Walking in the Streets of Love and Destiny by Purba Chakraborty

Today, I’m sharing my views on the book Walking in the Streets of Love and Destiny written by Purba Chakraborty. I’m highly impressed with this extremely talented young author.

It is said that excess of anything is bad. What about excess of love? Is excess of love also bad? Well, to find out the answer, you’ll have to read the novel.

Blurb of Book

Walking in the Streets of Love and Destiny Blurb

Plot of Novel

The novel starts with a Prologue in which the author met a girl in bridal sort of dress at Howrah Junction all alone, around 3:30 AM, with a diary in her hand. In fact, it’s the story of that girl who was waiting for train, trembling & crying, at that odd hour of night all alone. Looking at her, author was confused whether she was planning to jump in front of train or get into it.

This style of prologue writing in which author meets a random person and narrates the person’s story in main section of novel, reminds me of Chetan Bhagat.  

The novel narrates the story of a girl, Prachi, who was unconditionally loved by two persons, Arvind and Sahil. Arvind was her childhood friend and Sahil, her colleague at work.

Profoundness of Dialogues

The author took care of every minute thing beautifully. Some casual dialogues are very profound & meaningful. They show the clear understanding of the author on the subject. Let me mention one. There was a scene in which Prachi and Sahil were roaming and suddenly Prachi felt an urge to visit the temple. Sahil said her to go inside and he would wait outside. A discussion broke out between them on the necessity of temple, if God resides within. She said, “God is within every human-being. But sometimes in our busy life, we forget to listen to that inner voice of us; we forget to find the goodness within us. Temple, mosque or church provides us that serenity and divinity to search our inner God.”

On a cursory glance, it appears to be a very common & generic statement but it isn’t. Very few people know ‘why they are doing what they are doing.’

Let me tell you an incidence to get some idea. It is said that when the second Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab came to kiss the Kaaba Stone, he said in front of all assembled, “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither harm anyone nor benefit anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Messenger [Mohammad] kissing you, I would not have kissed you.”

Islam prohibits idol-worship but Muslims circumvent Kaaba Stone and kiss it. Prophet Mohammed, himself, kissed it. There must be a reason but most of the people do it because Mohammed did it.

Author’s Understanding of Basics

The formula for success is the alignment of why, what and how. The author showed this alignment throughout the book. She had a clear idea of why she was doing what she was doing through taking care of small things. It is said that small things make perfection but perfection isn’t a small thing.

There are many other spontaneous profound dialogues, like I mentioned above, on the subject of dream accomplishment, inspiration, encouragement, love and relationship.

Some Quotes from the Book

  • Organize your life around your dreams and watch them come true because somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.
  • Anyone can encourage but without inspiration, no dream can ever be accomplished.
  • When we need the maximum support during grief, a pillow is not enough to absorb all our tears. A human touch, a caring hug is essential to make us feel better.
  • When you smile, you look cute with that cheesy smile! Without smiling, carrying that attitude with a smirk, you look definitely hot.
  • I wonder which loser has added a good before a bye!

Regarding Book Editing

The novel is very simple. Don’t take it otherwise. Simplicity is the highest sophistication.

Og Mandino, author of The Greatest Salesman in the World, revealed the secret of his easy to read books. He used to rewrite each book thirteen to fifteen times. He said, “My books are easy to read because they are so hard to write.”

The hard work of the author must be appreciated because the book is an effortless reading. The editing of the book is superb. Its pace is neither fast nor slow but right. You won’t get bored at any instance. It’s a great page turner. Karan Bajaj, author of Keep Off the Grass which movie rights are recently sold in Hollywood, said “I think editing is what makes a successful writer.”

Author as Poet

The title Walking in the Streets of Love and Destiny reflects that the book revolves around the concepts of Love and Destiny. According to author, Love doesn’t mean to achieve the person you love, love also means sacrifice, and love means to see your loved one happy. A very profound statement indeed!

It shows her maturity. Recently, I landed on her blog. A poem, The gurgling river, was exhibited there. In fact, this poem inspired me to read her more. The poem reminded me of Hermann Hesse, a Nobel Laureate in Literature. In his worldwide renowned book on spiritualism, Siddhartha, he explained life & enlightenment through the example of River.

Purba is also a great poet. She displayed her poetry skills in the book through poems of protagonist. She utilized her hobby of singing and wish of playing guitar pretty well in weaving this lovely love story. By reading the book, an aspiring author could learn how to use personal experiences to write a bestseller.

Excerpt to Show Style of Writing

It was raining heavily outside and I stood on the road like a stone with moist eyes. The rain shielded my tears and I without caring about the people on the road cried like the falling rain. It seemed the skies cried with me too. The drops of my eye mingled with the raindrops and my heart screamed in pain like the thunders.

Extent of Explanation

Could a person fall in real love with two different persons simultaneously? Author calls one Life-partner and other Soul-mate. What is the difference between life-partner and soul-mate? The author didn’t delve deep into psychological & philosophical aspects of the terms but give a rough idea about the difference.

