It is said that good novels shatter their generic origins and become unto a phenomena themselves. Rarely this maxim, especially in India, held firmly than in debutant Savi Sharma’s Everyone Has a Story. Plotting a plot through labyrinth of lives that converge, and displaying remarkable literary ventriloquism, the young author has shown a glimpse of her radiant talent.
Honestly, I don’t waste my hard-earned money on the so-called debut trashes because most of them turn out to be utter disappointment. Initially, I ignored this book too. But it was sheer number of quality reviews than quantity on Amazon that forced me to order a copy for myself. The beautifully, thoughtfully and meaningfully crafted prologue set the ball rolling. Within 2 hours I devoured the small book without missing anything.
Like a tour de force of narrative grip…Savi Sharma does an commendable job of bringing to life lives of four people with their different stories together around common theme ‘love’. The voices of portagonists Meera and Vivian echoes beautifully through out the pages of the book. The plot is akin to a huge Rubik’s Cube, with panels of plot sliding, yet moving towards an unpredictable end.
However, more than the plot I liked the gems of quotable quotes that the author bestows on almost every page of the book. Her style of writing and the quotes have lot of resemblance with internationally acclaimed writer Paulo Coelho. I am no way comparing her to such a master story teller like Coelho or exaggerating the fact at the same time. For doubting Thomases, I am reproducing below two quotes, each from Coelho and Savi Sharma.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Paul Coelho, The Alchemist.
“…if two souls are destined to meet, the universe will always find a way to make the connection.” Savi Sharma, Everyone Has a Story, Page 87, Second Edition
There are many such instances. I will not be surprised if the author turns out be a big fan of Coelho or inspired by him. Her writing style -short sentences, simple language, and the poetic narrative – too striking with Coelho’s to be missed by readers who have read both the authors.
Despite the author’s commendable effort, the story suffers from some minor limitations. I don’t know what other readers feel, but for me the plot is pretty fast paced. I found it difficult to connect to the scenes in the book and feel the emotion that the author was trying to convey.
The book is also have some classy stuff that have been milked by filmmakers and writers all around the world to no end. Those are avoidable. However, the climax was a pleasant surprise and outweighs those minor flaws. The climax is such that it feels like the author is challenging readers to guess how the story would end, and I bet most will fail.
I see something unique in Savi Sharma. She has the wherewithal to become an acclaimed writer notwithstanding the huge commercial success her debut book has achieved. I hope her second novel will overcome the shortcomings that critics have pointed out, and becomes a blockbuster both commercially and critically.
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