BOOK REVIEW: FAITH'S ETERNAL SUNSHINE by AASHISH GUPTA

"THE PAIN IN ANYOTHER'S STORY IS NO LESS THAN YOUR OWN"




BOOK: Faith's Eternal Sunshine
AUTHOR: Aashish Gupta
RELEASE DATE: 9/11/2018
GENRE: Philosophical Psychological Fiction

Blurb:

*** HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP YOUR FAITH IF YOU WERE TRAPPED FOREVER? ***

Manjiri, a devout atheist, is meeting her friend Manu after 20 years. Their conversation soon turns into an argument over God's existence, and its nature. What seemed to be a harmless debate becomes Manjiri's worst nightmare when she is trapped by Manu in a cell. Are Manu's intentions malign or is this some weird test of faith? Take a seat, buckle your belt, as you set yourself on the world's most claustrophobic, yet enlightening, journey of Manjiri. Be prepared to see life in a radically different way with this bold, edge of the seat thriller.

REVIEW: As the author wrote in the preface, the book is to find the answer of - "why we should believe in God?" , we can firstly discuss - is it successful to give that answer? 

Well before that I have to say that the preface can disinterest many one, as this indicates to the book be a boring philosophical lecture.

But believe me, this is more than that. It's a rare creation where the author tried to discuss a complexed matter though a gripping story.

The story revolves around two main characters - Manjiri & Manu. Then the story took some huge twists many times & that's actually not special. But the special thing is that the author showed his class by explaining some hard things with some brilliant examples.

The author wrote some brilliant things:

▶️"Imagine yourself in this infinite universe. When compared to us, the spider is way bigger and smarter than what we would be compared to the universe. At least, you can see the spider. We, the humans, are not even a dot in the space, we are not even a blip in the history of the universe. If God is assumed to be the creator of the universe, and you believe that spiders can never understand human creations, then how could we ever understand God?”

▶️“There is something in nothingness that is more valuable than the nothingness that comes with having everything.”

▶️“Faith does not open doors, but shows you doors that are open. Doors that are right in front of us that we don’t see because we are too busy not believing that a door exists.”

▶️"The pain in anyone’s story is no less than your own."

▶️"A man who is a puppet of his orange tharra could only be conciliated if granted some control. He found that control in whipping his wife with his brown leather belt with a shining lion buckle. The only time something/someone in the universe begged and bowed to him. The only time something/someone was as much slave to him as he was to his tharra. It consoled him that something/someone inadvertently experienced what he experienced, and that he would not have to die hoping only if somebody understood his helplessness."

▶️"Faith is the acceptance that nature’s plan is the best plan.”

I like his thoughts & philosophical explanation.

The writing style is significant with a tinge of darkness. The author added lot of psychological disturbing things here. He kept the characters mysterious for a long time which deserves appreciation. The story line is also gripping & has enough ingredients to keep you hooked.

For it's setting & tone, this is clearly not everyone's cup of coffee. Though I enjoyed the book, I don't find it perfect.

From the promising beginning, the book somehow lost its pace & aim to entertain the readers. I hope the author knew finely what he was doing but I don't know, I felt that he was little confused with its flow in some area. The overall story was looking like a psychological taboo! Also the finishing could be more prominent, every story doesn't demand cinematic finishing.

Another thing which deserve mention is the author's lyrical writing from the second half. The poetic overflow of a prisoner soul, those small letters of Many was mesmerizing.

So, it's not like other nonsense philosophical fiction, it kept it's promise to serve something unique. Apart from this it has a gripping storyline, some brilliant quotes & fine writing. So I will definitely suggest you to try this one time.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5/5

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