Book review | Finding Utopia by Ruhee Advani

Author: Ruhee Advani

Genre: Romance, Play

No. of pages: 45

Published by: Wordit Content Design & Editing Services Pvt Ltd

Published on: 1st January 2018 

Format: Paperback 

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Finding Utopia is a one act play that revolves around the life of a young girl Jiya who is on the verge of graduating from college. It explores her inner life as she struggles with demons and wrestles with her fears, confusions and insecurities. The play follows her from her graduation party where she meets a young boy, a stranger, Arjun. What happens after that night is a heartwarming tale of how Jiya finds herself and discovers beliefs that make her feel on top of the world. Along the way she falls in love but does everything work out like she wants it to? Has she truly found utopia?Enjoy a deep and profound conversation as together Jiya and Arjun delve into the mysteries of life, the world and the universe. Discover for yourself answers that might just make you feel on top of the world too.

Finding Utopia by Ruhee Advani is a short play about two young people discovering their utopia. The play starts out by showing a group of college friends enjoying their last party together before graduating from college. These friends talk about and reminisce their college days when  Jiya walks in. The play shows them partying and talking with each other and Jiya is shown talking to Arjun, a mutual friend. They don't really know each other but when Jiya lets out her worries and beliefs about finding happiness. Arjun and Jiya talk with each other for the whole night and they form this special bond with each other. 

From this onward, Jiya realises that she has finally found her Utopia and to fruitfully gain this she needs to find Arjun whose name she still didn't know. 

This is a very short and crisp play where two young people lost in their ways are seeking to find comfort with one another. They author's view about religion and love and duty through Jiya and Arjun's viewpoints are worth a read. Their conversation was mature and showed how differences in opinions can be respected. The book doesn't really have a strong story but I liked the book because of the healthy and wholesome conversation. 

The author has effectively delivered Jiya's fear. Her fear about what life will be like after college ends when she'll step out of the comfort of her friends and college into the real world. And her worries are being soothed by this perfect stranger named Arjun. In this place, the play has realistically portrayed almost every graduating student's fears.

The author's language and usage of metaphors in the book is applaudable. Though I didn't like the way the play has been written with songs suggestions thrown in between to be played in the background (because it made it seem like a rough script for a college play), I liked the book because of its message. 

Ruhee Advani is a gifted and prolific writer, and her talent was recognized when she published her first set of poems at the age of fourteen. Her collection of short stories for children, written at the age of eight, has now been published as Girls and Boys, in the year 2018. Her other books include Finding Utopia, A Play, and Strangers in the Night, a work of fiction.

She still has a large volume of unpublished literature, including a play, sixteen fully completed novels and a multitude of poems that she has been compiling since she first learned how to write. She currently has another close to sixty stories in the works.

I received the book from the author in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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