Book Review : Dream’s Sake

“What keeps your hopes intact?”, you ask. “Dreams” comes the answer. “You should always have one!”, we hear them say, “you should keep your dreams alive. “ And that’s what most of us do. We cling on to our dreams and never let go. They keeps us going, recharging our worn-out systems whenever the stark realities of the big, bad world begin to make their presence felt. But where does one draw the line? To what extent should one go to make one’s dream come true? What if one’s dreams clash with those of others? Come and witness a battle of dreams in Jyoti Arora’s debut novel, Dream’s Sake.

Dream’s Sake unfolds the story of four friends, Aashi, Abhi, Priyam and Sid each of whom steps into the adult life with a baggage from the past. Aashi, who has just moved into a humble locality in Delhi with her widowed mother, has still not recovered from the shock of her father’s sudden death.  However, the memories of the past are not potent enough to deter her  from building castles in the air. She thrives upon the hope that her dreams will one day metamorphose into a shimmering reality, one which will free her from the tyrannical barbs of her middle class life.  Her neighbours, Priyam and Abhi on the other hand have made their peace with their lowly existence. Orphaned in their teenage years this brother sister duo has succumbed to vagaries of life. Sid has grown up to believe that it was his father’s unfaithfulness and negligence that compelled his mother to end her life. He shuns his father’s wealth and finds solace in Abhi and Priyam’s companionship. Romance starts brewing in this little group of their’s which results in happiness for some and broken hearts for the others. In the end a few dreams are realized, a few are shattered and trampled upon leading to disastrous consequences.

This novel had a decent storyline. However, I’ll have to admit that it failed to “wow” me. The story lacks freshness and towards the end of the book I could vividly picturise scenes from a melodramatic Bollywood movie of the nineties being projected on a theatre screen. The story has its fair shares of twists and turns but it tends to become quite predictable in certain places. The characters are anything but eccentric and I could easily relate to them. The book has been written in simple English although I came across several sentences which were unnecessarily cramped with “fancy words”. Simpler words could have easily done the trick and perhaps even conveyed the author’s thoughts a lot more effectively. The aforementioned points notwithstanding the author should be lauded for churning out a reasonably good piece of fiction in her very first try.

In all I would say that this books makes for a light, quick and romantic read.

An extract from the book:

He can be as good as he wants to be and I’ll be as bad as I need to be! We’ll see where it all ends up,” says Aashi.

To know more about the author log onto www.jyotiarora.com

Rating: 2.5/5

Category: General Fiction.

Publisher: V&S Publishers

Pages: 266

Price: 195

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Thank you, Jyoti for sending me an autographed copy of the book. All the best for your future endeavours.

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19 responses to “Book Review : Dream’s Sake”

  1. Destination Infinity says :

    Oh, the quote is pretty intriguing 🙂 I have never read fiction of this type, and maybe I should read one of them and one of the Harry Potter series. Some how, I seem to have outgrown fiction. These days, I am (was) more into Non fiction.

    Destination Infinity

    • Chhavi says :

      Yeah…. The quote is quite interesting 😀
      It’s always fun to lay your hands on a good piece of fiction. It takes your mind away from other things for a while and Harry Potter transports to a different land altogether. I have never been a huge fan of the Harry Potter books they do keep you engrossed 🙂

  2. Bikram says :

    Hmmm seems to be a good book.. ALAS I dont get so much time to read …

    where you been long time …

    • Chhavi says :

      Oh yes… It’s a light and pleasant read.
      Too bad that you don’t get time to read. Try reading pages ten pages each night. That won’t consume a lot of time 🙂

      • Punam says :

        TEN pages Chhavi!!!!! Do u KNOW how much time 10 pages take??? he he he.. Mr Mann’s night begins at an exhausting 1.00 AM AFTER his two jobs end for the day,, and I am sure a pillow would tempt him more than a book. 😛

        • Jyoti Arora says :

          For quite some time, even I was finding it hard to find time for reading books. But my phone has come to my rescue. It’s always there with me and I can read on it anytime I want, Even when I have only ten minutes. I have already read four big novels on it, reading ten minutes at a time 🙂

          • Chhavi says :

            Jyoti… It was smart of you to opt for a smart phone. It obviates the need to carry a novel in one’s bag all the time. 🙂 I am still stuck with my Nokia 1100 😦

        • Chhavi says :

          Oh yes! Mr. Mann does have a very busy schedule. I really admire him for being so regular on his blog inspite of that 🙂

          • Bikram says :

            Thank you thank you for the ADMIRATION 🙂

            ab kya karen papi pet ke liye kya kya karna padta hai …

            but you will be surprised that I have finally ordered a few books and hopefully get them soon and then Read the 10 pages at a time 🙂

  3. Jyoti Arora says :

    Thanks for the review. I have noted down all the negatives that you mentioned. Would surely try to be better in my next book. Take care.

    • Chhavi says :

      You are most welcome, Jyoti. Thank you for sending me an autographed copy of the book. It was quite decent for a debut novel. I am absolutely sure that your upcoming books will delight the readers. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  4. Punam says :

    That was a good review, Chhavi… my current read is ‘Committed’ by Elizabeth Gilbert and ‘Power of subconscious mind’.. YES I am reading both side by side, do NOT ask me how.. maybe that is what is making me go bonkers.,.. who knowsss?? he he

    • Chhavi says :

      I know quite a few people who read two books at the same time. I have yet to master that art.

      Thanks for liking the review, Poonam. Let me know when you are finished reading these books. I’ll borrow them 🙂

  5. ajay says :

    That’s an interesting quote 🙂 Sounds a good, light read. I’ll also send my debut novel when I write one to you for the review but please remember to be kind and not that critiquing. 😀 😀

  6. Deboshree says :

    Chhavi… wonderful review. Very crisp and straight to the point.
    Where have you been by the way? I haven’t seen you around much.

    • Chhavi says :

      Thank you Deboshree… I am glad you liked the review..
      I was sick for quite some time and was not able to blog much. Anyway, I’ll be more regular now 😀

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