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Book Review #86: The Ribbon Trap

Author: Shine Syamaladevi

Pages: 271
Publisher: LiFi Publishers
Cover design: Geetali

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3/5
Theme : 4/5
Story : 3.5/5
Characters : 4/5
Value for money: 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5

  • Characters:
  1. Smita- The protagonist
  2. Krishnaprem- Smita’s love and husband via childhood marriage
  3. Suneel- Krishnaprem’s best friend
  4. Anand, Shuklaji, Mamta- Krishnaprem’s colleagues.
  5. Ramakant, Sriram- Smita’s colleagues
  • Blurb:

Smita asks the question a thousand times, when an unexpected incident devastates her life. Then, she was not ‘any other’ girl. Smita soars from the ashes of her past, to reclaim her life. The more she went ahead, darker the world become. And there was no light at the end of the tunnel. Smita had to fight the battle, alone… Alone. For her. For her love. For her life.

  • Review:

The Ribbon trap by Shine Syamaladevi is a very unique story of a girl named Smita. The plot begins with the prologue wherein a man murders another. The story begins with Krishnaprem’s description of his office in Madras, his colleague Karthik and his girlfriend Smita, and his transfer to Delhi. On his first day at Delhi, he learns that Shuklaji is interested in the canteen lady, Asha bai, and she too reciprocates his feelings. Later in the evening he is attacked by two vendors in Chandni Chowk but he fights for his life and teaches them a lesson. His Delhi office experience with Anand – the madman, Shuklaji – an old soul, and Mamta – his love interest moves on very well. Soon, he realizes a few things about Anand, including the fact that although he is married, he still makes every attempt at every girl he comes across to get them to bed; his latest interest being Mamta. Mamta, however, falls for Krishnaprem who soon proposes her. Together they roam around the India gate and read a number of names inscribed on the sand stones — 90,000 in all! When Mamta is attacked upon by four goons, Krishnaprem saves her and falls unconscious in the end. That is when the story takes a turn.

The story moves to Smita, who is apparently suffering from mental illness. The background of Smita and Krishnaprem’s story is revealed in bouts. Their love hailed back to childhood wherein they had a pseudo-marriage one day at their village temple. Krishnaprem is an orphan and is required to leave hostel as soon as he turns eighteen. He takes it as a challenge and clears the Staff Selection Exam in his first attempt itself. Soon he is posted to Madras on Indian Government Service. When Smita’s parents learn about their marriage, Smita assures them that she wouldn’t let it affect her studies and in turn her career. She is three years younger to Krishnaprem and soon clears the IAS exam. She is posted to Coimbatore and proves her mettle. She gives her best shot at every single activity / task assigned to her.

But then what is that incident which makes her lose interest in life? Why does she only want to die? Do Mamta, Anand, Karthik, Shuklaji really exist? These are only a few questions of the many that were running through my mind and kept me at the edge of the seat throughout. The climax sent shrills down my spine and I was in awe of the script! Wonderful effort by Shine!

  • Let-downs:

The prologue, first 5 chapters and the rest of them seem very disconnected from each other till the climax. It was a little confusing also because of a lot of back and forth in the time duration. There were a few instances where Mamta was referred to as Smita which made it a bit difficult to understand the plot.

  • Appreciations:

A very unique plot with perfect descriptions is the charm of this book. It is often difficult for the author to justify a large number of characters in the script — they are mostly left behind when the main plot moves ahead. But Shine has done an amazing work by pulling off the justification of every character very well. The narration style is very different and will definitely attract the readers. It will keep them hooked to the book till the very end. Near perfect editing, grammar and vocabulary make the book a simple and delightful read.

  • Verdict:

An intriguing story which will entice you to live life to the fullest (3.5/5)

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