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 😉 she almost did and stopped short.. 😂😂😂
Okay, coming to the book “Everyone has a Story” 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.
If 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 🙁
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?