(General Fiction by “Jyoti Arora” – INR 195)
How far would you go to make your dream come true? Would you bid adieu to your most cherished relationships for the sake of one all-consuming dream? Which lane would you walk down while chasing an elusive eternity that demands all you have? In her new work of fiction – “Dream’s Sake” – debutant author Jyoti Arora delves into several such musings of the mind.
Dream’s Sake is a page from life: the life that Aashi, Abhi, Priyam and Siddharth live, a life that has much to borrow from and much owed to the days gone past. Though in them can be spotted people we meet in the bus, at coffee shops and fancy malls of glass, they all live in the sort of turmoil that has become inseparable from our convoluted metropolis. Aashi, a romantic twenty something who comes to live in a rented house with her mother, believes in a world of happy, if myopic, endings. When her stars collide with Abhi and Priyam’s – orphaned siblings who have always lived in a world devoid of bubblegum goodness – differences are certain. What is not certain is the course their lives eventually take. Likewise Siddharth, the son of a rich business tycoon, also walks a meandering course. The permanence of his love for Priyam, it seems, is wary of the equal if not more hard-pressing love for his dead mother. And life, in dishing out episode after episode of take-your-pick doesn’t help at all.
Jyoti introduces us to well-rounded characters: detailed and relatable. While Abhi’s sarcasm and lopsided grin are tailor-made to charm, Aashi’s vivacity and ‘practical’ bend of mind are right up there for all to see. And Jyoti doesn’t limit us to the protagonists; there are several other people we meet along the way. Some of them though, fall into done-to-death character stereotypes. The big Daddy who puts everything right and the handsome rich guy who has droolers by the dozen, for instance, take away from the delightful detail of her four prime protagonists.
To its credit, Dream’s Sake makes for easy reading. The language is nice and simple, the backdrop urban-contemporary. Though it has a rather slow start, the story picks up tempo – and the interest of the reader – as several events occur in quick succession towards the middle of the book. In the rush to the climax, however, Dream’s Sake appears too desperate to wrap things up. This is where it treads on the thin line between realism and melodrama, bordering closer to the latter. Some readers may cringe at the conclusion to the tale – though open-ended and thought-provoking, too 70 mm screen-ish to digest. While again, it may be this very ending that may appeal to some other readers, touching a heartstring or two with its raw emotional appeal.
Dream’s Sake is a simple tale of dreams – big and small – and life in various colours. If you are in the mood for a lazy Sunday afternoon read that stays well within the limits of casual/romance reading, you might consider picking this up.
Thank you Jyoti for sending across a copy of “Dream’s Sake”- I owe you a welcome addition to my fiction shelf. All the best for your future ventures and good luck with your dreams!
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Deboshree, Dream’s Sake by Jyoti Arora has quite an absorbing story. It made me glued to my reading-table, in every session I read more pages than I had planned for.
I hope Jyoti keep up all the good work, and comes out soon with her next book.
Good to know you enjoyed the book Vinay. 🙂 It is indeed very conducive to easy reading.
Jyoti – wishes seem to be coming in aplenty. Better hurry up with the next book. 😀
🙂 hmm, yes, I really must!
Fabulous review Deboshree 🙂 Looks like a very good book I will enjoy reading.. Must look out for this one! Congrats Jyoti and bring out your second publication soon 🙂
Thanks a lot Arti! 😀 This was a review I enjoyed doing, especially given how straightforward the reading was.
I too hope Jyoti soon does a follow up. 😀
Thanks, Arti. Will surely bring out another book soon. Actually, I have been telling myself since past month that I must start working on it. I do hope I will soon succeed in shedding off my procrastination and finally beginning 😀
I think i’ll really like this one.. But i just checked and its not available in the book stores around me.. I’ll have to think of another way to get it..
Aha… 🙂 you could order it on Flipkart; I think its available there.
Not my type of book, Deboshree. But a very well written review. I take it that you are not too busy to blog now? 😉
Thanks Sudha. 😀
Of course I am not. What gave you the idea? 😀
I might read this one but first I need to book in my hand… 🙂
Ooh… busy people. 😀 I totally understand Tanishka. 😀
How do you write such wholesome reviews? How?
😀 I am so glad you enjoyed the review Priyanka. Thanks for dropping by!
Nice review, Deboshree…but romance is not my thing 😉
I have never read any book by Indian writer…what would you recommend to me? But not romance please. I am into thriller, fantasy and sci-fi.
You should give Indian Fiction a shot Novroz; we have some really terrific writers there. Err, I am not into those genres much – not romance either for that matter – I am currently in the revisiting-the-classics age. 😀 Try RK Narayan if you haven’t already. The Guide, Swami and Friends for instance. Sheer genius.
Thanks for the recommendation, I will see if I can find it here.
I am willing to give any authors from any country a chance…as long as they wrote my kind of read.
That’s a nice take on things Novroz. 🙂 Indeed, anything that appeals to our senses is very welcome. The origins may be hugely varied.
I loved the review, then picked up this book and sure enough, I wasn’t disappointed 🙂
Dream’s sake is a masterpiece !
I am delighted the review did you a good turn. And yes, it sure is a very pleasant read.
Thanks for dropping by Disha. 🙂
Thanks for the excellent review. I read it very carefully, several times over. I have noted down all the plus points in my heart. And I have noted down all the minuses that you mention in my diary. I will keep them in mind when I begin my next book. And I hope I’ll be able to bring up a better book next time 🙂
Hey Jyoti! 😀
Thanks again for sending across Dream’s Sake to me. Like I said in the review, one of the best parts about the book is the lucidity. With that, of course, comes ease.
I wish you all the very best for your next book. Whenever its done, do remember I still review books. 😉
Thanks for the wishes. Hope I’d get a good idea and begin the next book soon 🙂
I hope so too Jyoti. 😀
Beautifully written review 🙂
Thanks a lot! 😀 😀
Seems to be a light and pleasant read. I’ll try to get my hands on this book although at the moment there are too many unread books in my bookshelf that give me an exasperated look whenever I pass them.
Nicely reviewed 🙂
Chhavi, welcome to the club. My pending list is increasing too – both in the reading and writing department, How I hope I am gifted a few extra hours this holiday season! 😦
Glad you enjoyed reading! 😀
sounds decent for an escape! thanks for the review~
Escape is right. Thanks for dropping by! 😀
very nicely written review; seems to be a nice read, will chk it out. btw thanx for showering me with your feedbacks 🙂
Glad you liked it! 🙂
Ha ha… yeah, I went through a lot of food with a capital F over the weekend… had missed out on several of your posts.
Looks to be agood read. I like simple light storiea keeping it all simple.
All the best to the writer .. Maybe I would check it out if we have it in our library…
Simple stories do have a unique grace. I like them too – what do you say, they are an escape. 🙂
Yeah, its always good to see creative talent in India. Now do I not sound like a granny? 😀
I hope I can pick it up in my next trip to India. Seems like an interesting read. A good review.
Thank you Anita. Do let me know in case you give it a shot.
I like such an afternoon read. Lets see if I do pick it up 🙂 I’ve been away from reading, maybe I can get back to it with this book. Nicely written review, Deb.
(Plz tell if thats not ur nick 😛 I tht 3 letters faster to type than 9 so did 😉 )
Afternoon reads are terrific, Especially when it’s raining outside. 😀 I miss them too; their frequency in my schedule is ever dwindling. 😦
Ha ha..that’s a nice nick Leo. I understand the convenience. 😀