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A Story Between the Lines — by Santhosh Sivaraj

Publisher: Invincible Publisher

Pages: 170

Price: Rs. 299 INR(Paperback), Rs. 99 INR(Kindle Edition)

ISBN: 978–9388333726

Buy here: https://amzn.to/2XOWBHG

Adi, a soft rebel with a strong mind, challenged the world with his smile. Nila, an innocent girl with a beautiful heart, loved the world with all she had. Love sparkled at the mountains, when Adi’s adrenaline lost to Nila’s serenity.

Life struck them hard even before it started. Adi woke up in a hospital, all alone, remembering nothing from his recent past.With memories betraying him, he trusts his love to lead him to Nila.

Running against time, he felt truth closing in from all directions. The more the answers he got, the further his destination became. Adi dared the distance which was a war-torn land, engraved with scars.

Can Adi’s journey lead to his destination? Or was the journey a destination by itself?

About the author:

Santhosh Sivaraj prefers seeing with the mind, writing with the heart, and living through others. This way, he believes, he gets to live more of life, per life. He has worn many hats in life; that of a Sailor, a Banker, an Entrepreneur, and even a Teacher. But his belief in considering life’s journey to be a destination in itself pushes him to seek further avenues in life. Absurd economics interests him and he loves doing stand-up comedy to his loved ones. He laughs at his own mistakes and loves life unconditionally.

My take on the book:

As the book opens, Adi is driving a truck in the middle of nowhere, thinking he heard a sound similar to his love and wife Nila, but does not seem to place the source of it. He is separated from his wife whom he is looking out for, but there is a part of his memory that is also unfortunately lost. As he tries to recollect the past happenings, he remembers how he met Nila in the far away mountains during one of his visits.

From mountains to villages, Adi finally lands up in the war zone of Syria. Will Adi be able to find the truth behind Nila’s disapperance and will his love for his wife become hindrance in life or will it be the beginning of an inward journey forms the rest of the story.

At the starting, the book throws a little mystery about Adi feeling lost with his lost memory and wife missing. The story slowly takes back the reader to the past happenings in the protagonist’s life and their love story. The high points remain the sequences in Syria and as depicted by the book cover, how the story transitions from a world filled with natural wonders to man-made destruction.

The language is simple and narration though slow at places is engaging. The story which starts as a routine love story takes some unexpected twists and there is literally more than meets the eye that is hidden between the lines. There is an honest portrayal of emotions by the author through the characters and the message of how the journey is always important than the destination. Pick this book to read a different story and a subtle message.

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset” https://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in

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