The moment I saw the cover of this book , the tittle drew my attention ” Soul Seeker” . It is a life journey of a girl that starts with a terrible incidents but ends on a happy note . The world of fiction has no limitations or boundaries. It gives you immense powers as an author . You can either use the might of the pen to create a beautiful world or simply ruin its potential. Neelam Saxena Chandra , always surprises you with her writing skills . She has a great aesthetic sense . Her writing always shines through .The story & characters weaved together beautifully . There is always a level of maturity in portrayal of all her characters.
Soul Seeker is a journey of a woman, Priyanjali Dubey, who was unlucky in love not just once but many times over . Love came knocking at her door but she shut the door tight. She is an independent & clear thinking girl until an unpleasant incident changed her rational thinking & crushed all soft emotions .
Pia prefers to stay cocooned with her past & preconceived notions about males . She is shockingly rude & indifferent towards the other sex . The reason behind her behavior is latter explained fully well & is quite justified . Her circumstances & hardships she faced has drastically impacted her perception of life . Lack of affection & guidance were the reasons for the most profound changes in her personality .
On her journey she met few wonderful people who not only pulled her out of darkness & melancholy but also gave her a fresh lease of life . Her friend , Mita , is like her soul sister always there for her , giving her the push at the right time . She is responsible for many positive changes in Pia’s life till the very end . Mita’s character is dependable & likable . We all wish to have a friend like her in our lives . She has her share of problems to deal with yet she doesn’t become rigid as Pia . In fact she inspire Pia to break the walls & face the world . She is also instrumental in bringing ‘Yatin’ & ‘Pia’ together.
‘Yatin’ Pia’s love interest is a normal guy with good looks & sensible heart . His reactions & decisions establishes him as a regular guy whom you would like to take home to your parents . A dependable & straight thinking man who has his own past to deal with comes in Pia’s otherwise dull life as a breath of fresh air.
Like any other girl of her age , Pia too had glittering dreams that a prince would come & both of them would ride off on a steed. But do dreams come true ? You need to read the book to find out :).
As the story wanders in the past it is narrated that Pia is in college where she meets ‘Aryamaan’ ( her first boyfriend ) . After few pages her mother suggests her to concentrate on her studies rather than her love life as she is just in class 11th .It creates bit of a confusion.
Towards the end ‘Aryaman ‘ suddenly appears in the scene not once but twice with a transformed soul & a conscious . May be the author didn’t want to leave loose ends. In the bargain the story , which so far has been moving with a steady pace , had an added angel . The conversation between ‘Aryaman ‘ & ‘Pia’ was melodramatic but who wanted realism in the fictional world :) . A bit of twist & turn is what keeps the reader glued to the book .
The love story between ‘Yatin Guha ‘ & ‘Pia ‘ slowly simmers but never really sizzles . There are moments that leaves you craving for more . Considering the story solely focused on the life of Pia , a little more mush & romance would have upped the oomph factor .
As a reader I prefer distraction free reading . Grammar , typos or editorial mistakes disrupts the flow .Few glitches that could have been rectified at the editing table .
- ” His mother heart too melted on to seeing …..” ( Pg- 56 )
- ” On the one hand & on the other….” (Pg-57 )
- ” She won’t meet again ” ( It should have been they won’t meet again ) ( Pg-64 )
- ” Any why should I not? ” (Pg-38 )
These are few & there were some more …..
Soul Seeker is a mature love story with enough twist in tale to keep you going . The end is bit dramatic & predictable with social message thrown in . The author is known for her socially relevant writing .Hence it is quite understandable.The character always look real & build an instant connect with the readers . Neither the characters nor the events are over the top.Soul Seeker is a feel- good read . It doesn’t make any tall claims nor strive to achieve one . If you like sensible mature love stories this one is a surely a good pick . Enjoy reading !
Rating – 3.5/5
( Views expressed here are my own . The Review was commissioned by the author )