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Book Review of “Just Friends” by Sumrit Shahi

Just Friends

By Sumrit Shahi

Picking this up wasn’t a bad deal at all. Sumrit has shown good potential with his debut novel JUST FRIENDS – a story that revolves around the friendship between a girl and a boy. The age old question of whether a girl and a guy can be friends seems to be answered almost perfectly by this teenager.

The story is about the two youngsters Aaryan and Tanie and their growing up years in school and hostel. Very relatable instances of the regular bunking, group studying, hostel tantrums, indulging in sports, examination fevers, friendships, crushes and first love add flavor and fragrance to his writing. School life is an important part of a person’s life. Those are the days of carelessness and alertness all the same. It somewhat leads you to your path ahead in life. For some, those are the most wonderful days of growing up…while for some a difficult road with hardships and bruises. Filled with humorous incidents and decently intellectual conversations, the book overall is a breezy and a refreshing read.

What prompted me more to pick up the book was its blurb/synopsis on the back page. “He knows everything about her, right from her favourite books to her favorite bra. She knows everything about him, right from his favourite soccer club to his favourite x rated websites. He will complete her English homework, even at three in the night. She will arrange an Armani suit for him, even if it calls for flirting with ugly guys. He has her picture in his wallet. She has his number on speedial. They talk to each other all the time. They talk about each other when they don’t talk to each other. They discuss everything from periods to playstation. They have tasted alcohol and then thrown up…together. They have bunked countless tuitions… together. They cant live without each other. YET They don’t love each other. They are JUST FRIENDS.”

Also, for me, most importantly, the correct usage of the language made it an enjoyable experience. I’m happy Sumrit did not disappoint me. There is humor, wit, emotions, and an element of connectivity.

Good work. Worth reading.

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Book Review of “Potato Chips” by Anshuman Mohan

Potato Chips

by Anshuman Mohan

This one is a crisp and flavored (autobiographical) campus tale by a teenager.

The story is about a school going kid Aman Malhotra who shifts from a small school in Calcutta to St. Xavier’s School. His life changes. And not for the good initially.

The book reads like his journal with pranks, punishments, new friends, new teachers, new school atmosphere and everyday struggles to “fit in” and to balance the new peer pressure.

The childish cheerfulness reflects as the escapades of Aman, Rohan, Ankit and Sameer are described.

And it makes for an enduring read. And of course the story of Shubhoo and his dream of being a tennis star, and the sister with a bad boyfriend and a school buddy with difficult parents make up for a good read.

At quite a few levels you might connect with the story and venture into a flashback of your schooling days. But quite a few instances kind of bring in a reality check – the peer pressure kids face in school, the high tastes, the use of expensive technological gadgets, the social divide amongst the kids –is all a face of reality.

Oh, cut the boy some slack for the grammatical errors and clichéd bits. And the self-centeredness. And the overtly enthusiastic backing from parents. And him being the “hero” of the book.

Overall, ‘Potato Chips’ is a fun read. The title itself is catchy. And yes it is quite entertaining and takes you back to your teenage days. And yes, a good attempt by a young author.

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