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Title : Derivation Of Life
Author : Viraj J. Mahajan
Pages : 213
Publisher : Notion Press
Genre : Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4.5/5
Blurb : 4/5
Plot : 4.5/5
Story-line : 4.5/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5

Overview :

Archana always wanted to provide a perfect life for her family but the course of her life takes a drastic turn when she has her second child.

Will her family have the same life ever again?

Set in the early 90’s of Ujjain, Derivation of Life throws a light on a middle class family and their quest to find happiness.

Beauty :

  • Simplicity.
  • Narration.
  • Bounding emotions.
  • Characterization.

Beast :

  • Nothing.

Review :

First of all, thanks a lot for writing this book because after reading ‘Derivation Of Life’, I came to know what simplicity means. Viraj, the author of this book, is a pure genius and I would say that he deserves a bow for his commendable work.

Story of the book revolves round the character named ‘Archana’ and her small family. Basically the story is about the struggle, Archana and her family, faces because of her ‘ill’ daughter. From the starting scene, till the very end of the book, the story will keep you engrossed, not because of any kind of suspense or something, but because of the narration of the book. The book is written from the perspective of Arjun (Archana’s son) and the one thing I loved about the author is that he has shown the mental growth of a child through his words. As the story goes on, Arjun’s mental state keeps on changing as well.

There are some very small elements in the book that are used by the author pretty brilliantly. For example the short story that Archana’s husband recites before the children and how Arjun used it in his narration while explaining the situation.


The one character which I loved the most was Archana’s husband. He seems to be like someone from your own family, for me, he was like my father. Reading this book is like sitting on a beach and watching the playful flow of the water.

For me, this was the first time that I found a book that worked as a time portal. I was lost somewhere else when I was reading this book. This book is having a strange aura that will keep you bound and will keep on asking some very basic question about life.

I would love to recommend this book to every literature lover to learn what impact can ‘simplicity’ leave on human soul and heart. I am going to remember the book for my whole life.


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