THE BLUE MOON DAY: BOOK REVIEW
- Author: Santhosh Sivaraj
- Release: June 4th, 2018
- Pages: 243
- Genre: Fiction, Self help
- Publisher: Invincible Publisher
- Language: English
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Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who got struck at cross roads and there was no way they can run back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fear and leave the rest to destiny. Their characters was tested out of their comfort zone and it witnessed abstruse results; a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza making contest and a tennis prodigy running for his life in a war torn, bloodied Island. Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary . Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves. The Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon day story which questions an individual’s priorities, ridicules the worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.
First and foremost, this year have been pleasantly surprising for me as a reader as this is the second book of the year which is a self help book and I have given five stars (Check out Book Review of Finding your G-Spot in life for the first one). You can also SUBSCRIBE (Find subscribe button at end of this post!) to this website to get updates about books and my recommendations.
I personally have never been a big fan of self help book, mainly because now I realise I have only read hyped up self help books. They never really work for me as they tend to talk about lot of stuff that is unrealistic like believing in your destiny and let universe make it happen. However, books that talk about real issues, addressing them head on and not waiting for miracles to happen is my jam. One of the main reason I loved reading this book is that it understands the diversity of problems that everyone have to face and does not offer a single solution to all the problems.
This fictional self help book is divided into five stories, each covering different individuals at different stages of life. Each come with different set of problems and are stuck in the rut of monotonous life. A common thread that runs in all these stories is a special individual who becomes a part of their life and help them recognise their strengths and weakness, supports them when they are most vulnerable and most of all, teaches them lessons which changes their life for good.
Now I can go on and on about all the characters in depth since I actually ended up writing a full fledged book discussion while I was preparing notes for book review. That is how much I thoroughly enjoyed discussing these characters! For now I will keep it short and concise but if you would like me to share detailed book discussion on this book, please leave it in the comments below!
First one that you will be introduced to is Abi. He is a young engineer who on the papers seems to be highly qualified with degrees of Mechanical Engineering, MBA and Ph.D under his belt. Seems like such an individual should not have any trouble finding a decent job for himself but the hiring managers disagree. He feels dejected and hopeless and slowly his life descends to a mess.
Next one is Deepak who falls in love with Priya. She reciprocates his love and they get married. After getting married, Priya starts to face domestic issues with Deepak’s family. Deepak gets caught between the love of his life and his family. Slowly the issues accelerate to the point that their marriage seems to fall apart and Priya moves out. Deepak tries to engulf his helplessness in alcohol and develops an alcoholic problem.
Vivi is a young man who is a workaholic and does anything and everything to please his boss. He prioritizes his work over everything else and would go to any lengths to keep his boss happy, even ignoring his family at times. He goes on a family vacation and unfortunately gets lost. He is captured by tribals and held as hostage.
Sankaran is a senior citizen who have an estranged relationship with his son. His wife died a few years ago, hence he lives a lonely depressing life. To fight this loneliness, he moves to an old age home but life here proved to be even more difficult and he felt himself inching towards depression and suicidal thoughts.
Prabha is a young boy who hails from a very poor household. He is exceptional tennis player and had a bright future playing international tennis. Unfortunately, he discovers that he is suffering from a serious health problem which can potentially endanger his life. His search for cure takes him to a war torn country where he witnesses mass destruction and death which completely changes his perspective on life.
The characters in the stories are very relatable. Inclusion of various ages and diverse issues addressed makes it a very interesting to read. The language used is very easy and fluent. The author expresses himself well with good articulation skills. I came across no grammatical errors. The narration is descriptive but not poetic. Author describes the locations, surroundings and emotions enough to set the scene in reader’s minds. There is no over saturation of descriptions to distract from the storyline.
Most of the storylines are realistic and believable other then Vivi and Prabha. The plot point which includes tribals didn’t really set well with me and was unexpected. I also found it little strange that Prabha, who was a very young boy and had a huge potential to represent the country in sports had no other option to find a cure other then enter a war torn country. I believe he could have been referred to a better treatment in any of the peaceful countries around the world.
Overall, it is a great fictional self help book which tries to cater to wide range of issues across many age groups. I am pleasantly surprised with the depth and quality of writing. The author is able to address diverse range of issues within one book without overwhelming the reader. The letters included at the end of each story are full of insight and encouragement. This is the kind of book that would be enjoyed by all the readers as everyone will find something to relate to in one of the stories. (Do you want to know which story most related to? Let me know and I might write a Blog Diary about it).
I wish there was a story with a female point of view. Since all the stories were from male point of view, I hope author come up with another book which deals with issues that women go through. (Mr.Santhosh Sivaraj please take hint!). I look forward to reading more stuff from this author as I believe he has great potential to offer in terms of motivational and self help writing.
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