WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
There are many different styles of writing a book – you could go for the first person narration or the 3rd person narration; there is the Jeffrey Archer style where the narration oscillates between various characters and many other ways. People have been coming up with innovative ways of writing books. With the internet expansion came the blog explosion, with people who had a hankering for writing finding a fantastic outlet to satisfy themselves as well as show the rest of the world their talent and share their opinion. Many successful blogs have been converted into books as well, finding success in the print edition.
Karnika Gupta’s “Rab Rakha” is one such book that is being converted to print form from a blog. It is an intense love story between Rab and Rakha, of what goes through each other’s minds when they meet, fall in love, and want to get married. They go through a lot together, and it is how they handle it that forms the basis of the story. It is not the usual boy meets girl and they both fall in love saga that you see in most books these days. While there is indeed a love story to be told, it is not done in the traditional way of dialogues between the two protagonists.
The story is told in a blog post format, where each character takes turns to talk about their love for the other person. And the author takes the story forward with the help of the characters, without floundering while connecting the dots. But sometimes, there was a feeling that the love and affection displayed was a little too intense for it to connect with people in the real world. Normally, such intensity would be treated as “smothering” by the partner. However, that is what fiction is perhaps most about, being able to believe in something that you do not see in your everyday life.
The copy that we were given was an un-edited manuscript, so it is not the final format that I read. However, one would certainly hope that some good editing is done to make it a really good book, as the story certainly deserves that. The cover of the manuscript is good as well, probably the best way to convey what to expect in the book (Of course, the cover could change too).
I personally loved reading this book, and I hope you all will too. Do let us know your opinion in the comments below.