Title– Unns: The Captivation
Author– Sapan Saxena
Publisher– Inspire India Publishers
Number of pages– 244
Price– 189 INR
“Of course you know about the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?”
Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim.
Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission…
Are they in control of their own destiny, or its their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love.
A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.
Starting from the title, Unns is an urdu word and is the second stage of love, i.e., the stage of the infatuation of the seven stages of love which has been described well in the book.
The cover is beautiful and that’s what attracted me towards picking up this book. The royal blue rose on the cover has an important role in the book as well.
Coming to the book itself, it is of course romance themed with a chill of mystery and suspense. The story starts with the protagonist Atharva narrating his cute high school love story with Meher through his diary. This high school romance ends when Meher breaks up with him because her parents find out about them. But then they meet again 15 years later in Germany and seeing Meher again, Atharva comes to discover that he is still in love with her. They break apart here again but only to meet again in Boston after another 12 years and that’s what the blurb says “or its their destiny which is making dance on its tunes? “. And did I tell you that Atharva is a RAW agent now which gives a vibe of the Bollywood movie “Ek Tha Tiger” only by coming to know this? However, it poses no similarity to that movie. The chapters of the book have been creatively named after the seven stages of love. The first half of the book may sound similar to other books of the same genre and maybe can get you a little bore if you’re not much into adolescence romance. Thereafter, its a page-turner, it captivates you and I read the whole second half at one go in my bed at night.
I, personally, liked the mysterious character of Meher more than the optimistic character of Atharva, and its because I found some loopholes in Atharva’s character too i.e., his carelessness after being a trained RAW agent. Also, a little more in-depth description of characters would have done better.
The language used is simple, thus making it an easy read even for beginners, though there are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. The writing style is good but has some loopholes causing some disturbance while reading, editing could have been much better. Another drawback is that the book is a little predictive.
At the conclusion, editing and writing style ruined the book but still its worth a read. I rate it 3 stars out of 5 and strongly recommend you if you enjoy love stories.
Brought up in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, Sapan Saxena did B. Tech in Information & Technology from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.
He started taking interest in writing on various spiritual and mythological subjects during his college days and his work found place in leading newspapers on many occasions. His profession is engineering but writing is his passion. He connects and finds links of modernization with mythology having keen interest in the same.
Sapan married in the year 2011 and is now the proud father of a toddler. A responsible father, a loving husband, a supportive brother and a caring son, Sapan generates time to write.
P.S.- This book has been provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for an honest review.