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Together Forever to Never — Satish Goyal

Publisher: Paper Towns Publishers

Pages: 176

Price: Rs. 249 INR(Paperback)

ISBN: 978–9387131033

Buy here: https://amzn.to/2XIiDze

No one can love like you… if I lose you, I will be left with nothing’ So says Sariyanka, a girl from a small town, madly in love with Samar. Having lost true love once before, Samar too believes that Sariyanka is his other half whom Zeus, the Greek God had separated from him. In a chance conversation with his friend Mayank, Samar discovers some shocking truths. As the story unravels, a series of events follow that forever change the meaning of love for Samar. Is Sariyanka the one Samar calls his ‘other half’? Will Samar get the love that he always longed for? This highly anticipated novel by Satish Goyal is an emotional roller coaster that bravely explores the highs and lows of love. It’s a story of love — unshaken and unquestioned; yet unfulfilled and unrequited. A saga of deceit served on a platter of lies.

About the author:

Satish Goyal is a finance professional and works at a US multinational company. Since his days at the university, he had dreamed of writing on subjects close to his heart, but had put those dreams on hold to focus on his family and career. He finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with his first novel ‘Together Forever To Never”. Satish believes that success cannot be measured in terms of wealth or titles. The true measure of success is happiness that one is able to achieve in life.

Satish is now writing his second book, “The Coaster Series”.

My take on the book:

Samar and Monali are the perfect couple, professionally successful and content with the joys of life that both shared along with their son Aman. However, their fairy tale story ends abruptly when tragedy strikes the family, with Monali exiting their world, leaving behind Samar alone in deep sorrow. When Sariyanka enters Samar’s life exactly an year later, Samar slowly thinks that he found his other half in Sariyanka. Thus starts their roller coaster romance and the story is all about if Samar indeed found his other lost half.

The story and times of Samar and Monali are very interesting and lovely. The initial days between Samar and Sariyanka are also gripping and engaging. However, as the story progresses, especially in the second half, things keep going back and forth until the climax. The narration looses its interest and grip especially in the second half until pre-climax where the story is again back on track.

The suspense is given away at too many places so the final revelation is not as surprising as expected. Also, the protagonist looks naive; more characters in the second half would have helped the narrative instead of the story revolving just between Samar and Sariyanka. At less than 200 pages, this is a quick read and while it starts great, a better second half would have made the book an overall winner. Nevertheless the author attempted a love story with different shades, looking at the aspects of romance which are generally not explored much.

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