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My Warmest Sorrow by Preethi Venugopala

Blurb (as on Amazon)

♥ What would you do when you come face to face with your past? ♥

Social media which is often a source of entertainment can be a source of great sorrow as well. Especially alumni WhatsApp groups, as not all memories are pleasant.

When Ajay, now an IAS officer, gets added into his college WhatsApp group, all his classmates welcome him warmly. Except for Jasmine.

Jasmine and Ajay were inseparable while in college. Their relationship had transitioned from being best friends to lovers over the duration of the engineering course. But then fate had intervened, and they became estranged. 

Five years of silence have created a wall of sorrow between them. Their interactions in the class WhatsApp group are nothing like what they once used to be. Every moment churns out more anguish and unpleasantness.

Jasmine is still living with the repercussions of what had happened in the past. Ajay’s indifference throws her into despair. 

What had caused their separation?
Is love still hiding underneath their public facades?
What lies are they concealing?

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Drama

Format: Kindle eBook

Pages: 99

Price: 63 INR/$0.99

My Ratings: 4/5

Jasmine and Ajay were college sweethearts, inseparable and the best of friends. Cut to five years after college, when they come into each other’s lives after going their separate ways. While Jasmine seems to be happily married, Ajay too has moved on with a steady girlfriend by his side. Is their romance really dead though?

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:
-> It narrates the story from both the main character’s PoVs making the reader delve into the story deeper and also helps understand the characters better.
-> It teaches us that sometimes all we need is a face to face communication for clearing all the misunderstandings.
-> Reading about the college life makes you relive your own youthful days.
-> The revelations come bit by bit, helping maintain the curiosity in the minds of readers.
-> The author manages to tell us that those who care for us never really back down till they see us happy and healing. This comes through so well through the characters of Ashima, Avinash, and Sam.
-> For once, it felt good to see that social media, especially WhatsApp was shown in a positive light and led to something good. I loved how the WhatsApp group and the chats in the group, were used to make the story relevant and relatable for all age groups.

What I did not like about the book:
It’s pretty straightforward and predictable.

Quotable quotes:
-> When a feeling warms the heart and awakens memories, the Japanese call it Natsukashii
-> Every person on the verge of suicide would turn back and smile at life if one single act of kindness touched his or her soul in that final moment.

-> This is what they called Karma. You received what you gave.
-> That’s life. People change. We have to face it.
->Hope can be a very debilitating thing when shattered. It pierces the very soul.
-> Romantic love is an emotion that our ego generates to keep us under its control. Why do you look outside of you to find true love? True love lies within you. Do not seek love outside of yourselves. When you allow yourselves to pine after a person who has given you pain, who are you not loving? When you pin your happiness on the actions or validation from another individual, you are invalidating your own magnificence. Each one of us is the child of God. Let your own light shine. Do not dim it for anyone. Each one of us is responsible for our own happiness. Make yourself the priority in your life. People don’t value coal. They value diamonds, even though both are made of carbon. Decide what you want to be. Shine like a diamond by being your magnificent self. Don’t be coal and waste your time and energy pining after a past or trauma or a person who has given you pain.
-> “Don’t you think we deserve to live the life we want? Can’t we decide how we want to live our life?”
-> You shouldn’t shut out the world just because one person chose to throw you out of their world.
-> Does the heart have some special sense of knowing when a loved one is near? Maybe it does.

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