I first met Faraaz, the author of Truly, Madly, Deeply ,when he came to attend our book club meet at Crossword Bandra. He told me that he had written a book which would be launched shortly and I had promised that I would review his book on the blog. The book launched sometime back and the review has been long overdue. But nevertheless here goes…
Rahul and Seema, the protagonists of the story are two love struck teenagers in school. Both are extremely talented and academically brilliant. In short they are the stars of their school. Seema comes from a conservative family and as much as she wants she cannot take time out to spend with Rahul. While Rahul initially understanding, starts to resent her for this and becomes bitter about it. A series of misunderstandings and ego clashes lead to them finally go their separate ways.
Rahul moves abroad for his higher studies but he finds it difficult to come to terms with the break up. From being an extremely outgoing and social person he ends up becoming a loner. Seema also is not happy with the situation she finds herself in.
Will these two overcome their differences? Will their love survive? Will it bring them both back together again?
The story is heavily inspired by Bollywood (Rahul, by the way, is a popular name for all romantic male leads!). The story has lots of Bollywood moments in it too. Another thing I felt was the over usage of poems as part of the narrative. They are good but how much of it is enough? The book could definitely have done with better editing to make it worth the reader’s while.
Besides the basic issues with the story what comes across is the writer’s passion for poetry. On reading the book one knows that the story is written straight from the heart and with all honesty.
Wishing Faraaz all the very best and a great career ahead as a writer!
About the Author:
Faraaz Kazi is currently pursuing his post graduate studies in Management in Mumbai. He is a certified soft skills trainer and runs his own academy in the same field. He completed his creative writing course from XIC and obtained a diploma in freelance journalism from The British Institute.