Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review - When She Smiled


Mrityunjoy Roy is a fifteen year old Bengali who has spent the last ten years of his life growing up in Shimla. While his family is academically oriented, he wants something more.

Finally he meets Akanksha in school, who turns his world upside down with her gorgeous looks and mind boggling smile.

As fate would have it, she joins his tuition, and thus begins the torrid year of puppy love, romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and self-discovery. Set among the scenic Shivalik hills of Shimla when mobile phones and internet were non-existent, this is a story of how an average young teenager comes to terms with his destiny.

About author

Ritoban Chakrabarti is an entrepreneur, Internet Marketer, Author, Avid Movie Buff and Producer. Ritoban is an entrepreneur who ran an internet marketing company for five years, before trying his hand at writing. His first novel, When She Smiled, is a coming-of-age fiction released in December 2014. He is an avid traveller, and believes in a life without boundaries.


The book starts with the teenager’s description about his current day and few of his past experiences, which few might find it bit slow-paced. His description of the 1st day of school where he has returned after a gap of 2 years, his giving tough time to his mom, his bonding with his siblings, etc touches a cord, as all have gone through that phase. Like all academically oriented parents, who want their kids to excel in academics like them while kids want to do something different, Mrityunjoy Roy, the protagonist struggles to meet up his parents expectations and also lead life of his own.

Akanksha, the most beautiful girl, he has ever laid eyes on enters his life and he is captivated by her beauty and dimpled smile. His life turns topsy-turvy as he tries all possible ways to impress her.

What I liked most is the simple way the book describes a teenager life, his emotions, his struggles, his grief, his confusion, in other words all the emotions that usually creates turmoil in a regular teenager’s life. This story is set in era where having a car or eating in hotel was a luxury, where internet and mobiles were not existent, where kids from rich and wealthy families were given pocket money and where importance was given to academics rather than extra-curricular activities. The ending of story, especially was what I liked the most, as it is different from all the usual ‘love stories’ and that justifies the title of the book “When she Smiled”.

What I initially didn't like was the first few pages, which appeared to be bit slow-paced. But otherwise the book is a good read, which takes us back to era where life was not that mechanical, where technology has not taken precedence over humans, where family values were important.

Book name: When She Smiled
Author: Ritoban Chakrabarti
Total number of pages: 217
Cost: Rs 215
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
ISBN No 978-93-84878-25-2

Published By: Notion Press

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