You Adored, Me Ignored by Ambalika

You Adored, Me Ignored

Author: Ambalika
ISBN: 9788183283267
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Wisdom Tree
Number of Pages: 122
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Price: Rs. 100

About the Author:

Ambalika was born during an extraordinary planetary eclipse that had momentarily wiped off the sunshine from her life. When the darkness threatened to take over, she wrote and wrote, and when the eclipse passed,she found that she had authored this book. when she feels that writing needs a break from her, she switches to her other persona, to coach youngsters and help them communicate better.

Swarnali Speaks :

For starters, I thought the author had assumed a pseudonym for her debut work and it was only later that I realized she actually is called Ambalika Bhattacharyya :) (Interesting name I must say.)

Coming to the book now. Anam, our heroine of the book is a simple small town girl, who wants to make a life of her own, on her own terms, without constraints. A girl who has set out to search for her identity and carve a niche for herself in this big wide world. I think a lot of readers will be able to connect to her as she wades her way though obstacles of all kinds towards self-revelation. The daily family drama with relatives and cousins has been very humorously presented in the book.

The book is a roller coaster ride which starts like a romance with our first person narrator talking about herself and her clan (her family as she calls it) and then slowly turns into a murder mystery as a murder happens out of nowhere, when you are least expecting it. What follows next is a journey which is less of a murder solving and more of a discovery for Anam as she tries to get herself out of the suspect list. Even though the murder seemed a little outlandish to me, I suppose I can suspend my disbelief for a while just to go along with the flow of the story.

The best part of the novel is the fact that the author hasn't stretched the story more than necessary and has ended where it should, at 122 pages, which makes it an extremely light and breezy read. Humorous anecdotes and colloquial first person narration makes the book all the more fun to read. A perfect option when you want to wind down and read a book without burdening your mind too much.

Rating : 3/5

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