Blaze A Son’s Trial by Fire: A True Story by Nidhi Poddar and Sushil Poddar
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Price: Rs. 395 INR(paperback), Rs. 265 INR(Kindle edition)
Buy here: https://amzn.to/3E6WI6m
My take on the book:
Blaze is the memoir of Divyansh penned by his mother Nidhi Poddar along with his father Sushil, as an ode to Divyansh’s indomitable spirit. Divyansh was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 12 and the book traces his journey and that of his parents, as they collectively fight his health condition. For the next ten years, they travelled countries for his treatment, but what stands out through the journey is the literature that Divyansh created from a very young age.
‘Blaze’ is one of his many creations which was widely applauded, that has been used as the title. Divyansh’s writings are included at the end of the book, though a lot of them appear in the middle when there is a reference to them; the book hence immortalizes his work along with his life. The author Nidhi begins the narrative from the time Divyansh has been conceived, his early childhood and school days, and later once the dreaded condition has been revealed and how Divyansh handled his studies while undergoing painful treatment.
Nidhi touches on both ends of spectrum — people who moved away from their family and those who stood rock solid as support in those testing times. The treatment details are also explained in simple terminology making it easy for a novice to understand. Nidhi includes even the minute details of Divyansh’s life, and the reader will relate to them, especially how mothers can be fussy, protective, and sentimental about their kids. The story will make anyone emotional but is unputdownable as there is high intrigue to keep reading.
It is the unexpected situations coupled with being a bright boy from the beginning, where Divyansh’s maturity reflects in his writings. There is so much to be learnt from his life, on how to deal with life head-on when every day throws a new challenge. This book is a must read for everyone to re-live this heart-touching and brave journey of Divyansh.
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I will definitely try to read this book.
This seems to be a good read. Adding to the #TBR list. #MyepicaReads
This feels like it is going to be a difficult but good read. I’ll look it up.
Oh my God, reading the review itself, made my heart go out for the parents but I would like to read this book and know more about Divyansh.
I know it’ll be a great book to read but i’ve to gather the courage to start such a heart-touching story.
This seems to be a tough read for me who us very emotionally sensitive. Liked your review though.
This book sounds really good from your review. But right now I am grieving for my son and not in the right frame of mind to read tragedy even if it’s from a fighting spirit.
The review of the book is so intriguing. Would like to give it a read in near future.
I have this on my TBR. Will surely pick it up soon!
5/5? Hmm, must check this one out.
Oh! such a heartbreaking story, how did you manage to get through it??
But I must say your review is well-penned!!
I think we need more stories like this, it can act as cathartic for parents as well as provide support for those struggling
This seems too emotional for me, I am emotionally weak and reading stories that involve the loss of a family member makes me really sad. I may not be able to read it but I will surely check out more about Divyansh’s story. And, I will recommend this book to my friends. Thanks for sharing.
What a unique concept of adding the son’s writings in-between the narration of his fight.
it reminded me on another memoir written in Marathi called “Why Not I?” by written by Vrunda Bhargave. It was about a girl who lost her eyes because of wrong treatment she received.
Journalling the journey must be an emotional ride for the parents and the hope in the book is what I look for.
A mother is the best person to narrate her child’s untouched incidents along with what the world knows. Your review intrigues me to read this book at the earliest.
Looks like a very soul touching story. I even cant imagine how Divyansh and the his family faced the situation. Hope his story and writing reaches to the peak.
Thank you for your honest review. Going to add this to my TBR.
This is a heart touching story.Will be looking out for this on my next book buying spree.
Such a touching story…how is the boy now?
Wow, this is so emotional. As a parent, I can totally understand the emotions and the terror that goes through our minds when our kids are concerned. Will surely try and read this.
I can’t read stories about diseases and suffering. It’s too painful, one of the many reasons I couldn’t read the faults in our star. I’m sure people who can read such books, will get one after your well written review 🙂
This sounds like a heart-touching book. Thanks, for the review.
This seems to be a really nice book. Simple language, real emotions always fascinates me. Will surely give it a try.
That’s inspiring, I would definately like to know more. I hope to find this book on kindle
This book will be inspiring and will surely like to read this.
Definitely checking this out now
Another 5/5 by you. Gotta check this one out