Reviews of Dream’s Sake
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My very first thought on reading the first page of Dream’s Sake was, ‘Finally an author I can recommend to those who ask me which Indian author they should read.’
On blog Turning Pages, Pushing Pencil, Tapping Keyboard:
What definitely distinguishes Jyoti’s book from some of the other love stories I have read or seen is her ability to transport the reader so effectively to the virtual world of her own and the manner in which each central character of the book starts growing on you with each page turn. Priyam, Abhi, Aashi, Sid, Raj all emerge as convincing characters. Almost real! The end came as a surprise to me though. Her portrayal of half a dozen characters is subtle yet powerful, and the ability to convey feelings effortless which according to me, stands out as the most impressive facet of her writing. Articulation of emotions through the multiple twists and turns is very persuasive and succeeds in invoking a variety of emotions. I wouldn’t want to disclose its details. But without meaning to criticise the ending, I do wonder if it could have been different. Why did she think of this kind of end? I hope to chat with her about it someday soon.
There is certain amount of simplicity and innocence about the way she writes which almost induces you to trust and accept what she writes. I liked her free flowing style combined with a selection of simple but suitable vocabulary.
Friendship, love and the will to survive despite all odds forms the basis of this novel. For a debut novel, Jyoti has indeed done a good job…
The beauty of the book lies in the way it is written. The story may seem clichéd but Jyoti’s prowess as a writer takes higher hand – the poetic verses at the beginning of every chapter and her ability to get the reader into the skin of the characters and connect with them keeps the pages flipping.
“Dream’s Sake” is the dream of the author and we must say she has dreamt well. Read the book to find out whose dreams are fulfilled and whose dreams aren’t. For all you know, you may find yourself to be one of the protagonists of the book.
On blog Between The Lines:
‘Dream’s Sake‘, the title, with its dreamy cover picture is a total misfit to all the content that is there between the covers of the book. Frankly speaking, for me, ‘Dream’s Sake‘ by Jyoti Arora was a total surprise package, helping me to believe all over again in the much said proverb ‘don’t judge a book by its cover‘.
‘Dream’s Sake‘, with major protagonists Aashi, Priyam, Abhi, Sid and Raj, is a story about friendship and love, where the protagonists fight dark clouds in one or the other point in their lives. But at the end of all, they all stay afloat by means of chasing their dreams, except one. Abhi, Priyam’s brother, as portrayed by the author, can be easily said to be one of the most powerful (in a different way) characters in Indian novels of recent times. He has seen life from a distance very few does. Being an orphan from a very young age, Abhi has been the pillar of support for his younger sister Priyam. Life has forced him to take up responsibilities when he was young enough to play around and enjoy. And that invariably has made him a strong willed, mature individual, who banks of his subtle senses to enjoy life, to love others and be loved. The ending of ‘Dream’s Sake‘ is not something all the readers will like a novel of such calibre to end, but if pondered over in solitude, it can be realised to be one of the logically ways to carve out the ending. It’s upto the author as to how he/she decides to do justice to the character that is her brainchild, and in the context of this novel, Jyoti Arora deserves respect for taking such a hard decision to keep the integrity of the storyline intact.
Writing: ‘Dream’s Sake‘ by Jyoti Arora can be a perfect example of the power of writing, by virtue of which a rather cliched storyline can be totally transformed and presented to the readers as a superb reading experience. Very simple use of words, less of complex or compund sentences, fluent portrayal of events – these are one of the many brighter sides of Jyoti’s writing skills.
On Blog Saddi Delhi:
“Dream’s Sake is a page from life: the life that Aashi, Abhi, Priyam and Siddharth live, a life that has much to borrow from and much owed to the days gone past. Though in them can be spotted people we meet in the bus, at coffee shops and fancy malls of glass, they all live in the sort of turmoil that has become inseparable from our convoluted metropolis. Aashi, a romantic twenty something who comes to live in a rented house with her mother, believes in a world of happy, if myopic, endings. When her stars collide with Abhi and Priyam’s – orphaned siblings who have always lived in a world devoid of bubblegum goodness – differences are certain. What is not certain is the course their lives eventually take. Likewise Siddharth, the son of a rich business tycoon, also walks a meandering course. The permanence of his love for Priyam, it seems, is wary of the equal if not more hard-pressing love for his dead mother. And life, in dishing out episode after episode of take-your-pick doesn’t help at all…”(more…)
Reviews sent to my mail:
I have just finished reading ‘Dream’s Sake’.
You have created an elaborate plot, with absorbing sub-plots, your detailing is touching, the characters are real, one can live their feelings, and feel sad when they come across misery.
Discerning readers will appreciate your work.
I look forward to read many more of your works in times to come.
Reviews from Goodreads:
It’s a story about 4 friends, a couple of love stories entwined together, with some triangles thrown in too. Abhi’s character is likeable, his sister Priyam is too goody good. Sid, love of Priyam and child-hood friend of Abhi, is a volatile guy! Major surprise is the characterization of Aashi and Raj. Was able to make some sense of Aashi’s negative shades in order to achieve her dreams, but Raj’s total turn-about towards the end was totally unexpected.
I have read Mill on the Floss a long time ago, don’t evn remember the story, but this one reminded me of it.
Though not my forte, nevertheless I enjoyed the book – maybe because it was quite different.
I feel this book will appeal to all those romantics at heart who love good tragedies, with sweet and bitter endings.
It was a nice read. The characters were brought out well…found Abhi and Priyam too good to be true..Somehow liked Sid the most he was a bit crazy yes- but he acted how he felt…which I liked! The climax was a little disturbing though…all of us r so used to reading happy endings …but I guess any other end wouldnt have been justified. Overall, a good read
Reviews from Flipkart:
Its a beautifully written book of so many dreams, their clashes, emotional struggles.
The narration is so strong that there are situations where you can feel hatred for a character and there are situations where you feel their helplessness. Such is the simplicity of the story that while I was reading this book, I felt as if these characters were right in front of my eyes. I felt their turmoils, their confusions.
This is a book which should be read by everyone who dares to dream. This is a book for everyone who dares to love. This is a book for everyone who has hopes! This is a book to dream for dream’s sake.
Intense! Moving. Really a gripping tale of love and friendship. The writing is smooth and polished…the characters all memorable…I could not pull them out of my mind for several days after finishing the book. A must read if you like love stories.
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