Author: Santhosh Sivaraj
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
Number of Pages: 213 pages
Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who got struck at cross roads and there was no way they can run back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fear and leave the rest to destiny. Their characters was tested out of their comfort zone and it witnessed abstruse results; a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza making contest and a tennis prodigy running for his life in a war torn, bloodied Island. Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary . Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves. The Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon day story which questions an individual’s priorities, ridicules the worldly routines and finally redefines happiness. (Source: Goodreads)
We all go through terrible phases in life.. when nothing seems right and there seems to be no easy way out of it. We often give up in such cases.. sometimes we are just stuck in the race of life and do not even realize that we are losing our lives in the process. I do not know which is sadder..
Wouldn’t it be amazing if somebody pulled you right out of it? Not in the easy way though.. In this book, five men from different spheres of life find their calling.. having faced extremities and wringing themselves to the point of no return.. to the point where to survive is the only option.
The format of “The Blue Moon Day” is quite interesting. Five short stories come together in the end with a short chapter that concludes it beautifully. All the stories were touching in their own ways but my heart lies with the last two.. “The Storyteller” and “The Heaven”. The letters in “The Storyteller” deserve a special mention. One of the stories in the book felt a little weak, but only in comparison.
The language is easy and fast-flowing but the content isn’t light. The author requests that the book be read slowly so that each story may be imbibed properly. So, I feel it is totally up to the readers to go in the pace that is comfortable for them.
Most of us aren’t lucky enough to meet such a person who will magically show us the right direction and give meaning to our lives. However, if we look closely, we may find that little push or motivation to get us going.
Have you been through/ witnessed any such magical journey? Tell me in the comments below!
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~~I was sent a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review. All views expressed here are completely my own~~