Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Review: All Signs Lead Back to You by Aniesha Brahma




2013.


As the final bell for the day rang on their last day in school, Diya Rai, had a chill run down her spine. The chill of not knowing what the future holds for her and her high school sweetheart, Ashwin Chowdhury.

So she does a preemptive strike.

She dumps him before he can hurt her.


2015.


Two years later, Ashwin and Diya, cross paths. Each holds grudges, feelings and only one half of the story that completes them.

Told from alternating points of view, through a non-linear timeline, this is the story about first love, second chances and ALL the SIGNS THAT LEAD BACK TO YOU.



Meet the Characters


Diya Rai – is the protagonist of the story whose actions have always had terrible consequences for those around her. Diya is self-absorbed and never chooses anyone else over her own self. Diya’s troubled past keeps her from letting people into her life. Even though she’s hurt Ashwin she wants him back in her life years later.



Ashwin Chowdhury – is her best friend in school and later on, boyfriend. He is left heartbroken by Diya but when their paths cross later on, he realises he doesn’t want anything to do with her. He lives with his mother and elder brother and hails from a upper middle-class family background.



Nina Gonzales – is Diya’s best friend in college. She and Diya had met during their admissions and had become fast friends with one another. Nina and Ashwin end up competing with one another to see who is really Diya’s best friend!



Rishabh – is the quintessential hot, rich guy that Diya dates in college. He seems to be in love with her, but Diya doesn’t seem to return the same affection towards him. Nina hates his guts.



Trina – is the girl Ashwin is interested in. She goes to the same college as Diya and Nina, and while Diya dislikes her mostly because Ashwin seems to be interested in her, Nina is indifferent to her.

About the Author


Aniesha Brahma is an author who realized her passion for writing at the tender age of six. She also happens to be the social media manager for BEE Books. Her debut novel, The Secret Proposal (2012) was published by General Press and was followed by When Our Worlds Collide (2015) by the same. She blogs at: www.anieshabrahma.com and runs an online magazine, BUZZ Magazine. She can be contacted at: aniesha.brahma@gmail.com. She lives in Kolkata with her family and her five super adorable cats!


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Me thinks

I have read the previous works of the author and can say that proudly "She is one of my all time favourite authors". The reasons are many. For one, her strength is simplicity not only in her stories but also in her writing. She picks up characters around her and captures their lives so beautifully that you have no choice but to become a part of their lives. At the end of the book she leaves you feeling emotionally confused, because she takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the book.

In this book what I loved the most was her characters. That's something I really look forward to in her books. Her characters are multi dimensional with a voice of their own. None of them seem like card board cut outs. She manages to make them come alive in the reader's mind as much as they are alive in her mind when she was writing their story. Her writing always has a profound impact which leaves a long lasting impact on the reader long after the book is done.

Like in this book, it made me think am I right in building a wall around me and not letting people come close beyond a point in my life. Because her story is about this wall. Surprised? Don't be. That's Aniesha for you, she can take the minutest thing which otherwise would have been unnoticed and make you wonder why was it even there in the first place. According to me this is the sign of a brilliant author. She picks up nuances of relationships and highlights them in her stories with all their ugliness and beauty intact. At the end of the book you can not help but admire it. For me her books work majorly for the "connect-ability" point. I relate to her characters and can connect with them on more than one points. Though I was a college goer a decade ago, still this story triggered some memories, that's the power of her pen. Overall a superb read, heart warming and soul stirring.

Would definitely recommend this book for all book lovers. This will make you believe in the power of love and friendship.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like sev tameta - the comfort food of all seasons for all reasons.

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