WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin
If I have to condense A Heart’s Whisper into two quotes, it would be the ones listed above.
The beauty of this book lies in the fact that it teaches us to live life as it comes, and never give up. Because no matter how testing our troubles, better times will surely follow and bring light into the world.
A Heart’s Whisper is the story of a young girl Rhea, who lives in Pune and decides to go to Germany to pursue her higher studies. Few days into the strange land and she discovers the beauty of life; the joy of eternal love.
Rhea, thus, falls in love with Gary, a journalist with a leading media company. Unconditionally and irrevocably in love, both soon decide to marry and come to India to solemnise their marriage.
But, just when the wedding is only a week away, Rhea discovers a fact about Gary which will forever change her life; their life. Gary starts behaving oddly, not entertaining company and complaining about people plotting to cause him harm.
The real reason for this, as Rhea discovers later, is that Gary is schizophrenic, where one keeps having delusions and visions about things and people which are not real.
Rhea is shattered and as Rhea’s parents also get to know about the situation at hand they turn against the marriage and strictly advise Rhea to change her mind too.
Will Rhea heed their warning? Or will she go ahead and marry the love of her life? Find out what happens to Gary and Rhea’s lives in this highly emotive and touching tale of love and sacrifice.
Moving to something about the writing style and entertainment quotient. The writing style is good and Chital writes quite expressively about the joys and pains of one in Rhea’s situation.
At times the tale becomes monotonous and dull, but all that is compensated by the emotions, so vividly experienced through the author’s words.
The climax, though, not as predictable as I thought it to be, is still quite ordinary. The best thing I like about the book is the uniqueness of the plot and the portrayal of Rhea’s love for Gary. I also like the “never give up” message which the book puts across.
For somebody, who likes to read fiction full of emotions and who doesn’t mind reading about a lot of suffering and pain, this book is a good one.
For those who cannot read slow-paced plots with lots and lots of emotions, especially sorrow, this book might not impress upon you much.
I fall into the latter category, for though I liked the book and the writing, I didn’t enjoy it much. So which one do you fall into, there is only one way for you to find out, and we all know what way it is. Now, don’t we?