Author: Vibha Goel
Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers
Cover : 4/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 4/5
Theme : 4/5
Story : 4.5/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall : 4/5
- Ananya- The protagonist
- Advik, Ketaki- Ananya’s best friends
- Vanraaj- Ananya’s boss
How difficult it becomes for the soul to be in a raped body. The ire, the agony and the utter disgrace almost kill it. What’s left behind is a body that merely survives. “That one incident, took away my pride, my security, my virginity and my care free life..” Ananya, like any other girl, never thought it will happen to her. The world she believed in was torn apart into pieces. Rape was not the worst thing that happened to her, life had a lot more in store… She is in an unending race to find her identity back. Where will her struggle for the solace and tranquility, lead her? Will she remain a VICTIM or will she be a SURVIVOR?
The Race Unending by Vibha Goel is the story of an ordinary girl named Ananya, whose life revolves around her friends – Ketaki a.k.a. Kate, and Advik a.k.a. Aadi. All three of them are law students in Pune and have a lot of fun together. When they visit home during their fnal year vacations, Ananya faces an incident which scars her soul for life. Ananya is raped and is unable to come to terms with life. After a lot of counseling and treatment, Ananya is somewhat back to being normal and ensures that Kate & Aadi are oblivious of the happenings.
Having returned to Pune for their internship, Ananya and Ketaki join a law firm – V.Rai.Group. It is difficult for Ananya to see things as she would do earlier. Every touch, every stare and every isolation from public only scares the hell out of her. Sensing disturbance in her best friend’s behaviour, Kate realizes that something is off with Ananya, who is then compelled to blurt out the truth to Kate. Kate is understanding and supportive of her and ensures that Ananya is back to normalcy.
It is only a matter of time before Kate announces to Ananya that she has fallen for Aadi, only to realize later that it is Ananya whom Aadi likes and not her. She is crestfallen but doesn’t utter a word to Ananya. Ananya on the other hand begins to fall for her boss, Vanraaj, a dashing handsome young man. Vanraaj too feels for her but a simple physical encounter between the two is enough to spark off memories of that fateful event in Ananya’s mind and she rushes away as far as possible.
Meanwhile, Ananya is on the lookout for her elder brother who was kidnapped at the age of 5; the strange part being that there was no call for ransom, leaving a hope with Ananya and her parents that he is alive somewhere in the world. Ananya believes that she will find him one day and her hopes reach the sky when she finds similarities between her colleague Param and her lost brother. Is param her brother whom she is finding since ages? Will Ananya ever come to terms with her life and be able to fall in love once again? What will happen of Ketaki and Aadi? A million questions but just one solution – read the book and you’ll thoroughly enjoy yourself!
The only issue I had with the book was the narration style. It was sometimes in the past tense and sometimes present perfect. This simple confusion on the part of the author only leads to a bigger confusion in the mind of a reader.
Talking on social issues is always difficult for any writer for the fear of criticism. But there are a few writers who are bold enough to quill the ink and pour out their thoughts on social issues; Vibha is one of them. When I first began reading the book, I thought it to be yet another book catering to a social cause. But it was a pleasant surprise to realize that this book has catered to the cause in a different manner. The narration of emotions is intense enough for the readers to feel the protagonist’s pain. Characters, crafted to perfection, seem to speak through the words. The language is simple without any unnecessary complex words in the picture. To the point narration, smooth-flowing plot, a plethora of emotions and a complex script with twists and turns make the book a delight to read.
A heart-felt, extraordinary story of an ordinary girl (4/5)
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