BR #94 | Till We Meet Again | Shibaji Bose | Srishti Publishers | ★★★★★

Book - Till We Meet Again
Author - Shibaji Bose
Publisher - Srishti Publishers
Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Shibaji is a practitioner in learning and development, also working closely in the wealth management space. He graduated from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, followed by a post-graduate diploma from IISWBM, Kolkata. With two decades worth of experience in sales and distribution, he called it quits to be on his own. He is a life enthusiast, an uncompromising foodie and is known for his sense of humour.

Book Review: "Till We Meet Again" by Shibaji Bose is a contemporary fiction based on an incredible story of an ordinary man who rediscovers himself amidst lessons learned from life. The plot is inspired by the day-to-day observations from mundane middle-class living which undoubtedly rests below an affluent class of wealthy influencers and politicians. The narration of the dreams, struggles, and containment of ideas of common masses are well reflected in this story. There is a balance between reality and documentary in the plot. It serves to illuminate a side of the masses we often talk about but seldom acknowledge.

Aryan, the protagonist of the story, hails from a middle-class family of three siblings. His younger brother Rohan and sister Rhea. Having lost his father in political violence, the family was forced to move as tenants into rent-seeking apartments. It is here that Aryan gets acquainted with Kavya and her husband Arvind, the landlords of the property. Aryan aspires to become a salon stylist but events in life don't really shape the way we want. As a result, Rohan ends up behind bars while Rhea goes on to become a national celebrity as an investigative journalist. A pilgrimage undertaken by Aryan's mother turns out to be the turning point in his life since, after that day, Aryan gains good news of being selected as a hairstylist at one of the city's leading franchise but at a great cost. What did it cost? His sister, the landlord Kavya, and one of his clients at the salon teach some of the best lessons to Aryan through his experiences with them. Can Aryan ever go back to his old days? How does a mediocre student like him, end up living life better than his siblings? Is love an illusion?

These and many more questions are answered inside the pages. This book will appeal to most readers since it is an insightful read - one that brings out the extraordinary from the ordinary. A careful narration has been undertaken by the author to express his views regarding the middle-class spirit. No matter how happy or sad they are, living in a middle-class family must go on. This is perhaps true because promises break, to-do-lists change, people change, and all norms get violated just for some extra good feeling. A realistic story with an apt narration of everyday life from the viewpoint of someone ordinary, The crisis and twists in this tale have been carefully drafted by the author which makes it a pleasurable read. Patience and perseverance are indeed needed to overcome any challenge in life.

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