BOOK REVIEW OF That’s How It’s Meant To Be Paperback – 2017
by Shilpi Chaklanobis
· Paperback: 154 pages
· Publisher: Author Paradise (2017)
· Language: English
· ASIN: B075CJM3VP
THE STORY AT A GLANCE-
Love transcends distance, time and age. It’s beyond the customs of the world around us that spin us into a frenzy. People meet, they fall in love, that’s where your usual love story might end. But not this one. For this is not a love story, this is a story about love. When Nilanjana meets Vikram in the strangest circumstances, they fall in love with each other against all odds. The quintessential Bengali girl finds herself smitten by your not so spoilt Punjabi guy. But sometimes, life throws lemons at you and you ask yourself, is love enough to keep two people together? Come on the journey of a lifetime that makes you wonder, introspect, dive in your deepest thoughts, only to come out wiser. Experience, anger, joy, surprise and love. Experience, LIFE.
The plot beautifully describes the idea of love and friendship keeping the contemporary India at the backdrop. The author had beautifully crafted the characters playing with all the emotions throughout the book. Anurabh, Nilanjana and Vikram together prove that Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
The cover is very beautiful along with the narration. Sometimes, all we need is just one person who believes in us and who will never give up on us. Someone who sees beyond our weaknesses, beyond our faults. Who knows that though we walk in darkness, we can still find our way into the light?
And that’s how it’s meant to be.
Overall I would like to rate the book 42 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
1. Originality of the plot and sub pots- 9/10
2. Net emotions in the story- 8.5/10
3. Usage of words and phrases-7.5/10
4. The title, cover and the illustration-9/10
5. The net impact on the readers- 8/10