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Book Review: One Precious Moment by Ritu Kakar

One Precious Moment by Ritu Kakar is a terrific novella about love and loss. Most of the time we cherish thinking about our bygone days, best days and childhood days of life through memory lanes; on the other hand, there are some life-changing moments that change our lives so drastically that we either shudder or mesmerize thinking about those moments. In a nutshell, these precious moments either make or break our lives.

One Precious Moment is initially a love story but with time it gets transformed into a ‘one-character fight’ novel. We see that Mira is a college going girl, residing in Lower Parel in Mumbai with her parents. And there is this handsome guy Rahul Singh, an IT professional living in Mahalaxmi. They both travel by local trains. Though Mira is a college student and Rahul a working professional, they fall in love gradually. Their love story commences from railway stations and they typically fall for each other while travelling on local trains every day. According to Mira, Rahul Singh is a very handsome and a bit different guy from the rest of the crowd. This proposition makes her fall for him. They stare at each other and then get into conversation and then into dating…so like it happens in Bollywood movies, their love story too gets going the same way.

But the question is that are love stories meant for going simple and straight? Will there come any turn to test the mettle of both the characters. Will their love affair get converted into a successful marriage? If yes, will they be able lead a good and prosperous life? These are some questions that will soon begin popping up in your mind when you feel settled in the book. Other than the romantic element, the book also takes stance on some current issues like women safety, demonetization and because of it how Mira struggles to save her job, and Rahul's career graph line, but in the background the banter of Mumbai...its charming lifestyle runs in the backdrop like humming of music in some secluded chamber.

Despite its pros and cons, the concurrent theme in the novella knocks at your door over and again and says it loudly that poor chap you have no control over your life, better be prepared for the vagaries of life. Just, as we know that life have many chapters to unfold at every step, on the similar lines, One Precious Moment will aware you of the situations that you prefer ignoring. Romance, suspense, life lessons, sadness, the agony of a pain bearer - are some points that will stay with you even after closing the book since long.


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