By Rashmi Singh
In this world, where nothing works, faith and hope keeps us moving. This forms the crux of Rashmi Sing’s debut novel- Love’s Journey.
An endearing journey of a girl seeking love, Love’s Journey shows the struggle that Jennifer Sebastian undergoes to attain the love and affection she truly deserves.
Jennifer Sebastian loses her family to a communal riot at a tender age of fifteen. Facing hardships and orphanages to end up in Mumbai was not the kind of life she had expected or deserved. But once in Mumbai, working as an “extra” in Bollywood, Jenni lives in poverty, with her infant son, making all compromises in life that she could to give him a decent living.
The author seamlessly knits the emotions and hardships faced by Jenni who is trying to make a place for herself in a city of big bad wolves.
Jenni is mothering an illegitimate child, stuck in a web of lust, fear, poverty, corruption, greed and the endless upheavals one could imagine. Life’s miseries do come to an end but not easily. Crushing some dreams, braving some realities, facing the evil, only to provide a decent life to her child, Jenni decides to walk the path of compromises (with her body) and what happens thereafter is what makes the story a readable one.
The tale projects the true colors of life. And each color with its varied hues. Faith, distrust, anger, love, lust, sex, emotions and so many emotions blend seamlessly to spin a yarn of a capturing tale that engrosses you till the very end.
Living in the slums, bearing lewd remarks and lusty advances, living a dark depressing life, Jenni eventually gets her place in the sun, professionally as well as in her personal life.
Readers would at a point connect with the characters, esp. Jenni. Her innocence, her naivety, her strengths, her fears…her love, all make her one of the most loveable of all characters.
People in and around her life portray real (dark) streaks- Jay Kumar, Shambhu Vasan, Shantanu Arora, Deepak, etc. Kudos to the author for bringing out such finer traits.
Just a few hiccups:
The writing has a certain flow but at places, I feel, I could’ve been edited or written more crisply.
Stressing on certain details (one too many times) doesn’t make it any more important.
Bits and parts of the tale seemed very predictable.
But overall, it was an entertaining and enjoyable read.