Review of Of Aakash and Aarti by Dr. Govind Sharma

Rating: 3.5/5

When Dr. Govind Sharma contacted me requesting to review his latest work, a book aimed for youngsters I was excited and immediately agreed to it. This is the fourth book of the author I’m reviewing and being a person familiar with his work I was eagerly waiting for the books arrival in hostel.

Of Aakash and Aarti, Govind Sharma’s fourth book is different from his previous ones  but as usual ends with a positive message. He has continued his short and simplistic writing style which has been a delight for me, making his books light and breezy. This one sheds light on drug use among the youngsters ruining them and those who love them. The message of this book is loud and clear “Say No To Drugs” but how the author conveys it is what makes this book special.

This book is a fast-paced gripping fictional tale of Aakash, a city slicker forced to flee back to his native due to problems of drug addiction and Aarti a sweet, simple village girl fighting family’s poverty single handily with big dreams to pursuit. Aakash was born in a family of priests of the Somani temple of Rajapur but had lost parents at an early age. He was raised by his relatives and his lonely teenage made him take the path of drugs. The other protagonist was Aarti a shrewd and very practical girl from a poor family. She tasted the bitter truth of the society and was ready to take any extreme step necessary to evade poverty. The plot is set in Rajapur, the protagonists met here as schoolmates, and from there their journey takes a rollercoaster ride. As the plot develops things get bitter, Aakash-Aarti get separated and destiny brings them together again in Kashi, but this time its too late for Aarti to save Aakash. Or is it? 

The author has built up the plot in such a way that it is close to the reality where we do not realise our mistakes until we are neck deep in trouble. It also throws light on how lack of attention given to children could potentially risk their life and destroys relationships. The characters in the plot are well written giving them a depth that helps you immerse in the plot. Another important thing I noticed is that the author has given a great attention to ensure every character’s life is eventful making them crucial to the story line. The book also throws light to how drug cartels debt traps you into selling drugs.  I also loved the idea how the author included the demonetisation event into the main plot to decide the fate of Mr. Basant making the plot even more realistic. This book have definitely proved that with each book Govind Sharma is stepping up his league.

Overall, it is a good read. Highly recommended especially for those looking for a light read. 

ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.


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