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In this enthralling novel, Annie Zaidi tells us an engaging love story about loss and holding on.
Meet Nikunj Seth, a man in his 30s, living in Bombay with his wife and two kids. Nikunj is haunted by the memories of his childhood love, Saira Hasnain, who apparently disappeared after an earthquake and is presumed to be dead. After 15 years, still very much in love with Saira, Nikunj receives a telegram bearing the news of her death. He sets out to pay homage to his beloved for the last time and heads for his home town. What follows are a series of events that will change Nikunj’s life forever.
‘This is a love story. But what sort of relationship can you have with a dead person, what sort of future?’
What a book this was! Completed it in one seating and I am still pondering over what happened. My first Zaidi book and I must say I am impressed beyond words. The book deals with the concept of “love”. The word “love” seems to be selling in the market these days. Nobody knows exactly what it means but everybody wants it anyhow. According to Annie, there is no limit to “love”. One can love a dead person too, but the repercussions of that is what this book deals with.
The book will make you question a lot of things – Is it wise to mingle with the supernatural? Is holding on too long wise? The book won’t answer these for you. It will just make you think.
Though most of the book is easy to predict, the end will still leave you baffled. Very well written with just the right amount of suspense. It is surely a treat for all those who like a tinge of paranormal once in a while. The characters are so well developed that you will think about them even after the book is over. Their happiness, despair, frustration, anger and love can be profoundly felt.
To summarise all my feelings up about this book, I would like to say that Gulab is a very different book which I suggest should be in everyone’s to-read list for 2014. The book will leave you enchanted for sure, so don’t miss out on this one!
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