I have the book blurb up first for you to take a look at before we move onto discussing the book :
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.
I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset. When I first read the blurb I was immediately reminded of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It most likely was due to how we had multiple stories in both which had something them all together. Naturally my expectations were quite high and I was hoping to be blown away by what I would be reading.
The five stories in there are surely inspiring but fails short to impress. Each of these five tales have a message which is quite relevant but might not need to have been written out as a story. If needed to, then the story needs to be impressive. This wasn’t a postcard but a book and that relies heavily of the story that gets woven. Literature. The Magic called storytelling. All of these needs to be part of the core of what is known as a book.
The stories were able to grip you and force you to read but lacked depth considering the book blurb that we have and the promise that it gives us. I think the best story in here was Sankaran having to deal with signing up for a old age home and trying to re-connect with his son. That was quite heart breaking and showed some promise before being dragged back below the bar into where the rest of the book lies.
I would ask you to give this one a miss and probably wait for Santhosh’s next one. He is good and would one day give us a great book, I feel this was probably rushed or written with a particular intent on being a “meaningful” book but that is not what I would love to see in a book that I pick. Let the story be crazy or harrowing but needs to wrap it’s tentacles around the reader.
Rating : 2/5.
Pages : 243
Price : Rs 100