Book Title: Key to My Soul
Author: Probal Mazumdar
Format: Paper Back
Total Number of Pages: 304
Publisher: Maple Press
Publishing Date: 16 December 2016
“When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him. It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story. But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him..”
Starting from the cover of the book is a likeness of couples hand in hand, an open book, painting brush n plate on either side of the couples with a blue background. The cover is simple but can be much better. The title of the book “Key to My Soul” is interesting and gives the hint that it’s going to be romantic tale. The title is apt according to the plot.
The book is the bag of emotions, friendship, innocent love, parenthood, pain, hatred, betrayal, abuse, crimes, injuries, accidents, a broken marriage, depression, anxiety, separation, hurt, suspense, revenge, mystery, tragedy and much more.
This is the story of protagonist Siddharth and Hazel. The story starts with Siddharth receiving a call from an unknown person who informs him that his childhood love Hazel had met with an accident and lying in a coma state at Jamshedpur hospital and he had the key to the letters which Hazel had written for him fifteen years back which couldn’t be able to reach him due to some reasons. Then the story enters into the flash back of Hazel and Siddharth school days and their innocent love, with some funny friends. The sweet relationship is broken up because of some unexpected incidents happened in her life and then they were separated. They were separated by destiny and fate had some other plans stored for them after seventeen years of separation they are going to meet again. Siddharth leaves to his hometown to meet Hazel and the letters which she had left for him.
What are the letters Hazel had written for Siddharth? Do these love birds will have a happy reunion? Is it a happy ending? Who was the unknown caller? To know more read the book.
Each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story, thus making it easy for the reader to relate to them, their views, their actions and reactions.
The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he had used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book.It was nice to read a well-edited, proofread book.
The storytelling was good and narration is fine with various twists and turns throughout the book. At some points, it seems dragged and stretched a bit too far. Though the story was a little predictable at parts, it kept me engaged. There are some wonderful one liners and shayries in the book which I loved. It’s a great book which could be turned into a Bollywood movie.
My love is like ether. It will survive winds or fires, flooding waters or a barren earth. My love will exist like the fifth element.
My love will shine like the moon when the light in the lanterns fade away.
Overall Ratings – 3.5/5 Star
About the Author
Probal Mazumdar works in an IT company. He is an engineer by societal pressure, guitarist by love at first sound, singer by accident, poet by soul, writer by passion, a world-class badminton player in childhood dreams, rebel by day, recluse by night, a samosa in a family of laddoos, a Jughead at the dining table, a shameless and congenital dreamer.
Oh! An arsonist too – when his wife is not around, sets his own house on fire with his little son.
He won the FIRST prize in the All India Poetry Competition, 2014, conducted by PSI (Poetry Society of India). Click on http://www.indianpoetry.org/awardsgeneral14.htm
His other poems have risen too from cold storage into literary journals like Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Wasafiri (U.K.), Acumen (U.K.), Chandrabhaga Literary Journal (Editor Jayanta Mahapatra), Dhauli Review, among others.
He writes short stories too. “Key To My Soul” is his debut novel.