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Book Review – Key to My Soul

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TITLE: Key to My Soul
AUTHOR: Probal Mazumdar
PUBLISHER: Maple Press
GENRE: Fiction

THE BOOK

BLURB

When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him.

It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story.

But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him…

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE/ PLOT: Like sweet-salty ‘nimbu pani,’ there is a touch of romance and a touch of suspense but the end result is something cool and refreshing and heart-warming.

There is subtle romance as well as some fist-fight. There is treachery as well as love and care.The book takes us on a journey of amateur love that is caught up in a storm that takes years to settle down. The storm plays havoc in the lives of the protagonists only to see them especially Hazel, emerge strong. The author has been able to bring out the suffering and feeling of remorse experienced by Hazel and Siddharth respectively, well.

The strong bonds between the Father- son duo of Mr Banerjee and Siddharth as well as mother- daughter duo of Mary and Hazel is something one can’t miss. It is deep and one of understanding. However, one thing that I found wanting was more details on Sidharth and Kiran’s divorce.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters of all including that of the least important ones are fleshed out well.

LANGUAGE: Language is simple and free-flowing. It reminded me of the water rushing in an irrigation canal in rains, cool and crystal clear.

PACE: Perfect. At no point did I feel my interest wane which would not have been so if the book was unevenly paced.

VERDICT

A wonderful read, one that has the capacity to hold the reader till the last word, ‘Key to My Soul’ scores 4 on a scale of 5 from me.


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MEET THE AUTHOR

PROBAL MAZUMDAR

An IT Manager by profession, Probal Mazumdar is into fiction and poetry writing. Winner of the Al India Poetry Competition 2014, conducted by Poetry Society of India, Probal is a well- published poet having many of his poems make it to various national and international journals.

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