Author– Capri Jalota
Previous Works– Debut Novel
Publishers– Inkstate Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd)
Number Of Pages- 395
One fine morning, Jane wakes up and stands upon the ledge of her 18th floor flat in Dubai Marina. Till a few years back, she was everything that would make anyone jealous – beautiful, rich and successful. But then the wheels of time turned. Today, she is miserable and lonely. Would she get over a deception? Can she forgive herself for deserting a friend? Would she ever find true love? Will karma get the better of her or will life give her another chance to correct the wrongs?
Then the Doorbell Rang is about Jane’s roller-coaster journey as she explores the mystical phenomenon called Life.
What would you do if you lose the love of your life?
Lose the reason to live, maybe move on and find another, but what would you do if you realise that maybe it was all a lie?
Jane lost her mother when she turned 18, who left her to explore the life she felt she hadn’t lived yet. She had just come with terms of having a happy married life when she lost her husband to an accident. She found something from his closet that made her think that Uday was probably never in love with her.
From having everything to being left alone to gather her broken pieces together, Jane found her life. She learnt things that she could have never learned in her posh apartment in Dubai. She faced threats that would have never reached her at her high end job in Dubai. She met people who lit up her life. She lost more who left a gap. She was close to death, she proved herself strong.
Her life was a series of misfortunate incidents, she held herself through it. This is was Then The Door Bell Rang is all about.
The book consists of 395 pages which is quite a good number to intimidate someone. But the start had the magic, the author Capri Jalota has made sure the first 100 pages (approx) to be so captivating that the reader is anxious to read the rest.
A book, simply based on one’s life itself is something that the reader can treat themselves with as a break from thrillers, romance and everything else.
Life is all about the thorns in the roses and the book is a better said example.
The book is filled with simplicity, from the start till the end. The author uses easy language which is easy to read by everyone. Though Jane’s life is something that might pass as some serious fault in the stars, the author has written it efficiently enough to not make the reader that it was too obvious.
The book sports a simple cover that adds to it’s simplicity. The title is perfect for the plot as it metaphorically associates itself to Jane’s life. The blurb is wisely written as it gives a clear insight of the content, the blurb is the key reason why I picked the book and I am glad I did.
The book gives off serene vibes, the one that has the ability to calm down your soul.
Cover- 4 stars
Title- 4 stars
Blurb- 4 stars
Plot- 3.5 stars
Writing and Presentation- 3 stars
Overall- 3.7 out of 5 stars
The book becomes a bit of a drag mid way, though it catches the regular pace later, a reader might lose interest.
The language is simple but some improvement in writing skills and ornamentation would add to the essence of the book.
Books that talk about life are special because they require a lot of effort to be written. In addition to that, it’s a tough work to reach out to a reader. I am glad that Capri Jalota has done it in his first book, he surely heightened the expectations from his future novels(if any).
Reviewed By- Banaja Prakashini
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90 centimetres below the ground,
Is all that I long for now,
To be born again,
And restart our story one more time
About Capri Jalota-
‘Passion is elixir for the soul’ – this is Capri Jalota’s mantra for a happy and fulfilling life. He lives this everyday, in everything he does. He developed a passion for writing and plunged fearlessly into it. This book bears the hallmark of his commitment to his passion.
Human behaviours have always intrigued him. He believes that we are a product of both our circumstances and our choices. Whilst circumstances are often outside our control, how we react to them is very much a conscious and voluntary action. And that ultimately shapes not just us but also our relationships. Our choices and decisions define the role we play in the lives of everyone around us. Sometimes, small gestures can make a big difference. It is this thought which he has tried to encapsulate and portray in his first novel.
Capri Jalota is from Chandigarh and has studied Management at IIM Ahmedabad. He has worked for over 13 years in reputed organizations like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Strategic Management Group, Fortis Healthcare and KIMS, across India and the Middle East, before he decided to pen his first novel.
Capri Jalota is also an avid numismatist with a collection of over 1000 coins from 100+ countries.