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Book Review: The Blue Moon Day by Santhosh Sivaraj

In America people love to read about success stories, well in India people have special penchant for stories…be them any – happy or melancholic. The Blue Moon Day is one such book where you will get to know five different stories. The stories appeal to our day-to-day life problems that we see or face – in a sense mirroring the society.

Let’s discuss all stories, one by one, briefly. The first story is ‘The Pizza Engineer’; well this features Abi – a twenty-nine-year old guy – he is fat thus remains most of the time diffident. He is highly qualified but jobless. Not getting a job is a matter of frustration for him. Above all, he has grown a little pessimistic and lazy with his life. Then, he comes across Mr. Pillai – his interviewer who begins staying with him to check his overall personality and behavior and other factors. How he adjusts to the situations is worth watching and his struggle for basic things may throw you back in the past when you were much like him as a student. As the story advances, he is told to win a pizza-making competition if he has to take a job in Mr. Pillai’s company. He has no choice but to go forward for that pizza competition…

The next story, The Messenger’, is of Deepak and Priya. It is a love story. This story runs like a Bollywood movie…full of romance…life…tragedies and then happy ending. Well, the climax of the story lies in a messenger, the unknown person who sends text message to a loser guy named Deepak. Indeed, it is tough to maintain a healthy relationship post marriage.

The third story, ‘Not Today’, is about Vivi and his obsession for career and other worldly things. Just because of his bad boss and career aspirations, he sees the darkest time of his life when he somehow manages to go on a family vacation. This is a little adventurous story. One must keep the life balanced or find a good job with a good boss.

‘The Storyteller’ is a heartbreaking account of a retired postman – to survive he has nothing: no wife, a faraway son, and a meager pension. After a failed attempt of suicide, his life takes an unprecedented turn and it almost makes him a superstar storyteller. But how? Read and find out…

The last story ‘Heaven’ is of Prabha, a young talented tennis player. A media company is sponsoring him to go ahead in life but stardom is not his fate. Unfortunately, he is diagnosed with brain tumor. When he goes to meet Dr. Velan on a war-torn island, he realizes the misery of people dying around him which makes him feel that his imminent death is insignificant. He too dies well before his time and experiences heaven. This story reads like a war fiction.

Overall, all stories have some or other thing to share with the readers. The most unpredictable event in life takes place when you are least prepared. Well, that’s how life proceeds, like machines or computers life doesn’t come coded. It is about every moment, every day. Reading this book means, you will discover something great about your life.


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