Title : Les Just Not be Only Friendz
Author : Vikash Sharma
Publishers : Creative Keeda Publications
Format : Available on Kindle. Paperback from 18th April.
Kindle Price : Rs 100
First of all, the author recieves a great applause for his debut book and also to portray the reality in every students life.
Les jus not be only friendz (1) is based on relationships and various phases of a graduate student’s life. The novel is set in Noida (NCR) in the time-period of 2009 – 2011.
The novel tells the story of a young, average performer and simple middle-class guy, who in desperate bid to not join his father’s profession of selling mechanical spare parts in a small town, comes to Delhi after graduation to study in a Film school, hoping to make it big and become successful in a short time span.
Aakash opts to stay with his old school friend Dhiru and his trouble making friends, who were perusing engineering from Noida. Before he could sink with the feel of Delhi NCR, he falls for a girl named Neha and finds him swept away by love and varied emotions. Dhiru does not like the progress in Aakash and Neha’s blooming relationship and consistently tries to act as second fiddle.
In order to save his friendship with Dhiru and in seeking Neha’s love, Aakash goes through various troublesome phases, which test him over time and eventually changes him from a shy and simple person to a completely different kind.
Towards the end, in order to prove his true love to Neha, Aakash accidentally ends up doing something that he had never dreamed of. The incident terribly jeopardizes their relationship. Will they ever get back to each other?
No, It’s not entirely a romantic story of panic stricken Aakash and confusedly demanding Neha,
Yes. It’s an amalgamation of intricate relationships, set in modern times, focusing towards the trials and tribulations of average, but true lovers. It’s an endearing tale of veritable friendship and love in its ever changing colors.
The cover of the book is eye catchy and also justifies the content of the book. The mild colour with a couple attracts the readers and the other images on the right gives clue about the storyline.
The book opens up with the protagonist, Aakash waking from an evil dream and the story further moves around his past college days where he stayed along with his childhood friend, Dhiru and eventually falls for Neha. It further says about the college days of a middle class man, who struggles to find his identity amidst the regular issues in friendships, relationships, clash between roommates, adopting new habits and eventually trying to accomplish his task. The book clearly depicts the hurdles every college student undergoes in his life and it also shows how one should overcome them to succeed in life. The first person narration keeps us engaged with the story till the end. Since the incidents happening in the story coincides with our real life, the book hooks us up with the story. Summing up, this book is a roller coaster ride of adulthood, friendship, love, relationship, hostel life, emotions, sufferings etc. It also has some twists and turns which makes the read interesting. The usage of simple and lucid language comforts our reading.
Since this book is a college based story, the flavour of adulthood and vulgarity overlooks a bit. And the author could have used English meanings for the Hindi sentences as subtitles since most of the pages has Hindi sentences in abundant which makes it difficult to grasp the meaning for non-Hindi readers from other parts of the nation ( especially me ).
Cover : 4 / 5
Blurb : 4 / 5
Plot : 3.5 / 5
Narration : 4 / 5
Overall ratings : 4 / 5
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