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Book Review: 'When the heavens smiled' by Ritesh Arora

Publisher: Srishti Publishers

Published: October 2015

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 168

Language: Simple and down to earth.

Themes: Never give up (Determination to hold on), Life intertwined with suffering, Faith, God, Paranormal identities, Helping nature in the time of need.

Do you know? Reading love stories has become very common and to me it is almost a routine. But what stands out in this novel by Ritesh Arora is his style of portraying characters and their relation to each other. I have a difficulty in reconciling with him with regard to the description of the characters. The author could have still done good if he had dealt elaborately with certain characters, rather than introducing a huge lot and forgetting them. The author has also brought out his themes in a clear and emphatic tone.

I had no qualms while reading this novel. I had a spiritual experience giving me openings to different ways of thinking.

Thus the story basis on an unexplored platform of love, concern, determination and passion towards others and life.

Hats off to the author for this piece.

Blurb Sarthak Arora is a good looking and intelligent engineering graduate from Delhi who has recently bagged a high paying job with an IT company in Kolkata.

Sarangi Sen is a beautiful, vivacious Bengali girl working as a front office manager at The Grand Vilas, a luxury hotel in Kolkata.

Opposites in every way, the attraction is instant and mutual; so is their falling in love, though it remains unprofessed for long.

When things seem to be falling on track, like a bolt from the blue, Sarangi is diagnosed with a medical condition that leaves her with only three months to live. With no visible solution at hand, nothing but fate seems to be holding power. Would Sarthak be able to alter Sarangi’s destiny and save his love? Or would he let Sarangi succumb to the design of the mighty invisible script of fate?

When the Heavens Smiled is a heart-stopping spiritual, heroic, tender and intense love story that will open up your mind to new and uncharted realms of life.

About The Author Ritesh Arora is an author and columnist (Speaking tree, The Times of India) and works as a management consultant with a global business consulting firm. He was born in Rishikesh and has travelled extensively around the globe. He did his B.Tech from Punjab technical University and is an IIM Calcutta alumnus. Being an avid reader, he has a large personal library at home. He loves singing and is ready for a game of table tennis any time.

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