On a Journey of Life is a collection of two short stories by two different authors that portrays two different ideologies and point of view.
First story is titled as “As The Miles Went” narrates the story of young woman Saanchi, 22 years of who seems very close to her late mother but perceive a mismatched relationship with her father.
The story starts where the readers find our protagonist ventures out on a solo-trip to Uttarkashi with her closest asset of her mother’s rememberance- her mother’s diary. There’s a lot of discoveries and thoughtful intentions behind this trip.
Throughout her life, Saanchi was always dominated by her father but this trip had lend her the freedom to become self sufficient and move a step away from orthodoxy mentality.
Second story titled “That Summer” by Nivedita Karmaran untilds the tale of Rashi, a 13 year old teenager also the only daughter of a rich family and Lalit a worker in her society, a college dropout who just wants to make the two ends of his life meet.
The whole story has been penned in a letter format where Rashi writes everything whatever she felt when she met Lalit one summer.
Their friendship grew stronger but was not accepted with a positive viewpoint by her parents.
She was caged on her own house and was sent to the hostel after the summers just so that she couldn’t meet Lalit and continue their friendship anymore.
This story is narrated maturely depicting the untattered bond of friendship and how some elders persistly depict generations gap.
This book is well perceived and nurtured with blend of relatability and rawness of true human emotions. Both the stories direct towards different perspectives. The writing style is quite appreciable and easily understood. Overall it’s a cozy experience to read this book.
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