Title– Les just not be only friendz
Author– Vikash Sharma
Publisher– Creative Keeda Publications
No. of pages– 276
Les just not be only friendz (1) is based on relationships and various phases of a graduate student’s life. The novel is set in Noida (NCR) in the time-period of 2009 – 2011.
The novel tells the story of a young, average performer and simple middle-class guy, who in desperate bid to not join his father’s profession of selling mechanical spare parts in a small town, comes to Delhi after graduation to study in a Film school, hoping to make it big and become successful in a short time span.
Aakash opts to stay with his old school friend Dhiru and his trouble making friends, who were perusing engineering from Noida. Before he could sink with the feel of Delhi NCR, he falls for a girl named Neha and finds him swept away by love and varied emotions. Dhiru does not like the progress in Aakash and Neha’s blooming relationship and consistently tries to act as second fiddle.
In order to save his friendship with Dhiru and in seeking Neha’s love, Aakash goes through various troublesome phases, which test him over time and eventually changes him from a shy and simple person to a completely different kind.
Towards the end, in order to prove his true love to Neha, Aakash accidentally ends up doing something that he had never dreamed of. The incident terribly jeopardizes their relationship. Will they ever get back to each other?
No, It’s not entirely a romantic story of panic stricken Aakash and confusedly demanding Neha,
Yes. It’s an amalgamation of intricate relationships, set in modern times, focusing towards the trials and tribulations of average, but true lovers. It’s an endearing tale of veritable friendship and love in its ever changing colors.
Les just not be only friendz (1) is the first book of its trilogy with the succeeding two books pending to be written and/or published. This book is just another youth romance, nothing unusual but hey, this is what our world is…. usual stuffs :).
The title of the book has altered spelled words, I don’t understand the point, maybe the point is to point at those youths who write everything on social media with altered words and billions of stupid #hashtags. So, it’s clear now but I didn’t like this alteration. But the title conveys what the book is about, so that’s “thumbs up”. The subtitle is good too.
Now the cover. It’s catchy but doesn’t mean its good, it’s really not. Moreover, the warm color dominates over the subtitle and blurb (at back) making it quite hard to be read.
The story is itself as thin as a 10 rupees dairy milk and should not have exceeded 100 pages but somehow the author made it in 270 pages **coughs**. The book is really really lengthy with repetitiveness, challenging my patience to the extreme. Also, there were so many slang words beeped in the book which was a bit irritating to me. There were conversations written in Hindi language keeping the originalness of the book but they were too many and may cause disturbance to non-hindi speakers. There were also some grammatical mistakes but those didn’t cause any disruption. The protagonist, Akash, I think, portrays the mindset of the author himself as there were some moral philosophical statements throughout the novel which who else can give other than the person bearing it. One of those statements begs us to change the way we look at prostitutes. I’ll say that its really good of him (the author) to include such things, so a thumb up here too :).
Now I think I have only been covering the negatives of the book and I beg pardon for this. This book also has many positives, like the story itself, the college life and the portrayal of modern love stories and friendship in the midst. The book is interesting enough to make me turn pages and with all the negatives, I am waiting for the sequels, curiously.
The first half of the novel introduces Akash, covers his family background and other things, nicely where the second half is a bit less repetitive which is a good thing.
The book could have been a lot better, especially by precise words and excluding some irrelevant things. At the end, I’ll say it’s a worth read and rate it 2 stars out of 5.
I recommend it to people who are looking for a novel on college life, youth romance, and friendship. It really sums up all these three nicely.