Thursday, 27 March 2014

Trisha by Swagnikaa Roy: a review

“ShE BELIEVES” is the first thing one sees when they hold the book “Trisha” by debutante author Swagnikaa Roy in their hands. Well, according to me, the cover says it all. The story of what, who and how, is Trisha all about.

On the back cover- Life is a journey and no matter how beautiful the destination is; what counts at the end is the memory of that long journey one has traversed. A vital part of this journey is decided by those people who allow us to metamorphose into a person we become. Trisha is the story of a young girl who loved to live her life on her own terms and conditions. She was ambitious and goal oriented girl but away from the emotion called love until destiny finally brings love to her doorstep. Love strikes each human being but what do we call those who fall for two people at the same time? A two-timer, cheater, fake? This is probably that what you can call Arnab whom Trisha met under some bizarre circumstances and fell for instantly. Trisha risks her all just to be married to the love of her life, but her life is reduced to a sham when instead of a proposal her beau hands over a card to her- his wedding invitation. With a self-effacing self, she questions why her destiny is so twisted. Neither is she a keep nor a wife, neither is she satisfied, nor she is angry. She feels her life dangling in between all extremities. Will Trisha emerge victorious after life punched her in the face? Is this the end of the road or just a new beginning? Unfold the pages of Trisha’s life and experiences on her journey as she moves from the realm of fantasy love, betrayal and deception.

Well, the story begins when Trisha’s parents fix a guy for her marriage and they are told to sit and talk about themselves. Introduction of the characters, at every point of the book catches the reader’s attention.  The ups and downs of Trisha’s life have been well portrayed by the writer.

The book, written in a narrative style is something every reader can look forward to. Any girl who falls in love just to be left alone again to suffer throughout can relate to the book and the centralized character, Trisha.

The scenes were well written but there are a few parts which could’ve been written in a better way. The writing style is very simple but a bit immature and it reflects that it is written by a debutante author. The love making scenes could’ve been articulated a bit more which would’ve kept the reader glued to the book.

Being from Kolkata myself, I could very well relate to the places mentioned in the book. All the men in Trisha’s life starting from Arnab to Abaan were very well conceptualized and executed. The story had a nice flow throughout but at parts it seemed a bit too stretched. The end, however, was unexpected and it left me with a smile on my face and maybe a feeling of satisfaction too. Wishing the author luck for many new ventures to come, I would rate it a 3 out of 5.

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