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Book Review: Blues by Dhruva Nalla

Blues by Dhruva Nalla is a contemporary romance novel that brings out both sides of love: happiness and sadness. In fact, the title ‘Blues’ mean someone living in a state of melancholy. Thus, it resonates with the overall story. Did you ever given a thought to people who get heartbreaks or untimely tragic separation in love? It’s never easy to forget or let go someone if you have ever truly loved?

Based on a similar scaffold, the novel features Rahul and Sneha. From Hyderabad, they both are school-time friends and like each other. While on a family vacation to North India, Sneha and Rahul come close and have got feeling of love for each other. Sneha is an outgoing chirpy girl, while Rahul is reserved and has anxiety disorders. Maybe he over thinks a lot and hallucinate events imaginary. In short, their mental conditions differ. Sneha proposes Rahul during the tour. He gets perplexed, thinks about inter-caste marriage–doubtfully he rejects her proposal. But that is not the end of the story. Back in Hyderabad, they hang out, meet, and indulge in long phone calls. Stereotypically, things work out. Rahul is overwhelmed by her love, and now he proposes to her.

The novel has an ambience of family drama and basic nuisances. After all family life affects our social pattern and behavioral tendencies; this aspect is astutely captured in this book. Like a good family movie, the book progresses ahead. With hesitation about marriage, job, and some other insecurity – they both feel positive in love.

However, one fateful day Sneha is killed in a brutal road accident, right before Rahul. Things aren’t going to remain same for him here onwards. Already a patient of anxiety, Rahul succumbs to depression and dejection. His mental health goes on toss. He cannot accept the fate that Sneha is gone. The novel paints a grim picture of a forlorn lover. The novel throws a question – is there life left in Rahul for his future? The storyline is easy and sublime and subtle, the mix of current and flashback technique depicts the mental health of Rahul. Some chapters are plus, while some minus.

The author has taken a pragmatic appeal to the masses: don’t spoil your mental health for heartbreaks in love. If the love part was light and fun read, well then Rahul’s journey as a lonely depressed lover is heavy. The book shifts its focus on mental health priorities in the second part, post the death of Sneha. Death is a dreary subject, with it comes ramifications of health and mind, yet one needs to fight and be that resilient guy who sees life in hope and positive aspirations.

The novel is easy to read, Dhruva painted pictures of love and heartbreak pragmatically with a well-sketched cast of characters. If you are looking for a different romance novel that considers life of a lover pragmatically, you should pick it up.

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