Book Review: Loves Lost by Sourabh Mukherjee

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Book Name: Loves Lost

Author: Sourabh Mukherjee

Blurb:

A teenager in a quaint Kolkata neighborhood falls in love with a girl who gets off her school bus every afternoon near his house and nurtures his love as the years pass by. A young entrepreneur turns to work and alcohol to get over the pain of losing the love of his life till she unexpectedly walks back into his arms at a party. A billboard advertisement reveals a shocking truth to a man who has lost his wife and his memory in an accident. An insecure boy fears losing an attractive girl forever when she breaks all contact with him after they have made love. As a girl nurses her broken heart, she meets a stranger on the Internet.

“Loves Lost” is a collection of five heart-warming stories with surprise endings about love lost, found, or left unprofessed in the deepest recesses of the heart.

Review:

Loves Lost is a love story collection having 5 stories. Each story is unique in its own way. There is innocence, purity, hope, jealousy, anger, realism. Sourabh Mukherjee’s stories in Loves Lost will make you fall in love with his characters and his narration style. It is like a spell that will be cast on you that will not let you leave this book midway. It will keep you hooked on to it. You will be surely lost in ‘Loves Lost’.

Nargis through my summers
Nargis through my summers is a story of a boy who is in love with a girl. He doesn’t know her real name. She has a nose like that of Bollywood actress Nargis and that’s the reason why he addresses her with that name. He sees her every day when she comes home from school. He sketches her portrait only to conclude that it is not up to that mark. He is hopelessly in love with Nargis. Is he successful in conveying his feelings to her?

My first impression of this story wasn’t very good. I thought it to be the usual ‘Bollywood’ love story about a boy stalking his love. As I read further, my impression changed completely. I felt like the protagonist and Nargis were there for real. The innocence in this story stole my heart. I never felt that I was reading. It was more like the protagonist was conversing with me. It touched my heart. A pure form of love, this story was!
Rating: 4/5 stars.

Mine Forever
The protagonist is awarded ‘The Most Successful Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. Everybody is praising him for his achievements and all, he is concerned about is Sheetal – the love of his life. For some reason, they had drifted apart and he had lost hopes of seeing her again. Has Sheetal returned for a permanent stay in his life?

Mine Forever is a kind of story that made me believe that the ‘forever-ever’ kind of love does exist. The narration is realistic. I felt connected with the protagonist and his feelings. The emotions are the striking features of this story. No matter how hard one tries, true love never dies!
Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Memories
The protagonist has had a fatal accident and has lost his wife, Kavya, and his memories. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot recollect anything. Destiny plays games with him and gives him some clues which are related to his memories. Who wins this puzzle game?

‘Love’ is a feeling which either brightens or worsens life. What happens when a pinch of jealousy, hatred, and anger is added to this sweet dish? The outcome is devasting. I liked the mystery from this story.
Rating: 4/5 stars.

The Lies We Tell Ourselves
The protagonist, Rohan is mesmerized by Saanjh, his father’s friend’s daughter. During her latest visit, he learns that he is attracted to her. And, the attraction is mutual. Rohan and Saanjh make love to each other. And then, Saanjh goes away to Bengaluru. It is when Saanjh leaves that Rohan understands that he is in love with her. What happens next?

The Lies We Tell Ourselves is a beautiful love story that will tug your heartstrings. It will remind you of your old dating days. The author has beautifully portrayed the confused feelings, the nervousness, and the things one does when in love. This story will make you go all ‘awww’. A good read and it keeps you engaged.
Rating: 4/5 stars.

Love came calling again
‘Love came calling again’ is a beautiful tale of modern-day relationships. Riya is in a relationship with Karan which ended on a bad note. She is insecure and scared and that’s when Prince Charming enters her life. Will she be able to love again?

There are many ‘Riya’s’ out in the world, whom I personally know. This story seems like the one that has happened to most of us. It’s this connection that makes this story touch those chords. Again, it’s an engaging story having simple narration.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Ratings:

Cover: 3.5/5
Stories: 4/5

My overall rating for ‘Loves Lost’ is 4/5 stars.

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