Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: 244 Days: A Life by Partha Saha

Love is a bug which bites very hard. It either leaves you high or completely dry. Be it a man or a woman there are a lot of considerations before the two decide to fall in love. Author Partha Saha in his debut book "244 Days: A Life" has tried his hand on a love story. So has he put anything new for the readers? Let's find out.

Have you ever developed a best friendship through Facebook?
How many ways have you ever tried to convince your girl?
Have you ever done loyalty test on your partner?
How many times have you split up your relation and again patched up?
Have you ever felt about being a patient of Love?
Its a story of one dorky couple whose love was in the sky to fly but Alas! Negative emotions and maker of their relation tricked and they got separated. The boy begged her to come back but she didn't respond. The boy screamed but she didn't want to hear that. At last the boy thought patience is not a virtue, its a waste of time and being impatient made a blunder, when she came back to his life it had been too late. She got to know everything about being embedded to crime. He repented for his mistake and penanced. Now what do you think, can they meet again? Lets switch to 244 days a life.

First look at the title and the cover and the readers will fall in love with it. The colors of the cover image could have been done more tastefully. The title is pretty different from what readers generally see on the other book covers. The blurb talks about love and it's implications in two people's lives. It's a good blurb leaving thing on readers imaginations. 

The story is of Bunty a typical college boy who is bitten by internet and chatting mania. His life goes through a new phase when he accidentally befriends Babli online and from there on starts a friendship. Things progress slowly and steadily as they both fall in love with each other. But with time the haste in commitment results in cracks and insecurities and emotional dilemmas too. So will their love be able to withstand the test of time? Will it be the first and last time Bunty falls in love with someone? What role Babli will play in Bunty's life? That's what the story is all about. 

It's a love story with two young lovers and a lot masala in it for the readers. A message to the readers that never commit in haste. 

The downside of the book is it's weak narration and story line. It has nothing new to offer in terms of love and romance. The concept is an old and over used one. A lot more could have been done with the story line and the author could have tinkered with better ways to portray love. 

The book overall is for hopeless romantics but disappoints on a lot of counts. It could have been made better in terms of narration and a newish idea of love between two people. It falls flat and from there on it's a struggle to relate to it. 


2 OUT OF 5

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