Sunday, 23 February 2014

Love @ Air Force by Gaurav Sharma: a review

There are so many love stories in this world but most love stories go unsaid and unwritten. The pain of not expressing the love in the beginning might lead to a very complex situation at the end of the day. Love @ Air Force by debutante author Gaurav Sharma is yet another such story.

According to the book blurb- The Violent romance of the fighter planes with the clouds in sky... the pulchritudinous officers walking around arrogantly... the runway... the logo constituted by the concentric tricolored circles in the background.. Is the spectacle that meets our eyes at the feeble mention of the Air Force but there is more about the air force besides these... An unhappy sergeant- Sushil Awasthi feels that his circumstances dumped him into doing drudgery in the Air Force and he deserved better out of life. Grumbling often, he accuses his wife, his parents and even Air Force for his agonies. When he finds that, the newly arrived medical officer, Wing Commander Shabd Mishra is his best friend of school days, his inferiority complex plunges further down. The wing commander is still hankering after his school day’s crush- Soumya despite knowing of her being married to another Air Force Officer, who too, gets posting at the same station. How do things shape up when the three classmates get together? What fate does the love story of the lovelorn Wing Commander meet? How do others go around, the officers and non officers, react to the friendship between a sergeant and a wing commander? Welcome to Air Force station Agra to know how the Air Force reins the lives of its employees.

The strict rules of the Armed forces or any kind of forces are known by one and all. The scene of officers having ego and despising even the sight of the low rank sergeants is very common in the forces let alone the friendship between a mere sergeant and an officer of an influential post. Among all these difficulties and the nature of the people who work in the Air Force, the friendship of Wing Commander Shabd and Sergeant Awasthi is quite a treat to read in every reader’s eye.

The love for Shabd’s school time crush Soumya is also one of the very relatable and best parts of the book. School time love is mostly attraction but in Shabd’s case it was pure love and even knowing about Soumya’s marriage, Shabd didn’t give up. Air Force became the villain in their story and knowing the officers of Air Force, Shabd knew that Soumya’s parents won’t agree. This insecurity in him made him be quite about his feelings for his lady love. What happens when they meet is something the book is all about.

Sergeant Awasthi joined the force sacrificing his dreams to support his family and he succeeded but he was not at all happy with his surroundings. When he met Shabd after a period of twenty odd years, the people around him venom his mind with deep insecurity of a sergeant’s friendship with a Wing Commander.

Three lives intervened in one Air Force Station and how it goes on from there is something that is looked forward to. As a debutante, the author did his best in writing this novel and it stands out from the crowd. The writing style is very simple yet it keeps the reader hooked into the story completely. Very much unlike the love stories of today's time, the story doesn't give something that it shouldn't, it is very to the point and what we call perfect!

The fun elements of the story were the poems scribbled by him. Wishing the book and the author best of luck, I would rate this piece of work 4 out of 5.

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