Babumoshai, Zindagi Badi Honi Chahiye, Lambi Nehin. I am sure we are all familiar with this famous line from the superhit Hindi movie Anand, directed by the great Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Well, the same lines echoed a million times in my head when I had completed reading only a few chapters of A Destined Rendezvous, the new book by Chayashree Pathak of Till The End Of Time fame.
Can we define love? Some say love is eternal, but what exactly is eternal?
Some say love is divine! Then what exactly is divine?
Some say love is about pure feelings. But then, how can we define purity?
Love can be an endless and hopeless wait, and it can be a heroic sacrifice as well.
In a nutshell, the definition of love varies from individual to individual.
A Destined Rendezvous is one such story that not only tries to define love but also effortlessly tells us how unpredictable life is and why it should be big and large but not essentially long.
A Destined Rendezvous is the story of Shreya and her undying love for "A," an alphabet she became familiar with after reading about it and its feelings in a random diary that she found accidentally on a flight.
What is "A"? Who is "A"? Is "A" a fictional character or a real person? And what about the things written in the diary? Are they real or just a part of some unfinished novel? Without knowing the reality of anything written in the diary, how can she fall in love with the person who made those entries? And how could those feelings be so strong that she ignores the one who dearly loves and cares for her?
A Destined Rendezvous is all about these questions and their eventual answers.
What I loved the most about the book is the lucid manner in which the story moves forward. Like her first novel, Chayashree keeps it simple. She neither hides the truth of the characters who become friends as the story progresses nor does she try to shut her soul when it comes to defining companionship.
A Destined Rendezvous is a simple love story told in a simpler way.
I fell in love with love once again after I completed reading it.
This book is worth your time.
NOTE TO THE AUTHOR: The best and the good guys deserve the best. Hopefully, in your next!
Partha Prawal (Goswami) is a Guwahati-based journalist who loves to write about entertainment, sports, and social and civic issues among others. He is also a published author.