Bookish Witch

A Million Times Over by Shuchi Batra

Blurb (as on Amazon):

About The Book: It was love at first sight for Sidharth, a first-year engineering student. Sia was so beautiful; her eyes spoke a million words, her look sent a million butterflies flying in his stomach, and she shone brighter than a million stars. Sia and Sidharth were meant to be for each other, or were they? Take part in this romantic saga, a story based on true events told in the form of poems, to find out.

About The Author :

Shuchi Batra was born and raised in New Delhi, India. Shuchi was raised by her single mother and considers her mother’s love and affection to be the most important to her. At the age of eight, Shuchi started writing poems to put words to her emotions. She went through multiple heartbreaks in life before she found her true love, to whom she is now happily married. From her experiences of traveling across the world, Shuchi learnt that human emotions of love and pain are very similar across many cultures. She has written more than a thousand micro poems to-date and believes that words not only express emotions, but also relieve oneself from pain and help move on from undesirable life situations. Through poems, she has now embarked on a mission to help others heal, move on, and love.

Shuchi is a banker by profession, and an MBA graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Indore. She is currently settled in Dubai. When not writing poems, or traveling, Shuchi spends her time performing in stand-up comedy shows to spread cheers among the millions of expatriates living away from home in Dubai.

Pages: 101

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 49 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback (only available on Amazon India): 119 INR

My Rating: 3.5/5

Siddharth and Sia join a college and befriend each other. Over the course of a few months, they come closer and fall in love with each other. However, as time passes some problems develop in their relationship. Will their love sustain these turbulent times?

What I liked about the book:


-> It is a very unique way of narrating the story with a mix of poetry and prose.
-> The artworks added their own charm and were apt as per the scenes and chapters. These really made visualizing the story quite easy and engrossing.
-> The story sends out a much-needed message of self-love and self-acceptance.
-> It is not a cliched story where the lead characters find their way back to each other despite the obvious flaws in their relationship.
-> We can take a leaf out of Siddharth’s experiences and character growth.

What I did not like about the book:


-> I would’ve really liked to know the girl’s PoV. We read the story from Siddharth’s PoV which makes out Sia to be the villain which might not be the case if Sia were to put forth the incidents from her perspective.
-> The writing is monotonous lacking depth and the ability to keep a reader’s interest up.

Quotable quotes:


-> Quite often we read love stories with happily ever after, but none tells us what to do when the person whom we love leaves us in a maze. Who shall we reach out to, in such dark and hopeless days?

-> “I can’t live without you”
to
“Who are you?”
we came a long way in this journey called love

->Happiness, from loving and being selflessly loved, is greater than anything else in the world.
-> We’ll lie on the streets
and jump in the sea
only then will we know
what love is likely to be
We’ll follow our guts And chase the sunlight

We’ll breathe in the air
Shout from rooftops
Don’t let any doubt
seep in your mind

Let’s be crazy
And mad for a little time
Sit by my side
Play the songs while we drive
Shout from your lungs
-> Let’s go and see the stars

the moon will be there, too
dancing up in the sky
Will you believe it if I tell you something?
Will you judge if I show you my scars?
Will you also leave if I tell you the truth?
Or stay if I tell you the lies?

-> Will you be my forever?
You feel like home,

and that’s more than enough
for me to survive
-> I want to touch your skin

and whisper in your ears
the stories
that no one can hear

> she made me go crazy
she made me go wild

she made me touch my soul
which I also did not know
existed within me
she touched a whole different side of me

-> What is love, really? If you have to give a reason, then I think it’s not love. Love is a feeling without any boundary or definition.
-> I said, “But I love you. Is it not enough?”
She said, “Love is never enough”
-> Move on
because
you are way too precious
to be lost due to a stubborn heart
that did not fit
with yours.

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