- Author: Avishek Gupta
- Paperback: 199 pages
- Publisher: LOCKSLEY HALL PUBLISHING LLP (2019)
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In 1946, Prafulla Sen, a lawyer of Dhaka High Court, meets Asmani Bibi, a magical woman, who bestows a special power upon him. It changes Prafulla’s life forever and he is smitten by this intriguing lady. Soon, however, the partition of India compels him to shift to Kolkata. He never saw Asmani again. In 2016, the USA, Rohit meets Celeste, a stranger who seems to know all about him. Intrigued, Rohit delves deeper, and the striking revelation blows his mind. Soon, they are in love; but work commitments compel Rohit to return to India. He starts getting visions of his past life and maintains a long-distance relationship with Celeste until she goes missing one day.
Will Rohit be able to find her back? Why is he getting those visions? How is their story intertwined with Prafulla and Asmani? To know all this and much more, read this magical tale of estranged soulmates.
When I first looked at the cover of this book, I had the impression that it would be something about two lovers and the cliche romance but oh boy! the plot completely won me by surprise and I cannot emphasize the author’s adeptness at weaving an intriguing tale enough.
Visions of a Summer Past by Avishek Gupta is a story that vacillates between the pre-independence times and modern India taking into account different characters and their narratives. The book also takes you places – from Dhaka, Kolkata to Somersville and San Francisco, etc. Such was the variety offered by this book that it leaves you flipping through the pages without ever getting a dull moment. The central theme of the book i.e. getting visions comes up beautifully in the narrative. In fact, it is well connected with the title of the book. Right from the beginning, the book excites you with its detailed storytelling and moderate pace.
The book has five generations of a family discussed that displays different themes namely, family values, ethics, culture, love, patriotism, ambition, and others. I loved how the author connected the past with the present and went on to give us vivid details of the sequence of events. The well fleshed out characters and their roles appear significantly in the book. Each of them got ample room to show themselves up. The concept of soulmates has been described amazingly. The smooth narration coupled with excellent research keeps the story well-paced, intriguing, and expansive. The author explored the culture of India and brings small details into the picture. The story elaborates on the bravery of our citizens in the times of Independence and also touches upon present-day office politics cleverly. Thus, the author intertwined different timelines and themes to craft a truly mesmerizing tale that wouldn’t disappoint a reader.
The writing is crisp and simple and thus any newbie reader would love reading this book. For the rest, you may pick it up if oscillating plots interest you.
MY RATING: 4/ 5
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