Book title: When Our Worlds Collide
Author: Aniesha Brahma
Number of pages: 114
Publisher: General Press
Akriti has led a pretty much sheltered life.
Zayn has been shuttled from city to city when he was growing up.
She is comfortable watching her life from the sidelines.
He wants to feel rooted to a place he can call ‘home’.
They meet each other quite by chance.
And both seize the chance to be someone they both need in their lives:
For Zayn, it is a ‘Partner-in-Crime’.
For Akriti, someone who just knows how to be there for her…
When their worlds collide, it’s not what either of them expected it to be.
Zayn has a steady girlfriend. And Akriti has a crush on him.
What happens when these two become friends?The biggest adventure of their lives?Or the road to heartbreak?
What happens when two completely different people collide?
Do they become friends? Or,is their friendship doomed from the start?
‘When our Worlds Collide’ is a story of two twenty-three-year-olds,who are finally growing up and finding their feet in the world.
A tale of friendship and love, crushes and betrayals, messes and second chances,
Marriage and divorce…and the elusive happily ever after!
It is a pleasurable read that can be finished in one go.
The cover page is designed well though I believe it would have been better to go with Indian faces or silhouettes.
The preface is interesting and develops the right amount of curiosity that makes you want to read further. I loved the line-
It’s not always about the happy ending. Sometimes, it is about the story.
The story itself is refreshing, unlike the usual fairy tale kind love stories and has an unconventional yet smooth flow to it. The story is not only about the two main characters of the book but also about the rest of them. The author has brought to the fore all the issues young adults face and wrestle with- infatuation, dysfunctional families, perspectives, love, heartache and the dilemma between standing on your own feet or enjoying life,
The setting of a cafe where major part of the story unfolds, effuses warmth and adds a visual treat to the tale.
All the characters are well thought of and relatable. The sub-plots are as interesting as the main story and nowhere in the story does the author lose reins of the parallel lives of all the characters. Every sub-plot leaves you yearning for more.
The language used is simple yet strong in structure. The story is narrated in first person and it feels like you are sitting face-to-face with Akriti, as she shares the story of her life with you.
The story has a befitting end and instead of giving closure to the story, it gives it a new beginning.
What I loved the most
The character sketches,especially Akriti’s mother’s and co-worker Ayoub’s.
I also loved the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter that act as food for thought and force the reader to think ahead.
The best one for me was Mark Twain’s
‘The truth is always stranger than fiction
Because fiction needs to make sense.’
What felt not-so-good
The cover page as I mentioned could have featured setting-relevant faces.
There are more than one typographical errors in the book that are hard to miss.
The final verdict
Read the book if you love unconventional romance. It is a beautiful story with a realistic touch to it!
I would rate it at 4/5
Aniesha Brahma is a promising author who holds M.Phil in Comparative Literature and lives in Kolkata. She wanted to be a writer from the age of six years. This is Aniesha’s first work that I am reviewing though she has ‘The Secret Proposal’ and ‘The Guitar Girl’ to her credit too. I had the honour of sharing space with her in the anthology ‘Voices:Old and New’. I am surely going to read the other two soon as well. I am extremely thankful to Writersmelon for sending me this copy for review.