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December 1, 2013

Book Review - 144 : Where the Rainbow ends

Author : Anurag Anand
Publisher : Sristhi Publishers & Distributors

Where the Rainbow ends by Anurag Anand traces the graph of three individuals - Rahul, Avantika and Shalini. Rahul had everything going his way a soaring career, a happy family and all else a man his age could yearn for. And then suddenly his life began to crumble all around him, disintegrating element after precious element, leaving him to watch in helpless horror. Where had he gone wrong? Was there still hope for redemption, even a solitary ray that he could cling on to?

Avantika, a pretty, vivacious girl who had come into Rahuls life by pure accident, literally, has suddenly gone missing. Just like that, without as much as a trace. Where is Avantika? Will Rahul be able to find her? Is it her own past that has come back to consume her or is it something even more vicious and sinister?

Shalini, Rahuls first love and a girl accustomed to leading life on her own terms. Hailing from a family that exerts considerable influence in the galleries of politics and power, she certainly has the wherewithal to impact a lot of things. Even lives. Is Shalini fostering a grudge that could displace not one but many lives? Could she be the one behind Avantikas mysterious disappearance?

There are multiple threads which ultimately ends up in a thrilling climax. This is my first read of the author and he does impress with his intensity, pace and sincerity of telling a story. He writes about relationships with a warm which silently will remind you of Cecelia Ahern who incidentally has written a book by the same title. The author takes a story of common people and lap them up in difficult circumstances. The writing is sublime, but it lacks finesse in transitions and there are multiple awkward moments which comes off too contrived in character lives. At this moment, you will feel disappointed as a reader.

I am going with 3/5 for Anurag Anand's 'Where the Rainbow Ends'. It is a heart warming portrait of three individuals trapped in difficult circumstances. Even though one of the main character is ill-conceived and another provides a cheap redemption in the end, it is still a one time quick read. Much better than your normal run-of-the-mill romances you read these days.

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