

Where did she go? Does Shalini have something to do with Avantika’s disappearance? What is that unexpected ending?

To know what happens next, walk up to the nearby bookshop and get your copy soon.

The author has managed to move the story with great suspense hooking throughout the story. The protagonist is shown simple yet common man who handles love, friendship and fatherhood in a balanced ratio. Though Shalini doesn’t travel throughout the book, her character was very realistic, portraying the modern age girls. Avantika’s letter makes the best part in the story which was unexpected. Not bringing Rahul’s family into the story was the only unsettling thing I felt. Though the letter part was good as I said before, I think the author could have done something more realistic to handle that portion. Nevertheless, the story gets its attention through its narration. 

On the language front, the author has kept it simple yet captivating. The narration is the heart beat of the story that hooks the reader which is also captivating.  

To sum up my review, I would say Mr. Anurag Anand has done a phenomenal job in giving life to this book. Through his best story-telling and simple language, this is an un-put-down-able book that I would strongly recommend. I would like to give 4.5 out of 5 for this wonderfully narrated story. I’m surely looking forward to read his next work soon. All the best Mr. Anurag Anand for your future endeavors.

About The Author:

Anurag Anand is the bestselling author of titles like The Legend of Amrapali and The Quest for Nothing. In his writing career panning seven titles, he has been lauded by several national publications and prominent personalities including Mahesh Bhatt, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, PrahaladKakkar and Sudhir Mishra. Where The Rainbow Ends, Anurag’s latest offering is a work of contemporary fiction based around four principal characters. In the words of Ken Ghosh, acclaimed Bollywood Director, “A refreshingly poignant plot that keeps its readers engrossed till the very end.

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