Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review-Probal Mazumdar's Key To My Soul

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Probal Mazumdar


"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..."

My Honest Review:

          Key To My Soul is a typical coming of age love story of Sidd Banerjee and Hazel Castelinos.

          It’s a romantic story which starts in present, takes you back to the protagonists past, where they got acquainted, fall in love but fate separates them. Their journey after that, under what circumstances they meet again, will they get together or will fate deliver another blow, is what the story is all about.

          What caught my eye was the title of the story and its relevant use in bringing out the real essence of the story as well as the title.

          Excellent story weaving by the debutant author, who keeps the reader hooked to the story. While reading the letters you can actually feel the pain of the protagonist, you experience the love and serene surrounding of Jamshedpur. The only flaw I would like to mention is why Sidd felt fleeced by the lawyer in his divorce case. The details are not mentioned even though the author has covered all the aspects of life like before and after Hazel but left this point out. If this detail was mentioned, it would have added little more power to Sidd’s story.

          Other than this missing point in the story, the book is worth a read, medium paced, romantic story with little hint of mystery but well developed characters and situations.

          Key to my Soul is a story of true love which faces the ups and downs blown by fate and still ends up with a happy note. Kudos to the writer, whose poems added extra oomph to the otherwise beautiful story. 
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About the author

Probal Mazumdar works in an IT company. He is an NIT engineer by societal pressure, singer by accident, guitarist by love at first sound, 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

His other poems have risen too from cold storage into literary journals like Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Wasafiri (U.K. Vol. 67), Acumen (U.K.), OtherPoetry (U.K.), Chandrabhaga Literary Journal (Editor Jayanta Mahapatra), Dhauli Review, amongst others.

He writes short stories too. This is his first foray into writing a novel.

The Title of the Book is “Key To My Soul.”

The entire plot and story of the novel hinges on these words of the Title. Once the protagonist, Sidd, finds out the Key, he enters the Soul of his long lost beloved. The words, “Key to my Soul” is also a phrase used by his beloved in a letter to him which is the axis the story revolves around.

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