Author : Ayaan Basu
Publisher : Srishti Publishers and Distributors
The Storm in my mind....Ami, Kolkata and Confessions is a collective narrative of events, habits, stereotypes and idiosyncrasies revolving around the contemporary society of Kolkata as narrated by Aryan Roy, central protagonist of our story. It is a story of his love, hatred, passion, friendship, trust, misunderstandings, nostalgia and a boy's incomparable love for his city.
Narrated in the first person, the book delves straight away into the love story of Aryan who works at a call centre. I initially enjoyed their telephonic conversations and their first blind date is written with lot of sincerity and tongue-in-cheek humour. But soon the "Shut-up" punchline and "bodyguard" jokes become repetitive and the monotony sets in. With chapter titles such as "Short review of the next 8 months", this seems like a technical document and very less a novel.
I also could not understand why so much stress on Kolkata in this novel - when actually half of the story is set in Delhi and Mumbai and is very quick to point out flaws of these two cities. Even when talking about Kolkata, the author take half-shots at portraying culture of the city rather he bombards us into Wikipedia type of entries of places he usually visits with his lady love. Really, can this be qualified as "incomparable love" for the city? If yes, then I am sorry I missed it completely.
I am going with 2/5 for Ayaan Basu's 'The Storm in my Mind". Bouncing off a nice cover, the novel needs to be more detailed to make strong case for the love of city or the novel. In its present form, it is a half-hearted one time read.