Review Pen: If It’s Not Love by Syed Arshad


Book– If Its Not Love
Author– Syed Arshad
Previous Works– Debutant Novel
Author Contact–
Publishers– Blue Rose Publishers
Number Of Pages-161

Was there a person in your life, who touched your heart, like nobody else ever did, whose letters of gifts are still safe in your secret closet, whose memories still bring the deepest of smiles and whose name still leaves your lips trembling and heart racing?

At some point in time you might have thought, “It’s not love”, and you let go, but a part of you keeps telling you shouldn’t have, because deep down your heart, you feel the indelible presence if the one you still miss so badly.

Well; what is it then… “If it’s not love”.

Ever met someone who had given a new meaning to your life ? Most of us have. They might be with you forever or have left you at some point , but their names are craved in gold in your heart. Everytime you hear their name or think about  them, a smile creeps onto your lips or a tear escapes your lids. Well, that’s the idea of this story.
The story is about Aarav Khanna , a Fashion Designer from NIFT who works at a call centre because of certain circumstances. He has a girlfriend , a good friend at work , a contend life , a handsome face and a job, enough for a guy to be happy with.  And then he meets Ada Maciel, a Mechanical engineering student , a preplanned online friendship from the Metrogirl’s (Ada) side brings them close and soon enough they become friends.
The story goes on with their nurturing friendship and then caring for each other. Aarav’s confusion about his feelings, the ups and downs in his office friend’s life, Ada’s presence, Aarav’s own life and last but not the least , his girlfriend are the things that make up the entire book. The book ends after a time leap of 25 years, its almost like the narrator describing Aarav’s story from the past.
The story ends on a beautiful note and it probably must be one of the most beautiful endings.
It also teaches us an important lesson, “When something you dreadfully need is within your reach , then grab it as soon as you can because You never know when you will be late to do so.”
The story is different than the usual ones and the time Aarav and Ada spend together is worth the read.
I loved the way they married (fake of course) with each other and they could confide in each other regarding their day to activities.
If a reader is really into the story while reading, he/she may feel that Aarav is an idiot for letting Ada go but not in our hands, its the author’s work and judging by the end, good work indeed.

Rating – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The SMS language used in the book to state the chats between Ada and Aarav might be inconvenient for many a lot people who are admirers of the English language itself.

Minor but errors in editing.
Mention of some facts in normal conversation which the reader cannot relate to because of lack of total information.
The author leaves the readers curious and hanging when he doesn’t state anything about Aarav’s life after 25 years.

Reviewed By– Banaja Prakashini

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