A Pluperfect Gift – Book Review – No Spoilers
A Pluperfect Gift by author Shalabh Bansal is a special read for more than a few reasons. It is a unique narration of Samar and Arisha’s love story and their journey through the formative years of their relationship right through to a very touching outcome. The reader’s perspective and state-of-mind however, places the outcome at various different and relative emotional conclusions. There’s no doubting the fact that different readers will interpret and connect with the climax differently.
The author’s roots are glaringly stark throughout this book with the simplicity and the humility of the settings. This is a read that doesn’t paint lavish pictures to appeal to one’s emotions, rather keeps it simple, sweet and manages to squeeze a tear or two every few chapters. While it is a work of fiction, its hard to miss the many references to everyday happenings. Whether or not they were or are a part of the author’s life is a guessing game, but rest assured, practically every reader will end up connecting to the story line at some point or the other.
A Pluperfect Gift, or a ‘better than perfect’ gift is an emotional book, deep and meaningful, not very long and split into crisp chapters which makes this the perfect travel and/or weekend read.