Reminiscences by the girl who lived
Author: Samrudhi Dash
“Reminiscences by the girl who lived” is the second novel of Ms. Samrudhi Dash, an erudite scholar of English Literature who is very popular in the literary circle for her interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking poems, articles and essays. Last year, I had got the chance to read her first novel “Beyond the Horizon” and I was impressed by her powerful writing style.
So expectations were bit high when I started reading “Reminiscences by the girl who lived.” And I was definitely not disappointed by the plot, characters, and the narration. Though sometimes I felt why the girl Tariqah who appeared quite mature was not able to handle the problems of her past with ease. Sometimes her acts were not convincing. But everyone has a different perspective on life and I know that the problems which appear trivial to one, can be a turning point in another’s life. Well, that’s life where nothing can be defined with common rules.
What I liked:
1. The story has been narrated by “Pain.” Doesn’t it sound interesting? It is the first time I have read any book where the story is narrated by an emotion.
2. The language of the novel is very impressive. The flow is praiseworthy. I felt as if the author had a reservoir of thoughts which needed an outlet to flow.
3. I felt that the novel was bit philosophical. There were many interesting quotes in the book. I would like to mention one of them- “Life does not give us all answers and sometimes we are better off without ever knowing the answers.
4. Though the first half of the book was a bit slow, leaving me to wonder why the girl Tariqah had such demeanor, why her acts sounded exaggeration of the trivial issues? However, the second half of the book was beautifully written and it answered all the questions that popped up in my mind initially.
Most Interesting Part:
1. I would say the second half of the book. It was intelligently thought, plotted and written. All the sub-plots had been given adequate coverage and none of them abruptly ended.
2. Author has mastered the art of inking the emotions in form of heart-touching quotes. And you would get its glimpse in this novel.
3. All the major characters of the story were interesting, but I liked the character of Ken a lot. Robin sounded a typical Bollywood hero and the lead character, Tariqah appeared more natural and convincing in the second half of the book.
“Reminiscences of the girl who lived” is a commendable effort by the young author. Even a seasoned reader would love the plot especially the way it progressed and its climax, which was actually stated in the beginning but with some twist. To know about that, you will have to read the book.
Overall Rating: I would rate it five stars for the two reasons, first, the way the story is narrated and secondly, as I mentioned earlier, its interesting second half.