BR #27 | That Thing About You | Abhaidev | Write India Publishers | ★★★★

Book - That Thing About You
Author - Abhaidev
Publisher - Write India Publishers
Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Abhaidev is the pen name of Mayank Chandna, an MDI Gurgaon alumnus. After working for a while in an investment bank, he took the plunge and quit that boring job of his to venture into the exciting world of writing, something he always wanted to do.

His penchant for continental philosophy and craze for progressive house music has nettled his simple parents. He is an avid reader and devours classics and science books.

He loves challenging his limits and believes that there is nothing nobler in this world than possessing an intense desire to learn and utilizing the gift of curiosity to its full potential. He seeks transcendence in the practice of art and hopes to pen down stories which are not run-of-the-mill.

Book Review: "That Thing About You" by Abhaidev is a romance thriller loosely based on paranormal activity but convincing. It is a story from our everyday lives made interesting through miracles and the belief in the transcendental. We come across characters who we can relate too from our experiences in a fast-paced metropolis, but who are constantly looking for some magic to happen to bring about a change in their mundane life of the corporate capitalistic world. The story goes on to show that unexpected things happen when we least expect it which leaves a lasting impression on our lives - sometimes for the better!

The story opens with a conversation taking place in another universe before we come to ours. Subodh is a regular IT employee who is perceived to be quite immature by his peers. We can all agree that the clock doesn't tick at the same pace in everyone's life. This immaturity of his makes him an obvious introvert who shapes his dreams in his mind like a child - from believing that his friend can become his wife to thinking that life just needs to go on without discipline. Therefore, it is a tough time for him to come to terms upon rejection. It is at this point that Subodh hears a female voice every time he is thoughtless. The voice seems to act as a mentor to him popping up without any control. Strangely, he finds solace and peace in talking to this imaginary girl who is bent on criticizing and tutoring him. Afraid of schizophrenia, Subodh later takes medical precautions and even returns to his home town to evade from an arranged marriage!

Will Subodh find a solution to get rid of this imaginary voice? Is this some kind of paranormal phenomenon? What happens in the end? One must read this fast-paced tale of an ordinary boy living an extraordinary life amongst usual peers. Although the plot development in the middle was a bit slow, the climax and ending more than compensates for the overall character arcs in this beautifully woven tale of romance.

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