Everyone has a Story – Savi Sharma (Book Review)

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer. Some are written in books, and some are confined to hearts.

Must admit, I fell in love with the line above, not sure if it is a Savi original tho’..

‘Savi’ – yes that’s one less alphabet to my name Savio, I think she stole my name πŸ˜‰ she almost did and stopped short.. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Okay, coming to the book “Everyone has a Story”Β  by Savi Sharma and my take on it. Maybe I should not call it ‘a Review’, maybe I’ll say just ‘my take’..whatever! I liked the title, even the author’s name (short of 1 alphabet…) she looks pretty too, but wait! that’s not why I bought the book. I thought it would make a good read, since the reviews I read about the book were praising the author and the book to the skies – and I needed to read it myself to know, if all that praise was worthy.

https://i1.wp.com/images.gr-assets.com/books/1467295399l/30817225.jpg?resize=143%2C217If you look at the back cover you have three reactions from The Hindu, Femina and the New Indian Express, they say the following:

‘A runaway success’ – The Hindu

‘Savi Sharma is a publishing phenomenon’ – Femina

‘A relentless storyteller’ – New Indian Express

I say, don’t go by these flattering words for the author or the book. I’m not saying the book isn’t good, but it isn’t worthy of the praises. It is an average book, written by an average Indian and tells average stories. So Yes! That’s it..

The author is talented no doubt, the language is good, editing is even better, but it doesn’t have any ‘X’ factor like some other books I’ve been reading recently or read in the past (reviews which you can find on this blog). She could have easily approached Chetan Bhagat for a few words of appreciation too.. and seriously ‘Femina’?

I expected much more, just based on the hype the book created. I have another book of Savi’s in my cupboard which I’d start reading today but…I hope she doesn’t disappoint me 2/2, that will make me real sad – not because the stories are not up to the mark but for the money I paid for them πŸ™

This book is OKAY/AVERAGE and a good read, a book you’d read maybe in a train or a bus or basically when you’re on wheels. I was on wheels too, my chair has wheels-that kept me going. Light read, quick read-the book doesn’t give the reader too much to ponder over. Not the best when it comes to Indian writing. I am reminded of a dialogue of Baburao Ganpatrao Apte (Paresh Rawal’s character in the movie Hera Pheri)

(looking upwards) Utha le re babe, utha le.. mereko nahi re.. (you can complete the rest…)

This by no means is a negative review, it still is a better book than so many others I have read, just that I think Savi Sharma has so much more potential to do better. Go ahead, pick up the book if you’re looking for something casual.

I do also want to know what is the criteria for a book to become a BEST SELLER in India. Anyone has any idea?

Rating: 3/5

7 thoughts on “Everyone has a Story – Savi Sharma (Book Review)

  1. Simple English,(not using big words such as onomatopoeia or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?πŸ˜‚)
    That is why Chetan Bhagat’s books sell like hot cakes – Easy to understand stories, the usual masala marke hakte stories.
    I have read few books by Indian authors. I liked Preeti shenoy’s life is what you make it.
    Some authors are really good. There was one someone who wrote about the mystery of Taj (crime thriller). That was really interesting. Then the booker prize winners and the old classic ones like Ruskin bond and all, they are all time best sellers. πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for providing the review. Nothing to boast, but somewhere I had the idea the book is average/okay type though I haven’t read it yet. And you confirmed it. Talking about the hype; Oh this is India and Everyone is best seller here.
    Since, I have strong inclination towards foreign authors, I rarely pick Indian authors, esp. young budding authors. It’s just, they don’t satisfy my hunger for English literature as well as on story part.

    PS: Exceptions are there and there are great authors in India too. 😊

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