Author: Pramit Sarkar
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
Cover design: Ammol Karambe
Cover : 2/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 2.5/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 3/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 3/5
- Gabriel- The protagonist
- Rimi- The protagonist
- Sneha- Gabriel’s adopted daughter
“…the day we face each other, she will be sorry; sorry for rendering me emotionally impotent. And that will be my victory.” Their blazing courtship was nearing marriage, before fate played its vicious card. Rimi dumped Gabriel and married the choice of her family but Gabriel decided to remain single. Why did Rimi take such a drastic decision? How did Gabriel keep up his single hood? Did they meet again or did fate succeed in keeping them apart? How does Sneha fit into the picture? Crafted with the characteristic flavors of Bengal, THE LAST SURGE brings you the tale of an ace football player turned relationship counselor and what made this protagonist a great brother, a greater father and an even greater romantic.
“The Last Surge” by Pramit Sarkar is the love story of Gabriel Hopkins and Rimi Chakraborty with the plot setup in Kolkata. After Rimi’s parents’ death, she lived with her mother’s sister’s family. Her uncle’s younger brother considered Rimi as his daughter and she too lovingly called him “baba”. Gabriel and Rimi’s cousin Shayok were football players for different teams. For one of their matches, Rimi steals Gabriel’s shoes so as to prevent him from playing and ensure that her brother’s team wins the game. When Gabriel sets on a mission to find his offender, he accidentally bumps into Rimi. Not knowing that she is the offender he is looking out for, he falls for her. But even after realizing that Rimi had stolen his shoes to make her brother win the game, he is unable to understand his feelings for her. The obvious reaction for him would be to get angry, but he is unable to understand why that wasn’t the case with him. How much ever he tried, he couldn’t get angry with her. Finally his sister Esabelle makes him realize that the feelings he is going through is called Love! And hence the conversation between Rimi and Gabriel got initiated through letter writing. It was an easy transition into a relationship and Gabriel decided to introduce her to his parents. Fearing that his parents might not like her, she agrees to meet just his sister. But on the D-day, her uncle falls ill and she prefers staying at home to be with the family.
Later Rimi’s marriage gets fixed but she is adamant on marrying Gabriel only. Taking this as an offence, her uncle and aunt start disregarding her and at the same time her baba falls ill and eventually dies. Giving in to her family’s situations and their expectations from her, she decides to marry her family’s choice. Gabriel on the other hand is unable to accept her infidelity and decides not to get married ever after failing in his attempt of curbing his love for Rimi by resorting to lust with a prostitute. Many years later when Sneha gets to know the entire story of her father from Esabelle, she ensures that Gabriel and Rimi meet atleast once to sort out their decades old differences and clear their misunderstanding. The climax will make you anticipate the obvious but the actual story will turn out completely differently.
Amazing vocabulary and perfect grammar. Sketching the entire list of all characters at the beginning of the book was very thoughtful of Pramit. The explanation of every relation’s word used in Hindi / Bengali language will be helpful to readers who are unaware of the words. Awesome use of metaphor for almost everything. Feelings have been portrayed really well. The flow of the plot is good and the turn of events so as to maintain a tinge of anticipation on what will happen next is commendable.
There were a few times when the narration was absurd, as in it would become difficult to understand what exactly was going on in the plot, especially at the beginning of a particular scene, which negatively affected the narration style and connection with the readers. The end is a little abrupt, it could have been improvised by choosing a different course for the plot but eventually ending the story in the same way – but then again, it is my personal opinion and someone else might feel otherwise. 🙂
Typical Bollywood style story-line, a good read. (3/5)
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