We Weren't Lovers Like That Epub ´ Lovers Like


  • Hardcover
  • We Weren't Lovers Like That
  • Navtej Sarna
  • English
  • 02 March 2018
  • 0143029614

10 thoughts on “We Weren't Lovers Like That

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    It is better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all, they say But those who have loved and lost will tell you a different story, andoften than not , it will be that its better to not love at all than to lose a loved one Losing a loved one to death would probably be much easier in one angle You at least know that they were yours in living But losing a loved one due to circumstances and situations, well. that could be painful You know the other person is living, and is no It is better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all, they say But those who have loved and lost will tell you a different story, andoften than not , it will be that its better to not love at all than to lose a loved one Losing a loved one to death would probably be much easier in one angle You at least know that they were yours in living But losing a loved one due to circumstances and situations, well. that could be painful You know the other person is living, and is not yours, and you will be in a quagmire of what ifs But then, if you ask me, I d say the person rather be living somewhere than be mine and dead He She is at least alive, but that s a purely personal opinion Aftab , the main protagonist of this book is an example of this The pain a person goes through at having lost a loved one due to circumstances Most of them created by himself because of his weak character And as he is making the long train journey from Delhi to Haridwar, he is letting his mind do the inevitable, dreadful journey into the land of what ifs And dwells in it Thinking about all the times he spent with his love, and wondering how she lived after him, poring into the smallest of the details and killing himself bit by bit in that process.I have read great reviews about this book, by some of my friends on GoodReads, whose reviews on genres I read I highly trust, which is the reason why I picked up this book after the initial hesitation of reading an Indian author The past few outings with Indian authors haven t been really pleasant, and I have been lamenting on the death of Indian literature in English, what with every writer trying to get his movie in the hit list and thus sell it for a huge sum of money to one of the Bollywood production houses I can blame Chetan Bhagat for this downfall of quality Indian English literature, its even easy because I hate him, his books and his writing But then, lets face it, the talent is not really there That s what I told myself.Atleast till I read this book I loved Navtej Sarna s style of writing Really elaborate, flowery, beautiful and a yet a lot of room for imagination It was a pleasure to read the chapters he wrote about Aftab mulling about his lost love, and recounting those beautiful days It filled my heart with a wonderful flowery feeling, which does not happen often And I loved it But then, that was about it I am not a great fan of this book A fan of the author, yes, but not the book, and it doesn t have anything to do with the author or the book or the plot itself I detest books which have weak characters as main protagonists, and that s just me I know it takes people of all kinds to make a world, and so it is within the book world too But for some reason, Aftab came across as really a loser A helpless, pathetic, passive aggressive kinda person, who did nothing all his life but live per others wishes And I hate such characters But then again, it is a testimony to the good job the author did in portraying a regular person as a weakling and still retaining the flavour of a love story One thing is for sure, if you have loved, or lost a loved one, then you will love the particular chapters where Aftab is talking about his Ro If you have not fallen in love yet, you will want to read this and imagine this is how you would feel if you were in love.Pick up this book by all means if you love reading a nice romantic story Pick it up if you love to read a beautiful, flowery , free flowing elegy of someone s love.Read this for the pure joy of reading That s all.Do not pick it up if you judge the book or the author by its characters, or if you are looking for a strong protagonist My Rating 3.5 out of 5 But I ll make it a 4, purely for the joy of reading, and the two nights it sailed me through


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    About time this book got a decent review, a review that it deservesWe Weren t Lovers Like Thatwas a book I discovered in my favourite book shop in Shimla and what drew me to this book was its diction, which I, being a sucker for poetry, immediately fell in love with Much to my misfortune, I had no money to buy it that day and by the next day, the book was already sold.Not less than three months later, my friend was reading a book which she claimed she read every winter and she actual About time this book got a decent review, a review that it deservesWe Weren t Lovers Like Thatwas a book I discovered in my favourite book shop in Shimla and what drew me to this book was its diction, which I, being a sucker for poetry, immediately fell in love with Much to my misfortune, I had no money to buy it that day and by the next day, the book was already sold.Not less than three months later, my friend was reading a book which she claimed she read every winter and she actually does For some strange and inexplicable reason, I didn t bother about the book or its title and when she read out the small quote in the beginning of novel, I failed miserably at appreciating its beauty Little did I know that it was the very book I had been looking for, the very book that I had almost picked up and couldn t own It was only a year later, while discussing Indian authors that I mentioned, in passing, to the same friend thatWe Weren t Lovers Like Thatand how badly I wanted to read it but couldn t find it anywhere Well, what can I say So close and yet so far Anyway, about the book now I won t go on writing about how amazingly poetic Navtej Sarna is He is not poetic, he s just faithful to the genes he inherited from his parentsAnd the book I loved the book The language used, the scenes developed are so autobiographical that it comes across as someone s real story a suggestion the author strongly denies.Anyone who has loved and lost will relate to the book in ways that cannot be explained Anyone who hasn t lost loved ones yet, will experience the pain through this book It is like the book talks to you almost like a living, breathing personShould you read it Why, of course, you should This isn t a conventional love story like that, afterall


