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Book Review: A Forgotten Affair by Kanchana Banerjee

Synopsis

Sagarika Mehta walks out of her nine-year-old marriage, meets with a near-fatal accident and goes into a deep coma all on the same day. After six months, she wakes up with no memory of her past. When she is discharged from hospital a year later, Rishab, her husband, whisks her away to an unfamiliar address in Gurgaon to convalesce.

There, in that plush apartment, with people waiting on her hand and foot, Sagarika can’t shake off the feeling that something is wrong.

Why does the scent of a particular cologne unsettle her? Why does the innocuous word ‘cheeni’ bother her? And why is Rishab so evasive in response to her queries about her past?

‘A Forgotten Affair’ is a gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds.

Review

I received a copy of this book from Writersmelon in exchange of my honest take on the book.

This book is just 186 pages and I completed it in two sittings. The theme of the book wasn’t something very unique but I really like the way the author presented the book in front of all the readers. Also, since this book is Kanchana Banerjee’s first novel, I really appreciate her efforts and wish her lots of luck for her upcoming endeavors.

Cover: I really like the simple and minimalist cover of the book. It sends out some comfortable vibes off the book.

Storyline: The story revolves around Sagarika Mehta, the protagonist, who is one of the survivors of the 2006 Mumbai blasts. Unfortunately, she lost her memory in the attack. But the story isn’t as simple as it looks. That particular moment before the blast was the one moment that was going to change the course of her life. But because of her memory loss, she can’t remember any of it. Will she remember the past? What exactly was so crucial about the past? Read the book to know more! 🙂

There is something very unique about the introduction. It starts off by comparing the lives of two completely different men at the same time. And that is something that will draw all of your attention towards the book. Since the book wasn’t very long, I did not feel that the story was being dragged at any point of time. The transitions between the past story as well as the present were very smooth and the pace was fast. Another thing that I liked about the book was the story build up. The story was very realistic and something that everyone of the readers can relate to. None of it seemed to be too unreal.

In all, I think that the creativity and the great storytelling ability of the author made a really simple plot engrossing. Also, had it been just another romance novel, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it much. But it definitely was more than a love story and worth giving a try.

Characters: The characters, I would say, were the best part of this book. Every character had its role to play, but none of them was given more attention to than was actually required. Let’s now meet a few of them:

  • Sagarika Mehta, a woman who survived a terrible blast but who has no memory of the past. Despite of all the unfamiliarity and opposing situations, she turns out to be one strong woman who doesn’t give up.
  • Rishab, a successful man who has risen up from the ruins and has everything a man can think of owing except peace of mind. His inner life is devastated and so is he from inside.
  • Akash, a freelance writer who realizes the importance of his beloved much later in life.
  • Roohi, a friend one can only dream of having.

All of their lives are twisted in their own unique way. And only all of them can help sort each other’s lives.

Rating: I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

But the past was just forgotten, not erased. It lay buried deep inside her, waiting to rise to the fore.

Thinking of giving this book a try?

Buy from Flipkart: FORGOTTEN AFFAIR

Buy from Amazon: A Forgotten Affair

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