Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: You're the Password to My Life by Sudeep Nagarkar

Strange are the beginnings and happenings of life. On the one hand, it's you who has to carve out your fate by your actions, but on the other there's few who are able to do that. Author Sudeep Nagarkar in his latest book "You're the Password to My Life" traverses a path of love and friendship where not everything is in your hand. So what it takes to milk out a not so conventional story? Let's find out. 

We all have that one person in our lives in whose absence life seems meaningless!
Virat and Kavya are like chalk and cheese. While Virat is cautious and reserved, Kavya is outgoing and likes to lead a life full of reckless fun. Despite their differences, they are thick friends and not even Mahek, the love of Virat’s life, can come in the way of that. 
But like every relationship, their friendship is put to the test when an unforeseen incident hits them. Can Aditya, along with his cousin, come to their rescue yet again? 
'You Are the Password to My Life' is a true story that shows you how true friendship is the only ‘ship’ that does not sink.

First look at the title and the cover and a reader can easily fall in love with it. It's a convincing cover with all shades i.e shades of life included in it. The title might look geeky but there's more to it than meets the eyes. The blurb talks about few people and their lives entwined to each other, Few notable mentions related to the story could have been avoided. It's good to keep the readers in dark by picking out on the curiosity factor. 

The story is of Virat, Kavya, Mahek, Rohan & Riddhima. They are not related to each other, but still they are related. Virat and Kavya are best of friends and Mahek happens to be the love interest of Virat. But it's not an easy task to woo the girl of her dreams. Kavya is the source of support for her in the dire times. On the other hand Rohan is at crossroads after his diabolical relationship with Zoya as his French teacher Riddhima happens to have a lot of interest in him. So how life will pan out for all these youngsters? How are they related to each other? That's what the story is all about. 

Friendship, love, college romance these are the necessary ingredients of a book since time immemorial. The formula with a little trickery has worked in the favor of the author most of the times. It happens to be the case here too. It helps out to bring out the best of the emotions to the readers. It relates the real life scenarios and acts as a bridge and pillar for people who are searching or pursuing such relationships. The story is flowing and the latter half throws a lot of surprises. There's substance related to love and gloom. It has a certain level of sanctity restored to the relationship factor, be it friendship or love. 

The downside of the book is it's pale first half. The colorful life of the characters not enlivens up after the initial burst. Then there's weak story line which feels jagged around the edges and succumbs to similar scenarios read time and time again. There is no definite formula to work out the chinks in the armor and the voice becomes pale till the saving grace i.e the latter half jumps in to the fray. The excessive use of SMS as a medium kills the expected bond of blossom to a certain extent. 

All in all it's not a thorough book. More of a hurried affair. It doesn't has a settled outlook. The book serves some of the expected ingredients of life right, but some of them are overcooked or under cooked. The basic recipe to love and friendship is firm but it's the way up to the top that is shaky and tends to course out few good and few dull moments. The book is a mixed affair and by the end of it parallels will be drawn from the previous works where much better finishes have given the author much to work on. A mixed affair. 


3 OUT OF 5 

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