Letters in the Rain
Author: Anubhav Shrivastava
Publisher: Rumor Books India
“Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb
If you were a studious child during your ‘spring’, you would have gone through the emotional turmoil of being called various names. Each one of use passes through that stage where we receive our quota of appreciation and are yet blamed or mocked by others. Life is a funny concept. And even funnier are the people who live it.
‘Letters in the Rain’ is a tale that talks about the life of a nerd, more appropriately- a weirdo, who cherishes the buffet of knowledge. With negligible social skills, Aman, the protagonist, is like a fish out of water when it comes to making friends or initiating a small talk. A cog in the machine, Aman is meticulous yet an outcast. Girls find him repulsive because of his over-studious nature. He is resolute but still lacks confidence when it comes to making an acquaintance. One-third of the story builds up the character of Aman and his only friend- his Diary. Though the author (s) has tried to branch out and make the story interesting, the clichéd love story between Aman and Kiara, an ebullient and precocious classmate, fails to pass muster.
The story has nothing new to offer yet the exemplary vocabulary and the fluid narration style makes the book readable. The simple language and the straight-forward storyline are banal yet it is made interesting with appropriate character development. Nevertheless, ‘Rumor Books’ doesn’t fail to impress with fine-tooth comb editing.
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