Title : Anamika
Author : Soorina Desai
Pages : 234
Publisher : Leadstart
Genre : Fiction
Cover : 3/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation : 4/5
Overall : 4/5
“Life perhaps has no story to tell. This book is about birth, a search for an identity, intense emotion, illusion, disillusion, acceptence, death and a personal definition of eternity. All pieced together for us to look back and see that we managed because we survived from moment to moment. Even an ordinary life has one extraordinary chapter of love in it. This is Anamika’s tale of a pure but forbidden love, set in newly independent India, an era when romance had a different meaning and the language of romance had a different allure. Perhaps the content of this book is for everybody who has been ruled by the heart, lost a lover without loosing love, asked questions to God but found answers within, and embraced life knowing it can be enjoyed only in small doses. It is about finding peace through simple things, glimpsing heaven in a beloved pair of eyes, of recognizing blessings through a child’s laugh and living through the undulating journey of pleasure and pain with endless gratitude for having experienced life.”
I have read Soorina Desai’s other two books as well and can proudly say that she is an institute herself about how to write descriptively and how to evoke the exact feeling in the reader’s mind what you have while writing. Her books are good in two ways; one from the reader’s perspective and another from an author’s perspective.
Talking about Anamika now. This book was first published in 2005 and then got reprinted by Leadstart publication in 2015. This book is about a girl and the story begins from her birth within political turmoils. Her name is interesting, Anamika; which mean ‘of no name’. The story behind her name is also an interesting read. The struggle of finding her identity in her parent’s eye is the beginning of the story of the book. But soon an unexpected event, provides a complete turn to Anamika’s identity when a childless couple adopts her. There begins the story of forbidden love of Anamika that is as pure as it could be.
The story is set in the era of young independent India where love had another definition than it has in today’s time. Those were the time when Ghazals were the way to talk about love. Beautiful Ghazals of those times make this book an interesting read. Beautiful quotes at the beginning of each chapter are another thing to mention about. I will not mention it again that the writing of this book is magical as you can’t expect anything less from the author.
Overall, this book is a must read who loves to read literature at its best.