BR #99 | The Fragile Thread of Hope | Pankaj Giri | Fingerprint! Publishing | ★★★★★

Book - The Fragile Thread of Hope
Author - Pankaj Giri
Publisher - Fingerprint! Publishing
Rating - ★★★★★



Author Bio: (from book) Pankaj Giri was born and brought up in Gangtok, Sikkim—a picturesque hill station in India. He began his writing career with a book review blog, and after several years of honing his writing skills, he wrote his debut solo novel The Fragile Thread of Hope. The inspirational fiction novel was selected as a “Top 5 Finalist” in the Amazon Pen to Publish Contest 2017 and received critical acclaim worldwide. It also led to him being felicitated by Sikkim Manipal University for his contribution to the literature of Sikkim and being invited by popular website YourStory.com and ABN TV, India’s first Nepali satellite channel, for exclusive interviews. He is currently working in the government sector in Sikkim. He likes to kill time listening to progressive metal music and watching movies and sitcoms. Pankaj loves interacting with his readers via social media and always responds promptly. Connect with him on social media.

Book Review: "The Fragile Thread of Hope" by Pankaj Giri is a contemporary fiction based on love, loss, and traditionally rigid social norms. Readers get to witness the life and times of at least two generations in the hills of Gangtok. While great emphasis has been laid on character development, the author has also skilfully articulated a fragile bond that borders around the threshold of living and coping. There is a variety of locations, seasons, and places both inside and outside the human body contained in these pages.

The story begins with Fiona (a.k.a. Falguni) meeting an accident while with her husband Joseph. The first half of the book then drifts into the past where readers encounter the story of Sharon (a.k.a Shanti) who is Fiona's mother. We get a glimpse into her life of difficulties and betrayal by her own family wherein she ends up getting married to a drunkard. But there was love, at least in the beginning, for Sharon. After becoming a widow Sharon has a hard time convincing Fiona that her father had a good side too. She was concerned about seeing Fiona's general dislike towards men recalling her past incidences. All until she meets Joseph who changes everything. On the other hand is Soham, living many kilometers away from Fiona, who has an equally painful past of losing his elder brother. He starts falling in love with Shruti while in Bangalore while a general distance emerges between him and his parents. How will Soham and Fiona meet? How are their misfortunes connected? Will they be able to overcome their fears?

This book will appeal to readers who love reading Khaled Hosseini type fiction. Every chapter of the book contains a twist that will make our heart bleed and yet stitch back again as time progresses. It is as the author has rightly said, "Sometimes destiny invades our lives like an enemy, snatching the light of happiness from it. It is easy to lose our way in the dark maze of despair and give up on our precious lives, but we must hang on. Life always suspends an elusive thread of hope for us in the darkest of times. We must try to find it and hold on to it until the clouds of darkness disappear and give way to light."

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