21 April, 2014

#BookReview :: A Cupful of Aha by Anandaa

"...Hello," I said, “Can’t say I've seen you around here before.” She smiled again…and my heart melted. “No, you haven’t,” she giggled. “For I have come especially to meet you today. I am Death, and it is time.”What happens when Death comes for you...and you start arguing over coffee ?... a quirky tale that offers a whole new perspective into one of life's deepest mysteries… 

No. You did not read the blurb wrong. 

This book is indeed about Death, in form of a beautiful and sexy girl, meeting a boy at a coffee shop. They strike up a conversation that not only brings certain realizations for the boy involved but also leaves an impression on us the readers. Throughout our lives we struggle to meet the expectations of our parents, the relatives and the society, but to what end. We slog hard to achieve the best at academics so that we can get a good job, a successful career and earn a lot of money. Again, to what end? Especially, the modern generation always seems to be running after something with no time to stop, take a breath and just enjoy the moment. Yet, when death comes, what use is all that money or the high designation?

I absolutely love the fact a lot of IWE writers are now experimenting and moving away from the masala genre that seems to sell so well. Anandaa has taken it to a completely different level. She has taken the well-known “Yama”, the fat bellied, fat mustached man riding a bull, and morphed him into a beautiful her :) Instead of appearing as a bad omen, she comes as a welcome sight. But hey, just because death is being beautiful girl, don’t even think for a minute that this book is something that you can take lightly. The message passed through the book is something that every one of us needs to stop and give a consideration.

Well written and full of dialogues, this book invites the reader to delve into its pages for an hour of some intellectual stuff delivered in a manner that will seem less of a lecture and more of a ‘think about it’  sort of story. It is a fast read that will not take up even an hour of your time. The presentation and appearance of the book is also an added advantage. Its small, light, sweet and inviting.

Kudos to the author for the step taken to present us with something that is different, interesting, intellectual and fun at the same time!

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