Finished reading "The Helpline" by "Uday Mane" (Leadstart Publishing House). The first thing I noticed was of course book cover, and I instantly liked that! It's very smart and apt.
Sameer Masand is recluse, and has become suicidal as the ghost of his past chases him and fills him with guilt, causing mental turmoil. Neha, his best friend takes care of him, and one day she casually suggests him to call some helpline. Sameer somehow follows her suggestion and gets connected with a girl called Rachael. She talks to him tenderly and listens to him patiently. Their 12 hours long conversation, when Sameer shares his agony with Rachael, changes Sameer's life.
Who is Rachael? What is the truth of Sameer's past? How a single conversation changes Sameer's life?
Read this book to know. This is a nice and engrossing read!
As the author says, this is not a story about falling in love but is a story of rising from a failed love story.
The writing style is very nice and interesting, and I must say that the author has crafted this book really well. I liked the way he has captured the emotions like innocence, guilt, pain...
There are some thoughtful quotations like:
Spend some time with yourself, and you learn to live alone.
Sometimes, life gives you options you cannot choose from.
There were some distracting and confusing elements, but the gist of the story is very positive. It's about love, loss, friendship and hope. I liked the peom and two short stories (Especially The Joker), incorporated nicely. The end is very different. Overall, for me it was an interesting and intriguing read. As a first time author, Uday Mane has done a commendable job!
Note: Proceedings of Rs 5 per book will be used for child welfare through the Rotary Foundation.
I received this book from the author for an honest review. Thanks!