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January 29, 2013

Book Review - 113 : Melancholic Delight

Author : Tista Ray
Publisher : Smriti Publishers 

‘There’s no love like the first love. There’s no feeling like the desperation to attain true love. Love or lust matters not when two eyes meet, uniting the souls at once’

It’s this love which frees Sri from the reign of darkness and makes her heart rise to lofty heights of anticipated passion with no one to pull her back to reality. It’s Jishu, who appears as the first ray of hope in her overshadowed life and showers her with the ultimate sense of freedom, which she has been craving for. He fills her life with the long awaited perfection. To a flawed person he appears as the flawless. He becomes one among her most perfect acquaintances, but is he really as unblemished as he appears to be. If so, can a flawed person risk a life with the flawless? Do opposites really attract each other or it deviate them from their normal avenues of life?

The writing at times in the narrative, is deep yet distinguished and there are traces of brilliance during the musings of Sri. But as they say, teenagers should behave like teenagers and that's where you will feel let down. There are passages where they behave like adults and that's where you feel that the author has gone too far ahead of herself. Also, i felt the central protagonist came out to be too confused and deliberately trying to destroy her peace of mind. If you know that there is a communication gap and you are intended to deepen it rather than making efforts to bridge it in a relationship, then you can't blame destiny for bringing in the melancholy in your life. Isn't it? You can't have your cake and eat it too. Even though i must add that i enjoyed the regular conversations between Sri and Jishu and hide-and-seek games they play with each other which reminds you of your own school days.

I am going with generous 2/5 for debut novel of Tista Ray's 'Melancholic Delight'. There is talent in the writing, but it needs to be polished and groomed more in the future for better results. In its present form, this book is a one time short novella to be enjoyed once over its short stay of 80 pages.

You can buy the book from here.

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