Bookish Witch

Pipe Dreams by Raviraj Mishra

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Pipe Dreams is narrative poetry about the story of a boy who, amid his anxious and overthinking phase of life, gives love yet another chance, wishing for a happy ending. Love on the other hand needs more than one chance and still can’t guarantee peace. The story revolves around the conversations of the boy with his talking mind and heart – literally; the girl he meets, who claims to have fallen in love with him, only to leave him on the first day of the relationship. But, as already pointed out, love is all about second chances, and it still can’t guarantee peace. For him, love doesn’t play partially either. The story entails the reasons for his depressive states and the decision of moving on and finally, finding his name.

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Narrative Poetry

Pages: 200

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle eBook: 149 INR/$10.44
  • Paperback: 120 INR/$10.99

My Rating: 4/5

The protagonist of the story is going through heartbreak when he meets someone. This someone gives him hope; hope that his love life is not completely doomed, hope that he is worthy of love too. But when this someone also breaks his trust, not once, but twice, what does he do?

What I liked about the book:

  • The musings of the protagonist are a reflection of the inner turmoil of the young mind and to some extent its solution.
  • The book is an amalgamation of stories and poems which makes it different from other books in the contemporary fiction genre.
  • The poems written in the book are in perfect harmony with the story.
  • The illustrations are really appealing and on-point with the content of the book.
  • If you are an over-thinker, you can highly relate to the content of the story. The state of being anxious felt by introverts and anxiety-ridden people has been truthfully represented.
  • The underlying philosophy of choices and chances that life offers, will leave readers’ hearts and mind with optimism.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The protagonist comes across as needy and irritating at several points and we don’t really see noticeable character growth.

Quotable quotes:

  • Love needs more than one chance and still doesn’t guarantee peace.
  • Every ‘why’ doesn’t have an answer.
  • Love or its grand gestures are never wrong. It all messes up if the one for whom you took the big steps is the wrong person.
  • Sometimes, love needs all the grand gestures, to prove it, save it, hold it, and make it work. It’s not wrong at all.
  • When you are in love, you suddenly start feeling that everything is alright.
  • When your mind commands, you obey! That’s how most of us survive.
  • Mind can only obsess over something that is unreachable for so long. Soon, it allows itself to flow in other directions where there is more light than smoke, finding possibilities and hoping to devour on something that can satisfy its obsession as soon as possible.
  • The distress of life has two effects,

It causes pain or it shows a new prospect.

  • Life is all about moving on from silly mistakes.

Life is all about learning from them.

Life is all about making new ones.

  • One day you will meet a person who will be exactly like you. Then you will know how precious you are. And in the process of loving that person, you will fall in love with yourself too.
  • Pipe dreams are illusions wherein we ignore all the facts, and focus our consciousness on something that is clearly impossible.
  • Fights are inevitable in relationships, that’s how two people grow.
  • We humans have the ability to blame our misdeeds on anyone but us.
  • Tears are a powerful expression.
  • Love is eternal and so is pain, but love is powerful.
  • Love is not just a word, it’s a commitment. Some find it easily, while some give up every part of themselves looking for it. Because, somehow, deep down, we all know that love is a happy ending.
  • Some conversations don’t end. They restart either from a new point or from where you left off.
  • Life is all about taking stupid risks and unplanned actions.
  • Poetry is not planned and executed or something that can be used for a purpose. It comes out of a feeling.
  • You must be crowded from within. Because I think the people who are crowded from within search for peace outside.
  • I need a mirror-

I need a

talking mirror.

The one that tells me…

You are okay!

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