Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Review: When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti

When She Smiled
by Ritoban Chakrabarti

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 4, 2014)

Kindle Edition
File Size: 1002 KB
Print Length: 234 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Ritoban Chakrabarti; 1 edition (November 30, 2014)
Publication Date: November 30, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

When She Smiled reminds me so much of my child hood. I was thinking the author must have been born in the 80's as I could truly relate to the things (wrestling, cartoons, gadgets, etc.) mentioned in this book. I had a good laugh reading Mrityunjoy's journey. I've seen reviews that some readers could not understand nor believe the characters' attitude towards life. I, myself, have been exposed to that kind of life, having strict parents and teachers (blogger is from the Philippines). Maybe if you are from the east, this is totally relatable. Mrityunjoy's struggle is real for me even the joy and pain of his first love with Akansha. 

It was beautifully written although I note the author tends to over-describe things. Often, when the description's too much, say like a place, I forget the last thing the character is doing. Other than that, I still enjoyed reading the story. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

About the book:

Mrityunjoy Roy is a fifteen year old Bengali who has spent the last ten years of his life growing up in Shimla. While his family is completely academically oriented, he wants something more. Finally he meets Akanksha in school, who turns his world upside down with her gorgeous looks and mind boggling smile. As fate would have it, she joins his Physics tuition, and thus begins the torrid year of puppy love, romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and self discovery. Set among the scenic Shivalik hills of Shimla when mobile phones and internet were non-existent, this is a story of how an average young teenager comes to terms with his destiny.

About the author:

Ritoban Chakrabarti is an entrepreneur who started his first internet marketing company right after college. Since then he has self-taught himself programming, designing, marketing, and management. His first novel, When She Smiled, a young adult romance, was first published on 30th November 2014.

He is an avid traveller, and believes in a life without boundaries.


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