Book review | The Blue Moon Day by Santhosh Sivaraj
Author: Santhosh Sivaraj
Genre: Philosophy, Drama
No. of pages: 213
Published by: Invincible Publishers
Published on: 9th June 2018
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who got struck at cross roads and there was no way they can run back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fear and leave the rest to destiny. Their characters was tested out of their comfort zone and it witnessed abstruse results; a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza making contest and a tennis prodigy running for his life in a war torn, bloodied Island.
Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary . Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves. The Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon day story which questions an individual's priorities, ridicules the worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.
The book traverses through 5 individuals' stories. The 5 individuals find themselves in a fix and a complete stranger comes in their lives and teaches them how to overcome their difficulties by changing their reforms and views on life. The 5 stories are segregated into 5 different chapters and the final chapter is about how these 5 individuals meet together and finally they get closure about the helpful stranger.
The first thing that I would say is the the author put his heart and soul into writing this book. The fact that the author recommends his readers to 'read this book slowly, to gain the most from the experience' in dedication page tells a great deal that the author really wants us to take away lessons from his book.
Each chapter has some life lesson. Like the first chapter is about a scholarly 29 year old man trying to look for a stable job. He is one of those people who have tried out every educational field possible but still doesn't know how to be passionate about one single thing. Unable to narrow down his passion, he comes across this stranger who helps him determine what he wants to achieve and change his outlook on life.
Some of the chapters talk deeply about family dynamics and social perception. Through these 5 simple stories, readers can gain a lot from this book. I personally feel that some of the characters were deliberately made naive for the book's benefit, I feel that the author could have moulded them into a more or less average character and helped them develop higher from this average.
Since the author asks his readers to read his book slowly, I would like to recommend that the readers read one chapter each they. The book serves both as a collection of short stories and a full fledged novel.
The writing style is simple and lucid. The message that the author wants to deliver to his readers is effectively done as he uses letters in the stories as the form of penning his thought-provoking words of wisdom. All the curse words were replaced by signs and symbols like 'ass @#*!', it just reduced the flow of the book. I don't know if it was used by the author or the publishers themselves, but it didn't help me.
Overall, I would say that this book is an immensely useful book for readers who are looking to change their negative thoughts into an optimistic way. A great inspirational read it was.
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I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.