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BOOK REVIEW OF- Because… Every Raindrop is a Hope
By Mansi Sharma and Sankalp Kohli
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: General Press; 1st edition (28 January 2013)
THE PLOT IN BRIEF-
Caught in the turmoil of an Underrated Love and an Overrated Infatuation, Raj, a young boy with larger than life dreams, from a small town of Kanpur, is at the cross road of life, where every road ahead leads to nothing but a Dead-end. Through the gruelling course of circumstances, he is subjected to the bitter tests of life, where he fails to justify his one decision of parting ways with Mahek. But, when Mahek flashes out of his life, leaving him all alone, the guilt of not been forgiven by her, ruins his soul; and that frustration leads him into seclusion, devoid of even his best buddies – Rohan and Rahul. Failed love, broken friendship, a hurt ego and lost soul – Raj is doomed to darkness. With no ray of hope ahead, just when Raj is about to give up on life, he come across a note, written to him by his favourite professor, “Never give up Raj Because Every Raindrop is a Hope” which brings Raj face to face with his own self. Why Love that makes Life beautiful, turns into Satan? Why friendship one fine day loses all its meaning? Why on the crowded roads of Mumbai city, Raj finds himself walking all alone? Will Raj challenge Life and fight back with the sword of Hope or will he take the easy way out by succumbing to the arduous tests of time.
Love can crystallize things. When love is in the air, distressing rain can become a wonderful avalanche of shimmering diamonds. Raindrops are transformed into a flood of sparkling crystal pearls. The power of love can convert rain into a multitude of glittering prisms. The mental seduction of love and a boundless illusion, inflamed by a profound uprising emotion, can change any ordinary incident into a radiant, luminous voyage.
I am sure that at point or the other we all have been frustrated with life. It is then when we feel that life is nothing but a piece of false hope. The title aptly tells you that even a tiny thing such as a raindrop is not false. Even the tiniest of the tiny can be your hope BECAUSE…EVERY RAINDROP IS A HOPE.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
“At the edge you will always remember me, at the edge you will last be remembered, where sanity and insanity come together, for the time, then separates. Like leaves on October trees, that colors the world, but for a moment, then leaves. At the edge, where life losses its edginess, and thoughts we will become one, someday. At the edge the sun drops, the ring falls, and senses of raindrops climb upwards to the gray sky.”
If I begin with the cover page, you will find a glimpse of infatuation linked with it. Its a wonderful setting with appropriate background details which makes the book a perfect adjective to begin with.
Most of us especially in college life get obsessed with LOVE without even knowing what love is all about. We basically tend to skip the friendship aspect of the entire thing. For instance we can’t have rain without clouds; similarly we can’t have Love without friendship. If that happens, it is not love but lust. Three friends Raj, Rohan and Rahul travel to Mumbai for their higher studies. In course of time, Raj meets Mahek with whom she falls in love. But eventually everything comes to a halt due to past experiences and ego clash which is the most common factor now days.
This is where the true idea of the title comes to play. Raj finds himself in a situation which is filled with grief, frustration and hurt. He finds himself walking alone in the gravel path which leads to nothing but dead end. The book teaches us how to handle situations like this and especially for teenagers like us. We do fight back and find a way out in the middle of the dead ends. Rain is a lullaby heard through a thick, isolating blanket of clouds. It is the tinkling harp of water droplets; a moist breath whistling through willow reeds; a pattering beat background to the mourner’s melody. Rain is a soft song of compassion for the broken-hearted.
Please read the book once to get the feel of HOPE and COURAGE.
YOU SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE-
A VERY COMMON BUT MOTIVATINAL PLOT.
THE BOOK DESCRIBES PERFECTLY THE ESSENCE OF FRINDSHIP.
FINALLY, “Sometimes the rain falls just for you me to be the violin playing in the background of our loneliness’s Song”
DRAWBACKS (negligible to the beautiful plot()-
The characterization could be made better.
Certain situations were unnecessarily put into the plot.
Overall I would like to rate the book 40 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 8/10
Net emotions in the story- 8/10
Usage of words and phrases-8/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
The net impact on the readers- 8/10
“Love. It felt like a falling raindrop scatter on a trembling leaf then roll of its tip in a cascade of pearls”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Mansi Sharma – Having a zeal to sail the vessel, till the river runs dry in the chase of her dreams; Mansi is a person who takes the challenges and surprises that life and destiny throws at her, with courage. Nesting big dreams from her childhood in the Beautiful City of Chandigarh, post her Graduation in Physics (Hons.) from PU, she moved to Pune for her Masters. An MBA Graduate from SCIT, Pune, Mansi is presently working in one of the top Indian Telcos. With a slice of painter, dash of an avid reader, a writer and an unexplored poet, she is an emotional and sensitive person.
Sankalp Kohli – Born and brought up in Kanpur, Sankalp is an MBA Graduate from NMIMS, Mumbai. An entrepreneurial soul with an imprint of a perfectionist, he is a workaholic, who believes in turning every single moment of life into something constructive and fruitful. Being an avid reader since the beginning, he eventually began giving his thoughts and ideas, the wings of words in the form of blogs. He is a person who holds his parents above all, especially his mother. All his dreams and aspirations are driven by his wish to make his parents feel proud. Other bestsellers from General Press: A Lot Like Love, Love Happens only Once, The Girl I Last Loved.