20 November, 2013

#BookReview :: Cherished by Lakshmi Menon

Grishma, accompanied by her father and four month old baby, boards the train to Delhi to join her husband Praveen. She decides to give him an unexpected visit. Little does she know that her journey will end in havoc to her life. 19 years later, Grishma's daughter Jyothi, longing for her father's love and support, determines to search for him, despite her mother's strong protests. Will Praveen accept her as his daughter?

This is the story of Jyothi's pursuit of parental love, which she considers as her legitimate right.

When Grishma, with her four month old daughter Jyothi, arrives back at her home at Delhi to surprise her husband Praveen, she is the one who is left shocked and surprise. Grishma then goes on to raise her daughter alone after what she deemed as her husband’s betrayal. But a nineteen year old Jyothi wants to know her dad and while moving into a new college she takes the initiative to contact her father. This starts a whole new journey for all three parties involved – Grishma, Jyothi and Praveen.

‘Cherished’ is essentially an emotional story about different relationships and their dynamics. What Grishma deemed as betrayal was merely a misunderstanding and her lack of interest in communication with Praveen, gave Jyothi a completely different life from what could have been. Jyothi on the other hand picks up that line of communication with her father to begin a new chapter in her life. While as a third party watching this story unfold, I had an advantage of seeing the whole picture. But the people involved in the story are very much like us – often blaming others and unable to see the whole picture.  The fact is that though we all know that communicating with people and trust make the base of any relationship, we often forget to implement it in our lives and that is what happens in this story too. I loved the way the author built up and portrayed her characters. It is like you can see each character through the other’s eyes and then you see the whole picture. The pace is set perfectly in order to spread over the characters building, emotions and situations equally. The plot sounds simple enough but deals a heavy hand of a myriad of emotions.

Overall, it is a fast read that will take only a couple of hours and good for a lazy afternoon!

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