Title : Paradise Lost & Regained
Author : Ratnadip Acharya
Pages : 252
Publisher : Frog Publication
Genre : Fiction
Cover : 3.5/5
Blurb : 4.5/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 3/5
Writing Style : 5/5
Presentation : 4.5/5
Overall : 4/5
Whispered the forest & its trees, ‘Little deer, tell us your story again.’
Smiled I & asked, ‘What will you gain hearing it time & again?’
Replied the forest at once, ‘It is not just a story of a deer,
but of we all—forest, earth, sky, trees, wind and river.
It is a testimony to trust, love, hope & courage
that we will all remember for ages.’
With a smile, again I began to narrate my story,
which breathed my love, fear, success, failure & glory.
It spanned from my birth in the forest to human captivity,
from where I escaped to explore life’s other possibility.
Everywhere and every moment I received help from Nature,
& it taught me to experience life from closer.
I learnt that the other name of life is Mystery,
and that it is beautiful with all its unknown twists and unpredictability.
Once I finished my narration, the forest was throbbing with life,
there prevailed only peace, silence & joy, and no strife.
‘Name your story,’ breathed the forest and every living entity it contained.
Thought I for a while and replied…
‘Paradise Lost & Regained.’
- Writing Style.
- Imagination and Narration.
Our grand parents loved to tell us tales about life and interestingly the characters used in the tales were animals and the teachings they gave to us were invaluable. The same magic gets created by Ratnadip’s ‘Paradise Lost & Regained’ when you indulges yourself in the story of a deer who’s life will teach you dozens of lessons and that too pretty silently.
The story of Paradise Lost & Regained can be anticipated easily after reading few chapters of the book but the essence of this book doesn’t lie in its story but lies in the beauty of writing it. This book lets you wander in a deer’s life who wants to reason everything that is happening around him. He doesn’t want to easily accept the old notions prevailing around him but want to experience on his own and then decide over it.
The narration of the book is lovely; you’ll feel calm and often feels like smiling over it. Some of the events related to deer’s life are extraordinarily beautiful. The one which I liked the most was her mothers mating with male deer. The beauty of description was utterly incredible.
Beauty of the book lies in beauty of author’s way of writing the harmony of nature, the imagination of world from a Deer’s eye, the struggle of living and dreams and hopes of life.
Now talking about the drawbacks. Well the book is pretty long, if the book was 40-50 pages shorter, it would have been much more interesting.
Overall, this is the book you should read to learn the power of keeping the grip over your audience by your writing style. And for readers, I would say there are very few books available in the Indian Market that directly touches the soul, this book is one of them.