Book review | From Ashes to Dreams by Rashmi Trivedi

Author: Rashmi Trivedi

Genre: Romance, Drama

No. of pages: 194

Published by: Blue Rose Publishers

Published on: 17th August 2018

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★★☆

Sometimes life brings you at a crossroad, where you have no choice but to live every day as if it was your last one.

Naina was at such a crossroad! As an orphan, she did not have much to look forward to in life, until she fell in love. Love gave her wings and she started to fly, only to come crashing down as the wind beneath her wings turned into a storm.

She tries putting an end to her now wretched existence, but fate has some other plans for her. She comes to know that she has limited time to live and decides to start living everyday instead of merely surviving.

She starts living every moment without worrying about the future she does not have or the past that cannot be undone. She falls in love once again, this time with life! Will fate respect her fortitude?

Naina grows up in an orphanage under Shanti Amma's care. She's a beautiful, charming yet lonely girl since her childhood and the only friends she has ever had are Raghav and Kusum. The trio moves out of the orphanage after turning eighteen and starts living on their own. From the beginning Raghav has always loved Naina but Naina always saw him as her brother and friend. But then Kusum has always loved Raghav and despised Naina for her goodness. So when Naina falls in love with Siddharth, an absolutely handsome and charming married-yet-separated man, Kusum deviously keeps Raghav away from Naina. Naina finally feels that she has found her reason to love life. But soon fate takes a turn and Siddharth leaves Naina and she decides to take her own life. Somehow Raghav saves her by taking her to the hospital in time and the hospital nurse Rajitha and a young psychiatrist Dr. Anurag, help Naina stand on her feet. 

I liked the book from its very start. The dramatisation made when Naina was just a new born baby and someone cradles her in a bundle of clothes and secretly keeps her in front of an orphanage's door, is too good. Then the story shifts to Naina's childhood. It shows how Naina is as a character, and how her friends and life in the orphanage is slowly moulding her. The book then starts Naina's story when she is twenty five years old.

I really liked the story. How it comes with a positivity. Though it got a bit depressing in the middle, it gets better. There were a few things I did not like. Like, Naina falls in love with Siddharth as soon as she lays her eyes on her and vice versa. Then Siddharth goes on to ask her out on the day he sees her for the first time even though he knows that she is his daughter's school teacher. It's a bit impractical in real life but nevertheless it does not affect the story. I liked how Naina develops from a weak and helpless girl into a strong woman towards the end of the book. The characters and the character developments were thoroughly sketched out by the author.

The diverse characters in the book and their back stories make the story more beautiful. Like Shanti Amma and Rajitha's past histories justifies their soft corner for Naina and the book effortlessly shows how these two people helped Naina become what she is. Even Siddharth's story showcases him as a pity case and Kusum's perspective about Naina gives the readers a clearer picture of Kusum's personality. I loved how detailed the book is and gives justice to each and every character.

The book has been written with a sad and emotional undertone. I may not be able to express with words, but just like a mystery novel has a dark undertone to it, or a comedy novel as a fun undertone to it, Rashmi Trivedi's book has a sad undertone to it that she flawlessly manages to maintain throughout the book. This book will emotionally attack you. Though I liked the first half more than the second half, the emotional turmoil it created it me was real.

I also loved the smooth and tender way the author has written the book. It touches your core. There are lots of great quotes about life and living in the book that will surely make you emotional. In all and all, this book was really a beautiful read about life and loss.

Rashmi Trivedi is working at a middle management level in a leading Public Sector Undertaking and has worked in various departments which includes operations, sales and training.

Since the childhood days, she was passionate about reading. Unlike many who read when they find the time, she always took out time for reading. At all stages of her life, she was never too busy for a book.

In 2013 she was transferred to Bhopal where she stayed for three years whereas the family stayed back in Delhi. It was during this period that she started writing poems and articles and sharing them with family and friends. She then started writing for her own page and blog. The experience at Bhopal taught her that it is only the self-imposed limitations we create in our minds that stop us from reaching our true potential. She wanted to share her experience with others and so this book happened.

Other than reading, she is also passionate about travelling. There are a number of places on her bucket list which she has to explore before she calls it a day. To her, every journey is like a wrapped gift which she loves opening.

Like any other female, she loves to talk and make friends. She also is a foodie and loves to binge.

She stays at Delhi with her family.

Visit her website

I received this book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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