In fact, Walking in the Streets of Love and Destiny is a light romantic novel with all its naughtiness and playfulness. The game of Truth & Dare and Telephone Conversations remind me of Ravinder Singh’s Can Love Happen Twice and I too had a Love Story. If you love Ravinder, you are surely gonna love Purba too.

Ingredients of Novel

When Chetan describes an erotic encounter, it’s mostly physical. When Ravinder plays truth & dare, it’s about vital statistics & ‘what you are wearing’ things. But when Purba describes the same, it’s erotic but not physical. It’s of a different level. I guess, it’s the advantage of being female. Females could easily go beyond…..

I must say that Purba didn’t miss a single thing which could lag her behind in Bestseller Race. It’s a complete entertainment.  

Conclusion

It’s an established Success Formula that find a few people who are already successful in the field you want to succeed and do what they do. The author exactly did the same. She didn’t reinvent the wheel. She used popular ingredients to spice up the story. I too believe that a special dish doesn’t require special things but all the normal ingredients in right proportion.  And without any doubt, it could be said that the author did her job brilliantly in cooking an interesting story which would bind the readers throughout.   

 

15 Comments

  1. Purba Chakraborty
    June 28, 2015

    You know, for a minute or 2, I went speechless when I saw your tweet. This is such a beautiful and thoughtful birthday gift. Thank you so much, Ravish. What can be more amazing than a discerning reviewer like you, reviewing my debut book in such a beautiful way?

    I wrote this book around 4 years back, in 2011. Your detailed review took me back to those days, when I had written the book. As it’s my debut book, I love it with all its imperfections, though at times I do feel that I could have delved deeper on the psychological aspects, like I did in my second book “The Hidden Letters”.

    Thanks for mentioning the incident of Kaaba Stone in the review. Got to know a wonderful thing. And I am so glad that you enjoyed reading the book. Now, after 3 years when I feel that I have grown as an author, whenever a person tells me that he/she is reading my 1st book, I become a little fidgety and tongue-tied. Your discerning review of the book would surely help me in my next projects.

    Thank you once again for reading my book and reviewing it. Means a lot 🙂

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  2. Dr Sweety Shinde
    June 29, 2015

    As usual, a well analyzed review. Have you done a PhD in book reviews? You could certainly teach it at a University!
    I’m reading Purba’s ‘Hidden Letters’. She’s definitely talented.
    I liked the quote on rain and tears.
    And of course, your statement about Simplicity being highest Sophistication. Cheers!

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    1. Purba Chakraborty
      June 30, 2015

      Rightly said, Sweety. It seems Ravish has really done a PhD in book reviews.
      His reviews are so detailed and well put. An author gets to see her book in a new light and can learn a lot from his review.
      I am so glad that you are reading “The Hidden Letters”. As and when I finish some of my pending work, I will start reading your book. Can’t wait to read it 🙂

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  3. Somali K Chakrabarti
    July 1, 2015

    Very good to see Purba writing novels at such a young age. Wish you the very best Purba. Nice and thorough review Ravish.
    ‘I wonder which loser has added a good before a bye!’ – That’s quite a quote!

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  4. Bushra Muzaffar
    July 1, 2015

    Very detailed review Ravish and well analyzed.. doing full justice to the author and giving an insight to the reader.

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  5. Archana Kapoor
    July 1, 2015

    Sounds like such a lovely book! Super proud of Purba… and you brought it out so well Ravish… great review 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

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  6. Maitreni Mishra
    July 1, 2015

    What a lovely book! Great job Purba…. 🙂 And you did ample justice to it with such an in-depth review Ravish.Hats off 🙂

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  7. Lata Subramanian
    July 1, 2015

    Ravish, after reading this, I just bought the book. Tremendous writing style Purba has

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  8. Mridula Dwivedi
    July 1, 2015

    Your review makes me curious about the book!

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  9. Rajesh
    July 1, 2015

    Excellent review. Looking forward to read it.

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  10. Great review as usual, Ravish. So fine-tuned and extensive… 🙂

    I’m reading Purba’s ‘Hidden Letters’ ..she is a wonderful writer! Will go for this one definitely…

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  11. rachnap
    July 2, 2015

    The review is thorough and really detailed. I have put the book on my reading list. That was a very thoughtful birthday gift, Ravish. Purba sure sounds talented.

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  12. abhi_bangal
    July 3, 2015

    Wow, just read the review and the comments. It all looks very terrific… Looks like a must buy book… 🙂

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  13. Kokila Gupta
    July 3, 2015

    A true RAVISH style review! Loved the quote – “I wonder which loser has added a good before a bye ” … Super Cool One !! I am so dying to read it as well as her The Hidden Letters .And yes ,
    Belayed Happy Budday Purba ..well you share your special day with my daughter’s :))

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  14. Jyoti
    July 7, 2015

    रविश जी, किताब के बारे में पढ़ कर मुझे भी किताब पढने की उत्सुकता हो रही है ….इतना अच्छा वर्णन किया है आपने .

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