Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Till We Meet Again by Leema Dhar

Unspoken words, shy people, untold moments are part of some love stories. They just have some sense of calm in them. Author Leema Dhar has tried to present a story where unspoken words will overpower the spoken expressions. Sometimes silence is the best tool to convey your feelings. So is this silence in her novel " Till We Meet Again" enough to overcome the senses of readers? Let's find out. 

Suddenly, an arm wrapped my shoulder. I was about to jump off the sink giving a long loud shriek, but he held my mouth with his palm. He tucked my hair behind the ears, gently kissed my forehead brushing his soft lips on the drops of water which Id not dried off. Then kissed me on the cheek again and softly murmured, Its me. The one you were thinking of
Nishi's story begins with a Stolen Kiss. She's quiet, doesn't like to express much. Kunal, the cynic, is also tough minded and an introvert. She has not confessed and doesn't have regrets. She'd touched and felt him. If love is insanity, well an asylum was the place for her, for she is truly and completely insane for his love. Who says your heart should beat when you fall in love?
Come on, get up, go and make promises and fulfill your wildest dreams. Remember, there are a billion out there and one of them is for you. . Run to him, hug and say what your heart feels because lifes too short and theres so little time to unravel your part of mystery.

The title is touchy and the cover page has a beautiful girl standing against a bright sun leaning on a tree with a big hat in her hand. Readers in the first glance won't be able to make out whether the girl is somewhere connected the story or not. It's bit confusing considering her expressions. The blurb is an unusual one which no one might have ever come across. It starts off with a moment experienced by two people and then talk about Nishi and Kunal. It's a good summation for a book. 

The story revolves around Nishi and her unspoken love for Kunal whom she starts loving after a poem is accidentally discovered by her friend Vedika in her lab file. Sparks fly around but Kunal who is an introvert and a shy person never obliges it openly. Nishi goes along with the flow sometimes fooled by his actions and sometimes mesmerized by his gestures and in the end it all comes down to one single moment which brings her life to a standstill. 

The story is like an art movie with a slow pace. The second half has interesting parts in it where family matters are concerned, unity has been shown, emotions are at a high and love is exchanged in certain subtle ways. It's the end which is the soul of the entire story and the epilogue which will choke the readers for a minute or two. The poems are another added attraction in the whole book. 

It takes time to build an entire scenario for love to happen and sparks to fly and the lead protagonists take a back seat in the first half of the story to Vedika & Rishabh's love story. Not enough exchanges are there between Nishi & Kunal. Family has taken too much priority in the story in the second half. Kunal's character is a bit too hazy at times. It doesn't syncs in completely with Nishi's character. 

The author has tried to infuse a new style depicting love where female plays a more dominating part than man but the man gets his due a bit late in the story. If the family melodrama could have been a little less the story wouldn't have gone off track. It's the last few bits which will justify the title and it's meaning. An attempt not so exemplary but has enough in it to connect with the readers for sometime.  The concept is good but the execution lacks intensity. 


3 OUT OF 5. 

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