Book Reviews

Rewind And Play – Book Review

  • Author: Tarun Gautam
  • Reading level: 12+ years
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: TreeShade Books (16 February 2019)
  • Language: English

BLURB as on Goodreads

Raghav Diwan is living the American dream. A successful career, a comfortable and happy married life. One day, he receives an invitation to an evening gets together with his college batch mates. He has not kept in touch with any of them and has no desires to meet them. But the past seems to be calling him. The past wants to reveal something to him. Will he open the door to let his past in. Will, he let it change his future. Will the press, rewind, and play.

My Review

‘All decisions in life are made either from the head or the heart. Knowing when to use what is a journey called life.’

Raghav is chuck out of his company after a mishap. His life suddenly comes to a standstill with him being unemployed and frustration gnawing him. Meanwhile, his old college friends invite him for a reunion. Reluctantly, he meets them on the due date to go down the memory lane and relive the bygone times. How would this meeting turn his life?

In life, we come across points where we get stuck unbelievably in this fast-paced surrounding. Those are the times when are forced to stop and look back when we are compelled to reflect on our past when we ought to rewind and play to connect with ourselves. Life has got to be moving but in the rush, we lose ourselves and rewinding helps in relearning.

Rewind And Play is a lucidly written short book of recollecting the fun-filled days of college. The introduction of characters has been good at the right places. With this, each character comes on to the stage and the story plays. The book takes you back to the time when amidst the pressure of exams, ragging, friends, life goals, we live our lives. All the notorious activities we might indulge in, our heroic deeds, acts of chivalry on the name of impressing girls, everything comes tumbling down making us laugh at our own selves. The central theme of the book stays rooted that a few lessons of our past must be brought back to us to keep us moving in the difficult times. This comes out as Raghav revives himself after a jovial reunion.

The book is simple in its content and approach towards its readers. In fact, I found the narration dull in certain instances. Though it is fast and crisp, I could not enjoy it. The plain flow of the story does aid in living our memories but honestly, the plot being simple and ordinary didn’t intrigue me. The book may entertain you but would not stay with you. Nonetheless, one could give it a try!



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