Author: Jyoti Arora
Publisher: V&S Publishers
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He can be as good as he wants to be and I'll be as bad as I need to be! We'll see where it all ends up??? says Aashi.
She believes she has a right to fight for her dreams. She believes a little bit of selfishness is necessary to survive in this world. Abhi, however, has not learnt that lesson. And he can't accept the fulfilment of his hopes when they seem to rise from the ruins of Aashi's dreams.
His sister Priyam and friend Sid are made from much the same mould. And in the path of their love too lies a dream ?..... the dream of a dead and betrayed mother.
Feelings rise, and are suppressed. Past grips the present and threatens the future. Memories refuse to wane their shadows from the heart. Hope and despair fight a battle. Guilt rises up and resent the forgiveness. Revenge weaves a web. Friendship is tested. And love demands a sacrifice. A tumultuous battle wages on...
What lies at the end of this battle?
Dream's sake is what i love to call as a book straight out of Rajshri movies. Each character is squeaky, clean, perfectly etched with no single bone of unpredictability in it. Simplistic and sincere, the book is bursting at its seam with old fashioned plot points, twists and turns. The story in its basic form is about achieving your dreams and not losing your close ones in that process. Indeed, 'I-have-read-it-before' kind of story, told yet again.
As it generally happen with such books, most of the characters are stereotyped.There is a too-busy-businessman-father and too-arrogant-businessman’s-son, there is a typically suave London returned NRI and a typically flirtatious sister who has clearly forgotten her cultural values after living for a few years abroad. There is a best friend to die for and a helpless mother to look for. Even though based in Delhi, it is clearly exists in a world of its own...the one where a few of us can claim to exist.
Most of the situations are contrived and punctuates the narrative with juvenileness that is hard to follow or fathom. Sample these: a) Ashi on the first meeting with the neighbours gang start talking about finances and family issues. Really, do people behave like that in real life? b) Priyam, even though adopted by a business tycoon but supposedly short of finances actually sit at home all day and cook for his brother and boy-friend. Really, women do much better in such situations. c) The character of Sid is so contrived, almost used as a tool to make feel Adi handicapped. These and many more such instances that leaves a lot to be desired from the story.
The only saving grace is that even though plagued by grammatical and spelling mistakes, the writing is fairly competent. The language is lucid and portrays the quintessential urban set-up effectively. Most of the conversations between lead characters, even though predictable and bordering on melodrama, are relatable to real life. The author makes good use of English classics interspersing the narrative with some beautiful lines at the start of each chapter. People may particularly enjoy the banter between the friends, though there are too many PJs for my liking.
I am going with generous (2+0.5)=2.5/5 for Jyoti Arora’s debut novel, ‘Dream’s Sake’. It is not a bad book; just that it could have been so much more had the author tried to break the stereotypes and gave us more real characters and situations. Read it because at least it attempts to be sincere in its storytelling.