‘Fly With Me’ by Priya Das is a fascinating contemporary fiction about a young girl who goes emotionally astray because of love. Is love dangerous in life? Does it bring perilous effects on someone’s mind and heart over a period of time? This short novel tries to answer these questions through the voice of Snigdha – the protagonist. While reading this short novel, you may feel that love isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and at the same time Indian society isn’t receptive towards it.
As the novel starts, we see that Snigdha is a silent lecturer in a college and leads a monotonous life. Using the flashback technique, the author takes us into her past life. In college, where she has had immense passion for dance and falls for a guy named Abir Sen. In fact, they both were brilliant at dancing. Dancing was Snigdha’s passion. But why did she leave it and for what reasons?
Technically, she was in love with Abir or say vice versa. However, things didn’t go as per their imagination and they were destined to part away. But the question is, why did they part away – it remains a mystery till very end – and you may feel like to getting it know as soon as possible.
In the second climax of the story, Snigdha gets familiar with Sameer. Here equation is bit different, partially favourable for Sameer, but sounds forceful for Snigdha. Parents from both sides wish them to get married and Sameer is falling in love with her with each passing day. However, the problem with Snigdha is that she isn’t able to come out of her past life – dancing and Abir. It has been asked several times in the book that why Abir left Snigdha and for what?
On the other hand, getting no trace of Abir, Snigdha gets closer to Sameer and eventually they move ahead in life. However, things go topsy-turvy when all of sudden Abir Sen makes a comeback. Now it is a love triangle. Who’s going to win who?
The novel holds a romance theme with all possible aspects clubbed into it. The simplicity of writing along with unpredictable scenarios makes this book a riveting read. The semblance of the story is staged against the modern time where people fall in love and then move on if things didn’t work for them. The story has been narrated in a simple way – like watching a Bollywood movie. But the most interesting aspect is Snigdha’s intriguing character. At times, she sounds malleable and docile, some other time possessive and longing for privacy. All in all, it gets clearer that it’s tough to win heart of this girl, may be she is sounding emotionally unstable. As a reader, understanding her is, for sure, a delight.
The length and pace of the story is quite good and apt, however a few things sounded repetitive. The author could have given more focus on Abir – he appears in sweeps. But still it is a good read – people with affinity for romance read, can pick up this book anytime.