BOOK REVIEW OF- A New Dawn By Kamini Kusum

Paperback
Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS (14 May 2018)
ASIN: B07D2GQVBF

THE PLOT IN BRIEF-
Shravan is a son of a rickshaw puller and Mugdha, daughter of a Railway officer. He has lived in penury while she has had all the material comforts. He dreams of being a soldier and serving the motherland while she lives in the world of colours. Childhood friendship converts into pure love ignoring the boundaries of a bungalow and its servant quarter. However fate has some other plans and tears apart the two innocent souls, throwing Shravan into a life that has thorns all its way. Will the two live their dreams? Will destiny bring them together again? A novel that will make us believe that life is all about never giving up.
THE TITLE-
The title itself gives us a hint of the inception which is being portrayed in the plot. The title tries question you Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. New Dawn is a phrase which gives us a view of Friendship, love, beginning, regret, lost and hope. It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer. Everything fades: the shimmer of gold over White Cove; the laughter in the night air; the lavender early morning light on the faces of skyscrapers, which had suddenly become so heroically tall. Every dawn seemed to promise fresh miracles, among other joys that are in short supply these days.
Dream is another perspective of the plot. At dawn, we awake to new dreams, new times, a new life. Each day is a time to start again, blank slate to fill with daily wishes, daily dreams. Each day is a new life with new opportunity to be whoever we want to be. I really loved the title, simple yet powerful, Dawn is a friend of the muses, even if they aren’t awake to appreciate it
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
Contrast is a major aspect of the plot which we see at the very beginning. The author had very beautifully designed the backdrop of the plot with contrast as the base. All overt and covert emotions would shrivel without the beam of contrast and comparison to supply context and implication. We need the value of counterpoise to recognize and distinguish between similar and dissimilar concepts. How do we identify the importance of hope if we never felt despair? How do we appreciate the value of society and companionship until we experience solitude and loneliness? What would any relationship be unless draped with the boughs of thoughts and feelings, without the ongoing interaction between conscientious action and unreserved devotion, without endless empathy fused with boundless love? In the ring of time, without the verve supplied by both the real and the imaginary, life would be bland, insipid, and lacklustre.
Dream is the second perspective of in the story which boosts the plot. The contrast between the dreams of becoming a soldier and living in colours reveal the character of the two protagonists portrayed in the plot. The beauty of our mind lies in its resources as our creative organizer toward our higher hopes and dreams. On the one hand it is the home of our rational and logical thought, yet on the other it is the birthplace of our creativity, where our imagination floats freely in limitless lands. When you can filter your thoughts through a lens of possibility rather than certainty, freedom instead of fear, belief over doubt, then a powerful inner magic is born. The beauty of our mind lies in its resources as our creative organizer toward our higher hopes and dreams. On the one hand it is the home of our rational and logical thought, yet on the other it is the birthplace of our creativity, where our imagination floats freely in limitless lands. When you can filter your thoughts through a lens of possibility rather than certainty, freedom instead of fear, belief over doubt, then a powerful inner magic is born.
The third aspect is obviously Love. The author has very profoundly woven the word Love so as to give a different viewpoint of the word. One of the insights which I perceived was that the love that I believe in is something that goes beyond the physical aspects of this world. The love that I believe is one that extends its energy and power through the beautiful souls that I encounter along the way, a love that can be seen in the eyes of a little dog or in the confusion of a cute lost cat who wants to be worshiped like a Goddess. This kind of love goes through a divine crafting of a person’s inner self, through personal experience and thousands of years of tears and strength, that can only be seen in the familiar eyes of old souls, the eyes that recognize each other even after long times of separation, the eyes that find themselves familiar with places they have probably been to before, but that nevertheless bring great memories with every visit. This kind of love sees hope in the eyes of new-born children that know way much more than they are capable of putting into words and that bring with their innocence a smile on each person’s face who’d wish they could start again. The love that I see when I look at you is a love which has roots deep inside each of us, but that needs care and light to grow and unfold its branches so that they can reach outside of ourselves and even further beyond the skies.
Finally we have Destiny to conclude the plot. The person who will make you feel different, who will tell you about your imperfections, who will show you and will let you experience the things you’ve thought that only exist in your dreams, can be happiness and or sadness. Yes they are real; the person that you have love for a long time in your mind is living here on earth he/she might come and enter your life anytime and at any place. What matters is treasure him/her/them and let them be part of your breathtaking life. There are powers far beyond us, plans far beyond what we could have ever thought of, visions far more vast than what we can ever see on our own with our own eyes, there are horizons long gone beyond our own horizons. This is courage- to throw away what is our own that is limited and to thrust ourselves into the hands of these higher powers- God and Destiny.To do this is to abide in the realm of the eternal, to walk in the path of the everlasting to follow in the footprints of God and demi-gods. The hardest part for man is the letting go. For some reason, he thinks himself big enough to know and to see what’s good for him. But in the letting go, is found freedom.
But what happens to Shravan and Mugdha? What does Destiny plan for them? Is separation the plan?
At the end of the day…we are anchoring into the peaceful lagoon, smiling at the majestic sun and its flirting rays, slowly slipping into the glittering ballroom of immense night skies, sipping on the platinum moon liquor under the blues of rippling waves kissing my golden foot hanging over the board of gently rocking boat, and diving into the bed of galaxies whispering magical stories of their eternal lives connecting soul, till the dawn.
Do order your copy from- https://www.amazon.in/NEW-DAWN-Kamini-Kusum/dp/B07D2GQVBF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528176115&sr=8-1&keywords=a+new+dawn
RATINGS
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 7/10
Net emotions in the story- 8/10
Usage of words and phrases-8.5/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8.5/10
The net impact on the readers- 8/10

About the Author
Author of “secrets,sins and struggles”.Also, a management professional.She just loves the way Danielle Steel writes.Also, an admirer of Shobha De and Paulo Cohelo.

Reviewed by-
Sayan Basak
Kolkata

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