- Author: Rishabh Jhol
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2858 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079291M5Q
Dreams are the map of your emotional world, exposing in each dream the landscape of your heart.
Zehen had everything that he ever wanted – good career, a large group of friends, supportive parents, and a loving wife to be. He was experiencing his first snow 11,475 km away from everyone he held dear when Kavya called to end their eight-year-long relationship. His identity was crushed. This story captures his transformational journey of eating bitterness, finding himself, and becoming a social entrepreneur, a traveler, and a writer in the process.
An asthmatic child whose breath squeezes frequently has vivid dreams in his tiny eyes. His breathing chokes but the flight of his aspirations never seem to relent and withdraw.
Rishabh Jhol has exhibited his literary finesse with Want What You Have. The book embarks on its protagonist Zehen’s journey and takes us through the nook and corners and alleys of his uncertain life. It starts off with the description of the love between The Old Man and The Mermaid who meet at The Island. The emotion and its subtlety have been described beautifully. Then Zehen is brought into the picture and we get the subject of our reflection. Zehen is deeply in love with Kavya and makes every possible effort to woo and satisfy her. Their chemistry has been brought alive with a wonderful painting carved by the author on the canvas of this book. The book contains Zehen’s grief of losing his younger sister. It also tells about Kavya’s strained relationship with his father.
Zehen is my favorite character whose ambitious attitude inspires me. He is completely into his passion and looks forward to achieving his dreams. He believes in putting efforts while pursuing his goals. Not just this, he totally justifies his love relationship with Kavya. Despite his commitments and engagements, he makes visible efforts to keep Kavya happy who miserably fails to notice them. And perhaps this is why they break up. Zehen sacrifices his choices for her only to earn a sudden dismantling of his relationship. It is heart-wrenching to imagine his state of mind. While despair shrouds him, he sets off on a path to relieve and forget the past. In this process, he realizes that he wants what he has now. He is able to recognize himself and achieve clarity of purpose. His passion for traveling and wandering blesses him with the new perspective and slowly he moves towards reshaping his existence.
Love can crack open insecurities and vulnerabilities and allow transcendence. The story teaches us that love comes in many forms and that it has got healing power. It allows the transformation. It opens the gates to embrace the change.
“River laps on its shore but flows surely. She does not carry the blame to the shore.” Love is compared to this river to show that it is continuous. It doesn’t stop, it is not caged, it cannot be kept under control. It is not limited but a vast ocean that nourishes all the tributaries converging in it. You have to be the one to go with its flow. Zehen says that Kavya will not be the end of the road. This is where he resolves that there is no destination of love. It goes on!
I would praise the writing style of the author which is fine as well as engaging. As soon as you are acquainted with Zehen, you tend to move with him – to his reveries, to the different lands he visits, to the emotional turmoil he undergoes and to the benign transformation that creeps in. The flow of thoughts binds the reader into reading the book in a single go. I am a big time travel freak and could totally relate to Zehen’s love for the same. Moreover, his courage to face the challenges of his life tickles our hearts and fill us with energy. There is love, there is a pain, there is anger, there is the surge of emotions that at no point you would feel that the novel is bereft of anything that could have enriched it more.
The narration is strong and the illustration of a few places like Rio Carnival, Israel and description of Samba is riveting. The book enlightens us as it is not just about the love we harbor for others but also the love we need to nurture our being. It is a journey that would make you love yourself and tap into your full potential for growth and happiness. Value what you have and this gift you with ecstasy.
I would recommend this book to each and every reader out there to experience the meaning of love in and cognition!
Book Cover: 3/5
Book Title: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Language and Vocabulary: 4/5
Grammar and Punctuation: 4.5/5
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