The book portrays the life of five people who have nothing in common but are united just by the heaviness of their heart which is killing them deep within.
1. Abhinav – young man who is struggling to get a job to earn money for his livelihood.
2. Deepak – almost lost every reason to live after the bitter break up with his wife and his mother’s demise.
3. Vivi – prisoned by terrorist and whose only choice is to face the awaiting death leaving his wife and little son all alone.
4. Sankaran – to an elderly man of his age, family is the only console, but not for Sankaran.
5. Prabhakaran – a school boy with the only dream to succeed in his upcoming tennis match to feed his family.
When their grief starts weighing more and they all were left with no option than to die – an old man trespasses their life and show them that life is more than what they thought it is. Further, the book is built up on solving the mystery of who the old man was?? And how the other’s life changed after his arrival.
This book gives an insight to “what we call life“. It teaches us the hard truths of life in an easily decipherable way. Every story has a unique plot and are written in a way that it would bring out our emotions to life. After every story, I took a break to rewind the life lessons I learnt from it.
The language is lucid and the usage of easy words made it a comfortable read. The narration is weaved in such a way that every stories are close to readers heart and the fast paced narrating style made it an engrossing story. The book is divided into six chapters which made it an easy read. And every chapters are enticing with an anticipating twist at the end. I couldn’t control my excitement for the mystery to end. The characters are sketched to its utmost Perfection and everyone can connect with those characters with ease. Some characters will reside in our heart forever. I literally cried when reading the story of Sankaran.
The cover suits the title and also the plot, but I couldn’t find much connectivity between the title and the plot ( though it is mentioned at the end, it could have been explained well). The blurb goes well with the story giving a deep insight to the plot.
What I learnt from the book :
1. “Zero hour thinking” from The Pizza Engineer.
2. “Give a second chance to life” from The Messenger.
3. “Live every moments” from Not Today.
4. “Life has no expiry date” from The Storyteller.
The letters at the end of every story shows you the unknown version of life. It is an inspiring work which keeps you motivated till the end.
The book has some editing errors but it is negligible owing to the captivating story. I felt a bit disappointed with the end because my expectations were high after reading the five stories. The presence of the old man at the five places wasn’t justified which was the only drawback I found throughout the book.
It is highly recommendable to everyone irrespective of the genre.
Cover and title : 4 / 5
Blurb : 4.5 / 5
Plot : 5 / 5
Narration : 4.5 / 5
Editing : 4 / 5
Overall rating : 4.4 / 5
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