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    This is a book narrated in first person by a protagonist who prefers to live in the past, reminscing about past loves and his life slipping by, as he is on a train journey from Delhi to Dehradun.The tone is introspective and melancholy, the narrative is rambling and high on persecutory delusions, yet the book grabs at you with its raw emotions and promises of second chances.I see myself re reading it for the lyrical prose and descriptions of the train journey from Delhi to Dehradun, the yawning This is a book narrated in first person by a protagonist who prefers to live in the past, reminscing about past loves and his life slipping by, as he is on a train journey from Delhi to Dehradun.The tone is introspective and melancholy, the narrative is rambling and high on persecutory delusions, yet the book grabs at you with its raw emotions and promises of second chances.I see myself re reading it for the lyrical prose and descriptions of the train journey from Delhi to Dehradun, the yawning and nearly empty Rispana river bed, the lights of Mussoorie, East Canal road, the roads running next to Parade Ground, and the shops on Chakrata road a twisted suicide alley that divides the city into two, in the author s words.Rating details 3.5 rounded up to 4 due to Dehradun nostalgia and shared Alma mater with the author


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    This is a book set in Delhi at the turn of this century, butthan that it is set in the memories of the protagonist, Aftab Chandra Ostensibly, you accompany Aftab on a train journey from Delhi to Dehradun, but as you turn the last page, you feel as if you have watched from the sidelines as he goes back and forth between the past, present and future You find yourself struggling to match his sometimes feverish, sometimes despondent pace as he looks back on the choices he has hitherto made, This is a book set in Delhi at the turn of this century, butthan that it is set in the memories of the protagonist, Aftab Chandra Ostensibly, you accompany Aftab on a train journey from Delhi to Dehradun, but as you turn the last page, you feel as if you have watched from the sidelines as he goes back and forth between the past, present and future You find yourself struggling to match his sometimes feverish, sometimes despondent pace as he looks back on the choices he has hitherto made, the people he has loved and lost, the places he has called his own Aftab has just been abandoned by his wife of fourteen years, setting in motion the unravelling and eventual gathering of his life over the course of the story.The writing would resonate with most readers, the keen observations delighting and disturbing in turn It is evocative of upper middle class India and its joys and travails, from when life was quieter As the protagonist yearns for the India of his childhood, you cannot help but do the same However, there are moments when a sense of desultoriness descends on you and you have to take frequent breaks before you continue Overall, a restful read with no pretensions to drama, the perfect companion for a rainy evening


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    I like books where the protagonist is not an all around hero The protagonist here is actually a bit of an average joe, if not a sad sack, but this actually adds to the appeal of the book I wasn t sure what to make of the end, but how else could it have ended.


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We Weren't Lovers Like That At the start of the new millennium, Aftab s life came undone He turned forty, and his wife of fourteen years left him for another man, taking their only child with her Now he is on a train to Dehradun, the town of his childhood, doing the one thing he feels he is still good at running away As he looks back on his imperfect past, crowded with personal and professional compromises, only a slim hope saves him from despair perhaps this flight will give him a second chance to reclaim a long lost love that could have been his, had he the courage of his convictions And then he can start afresh With uncommon sensitivity and a rare understanding of human emotions, Navtej Sarna has produced a poignant account of a life of missed opportunities and approximate loves


About the Author: Navtej Sarna

Navtej Sarna is an Indian author columnist, and diplomat, who is the present Indian Ambassador to Israel.He was born in Jalandhar, India to noted writer in Punjabi, Mohinder Singh Sarna, and passed out of the 1980 Class of Indian Foreign Service Before holding this post, he was Joint Secretary for external publicity at the Ministry of External Affairs MEA , since October 2002, and holds the distinction of being the longest serving spokesperson of the ministry, and served two prime ministers, three foreign ministers and four foreign secretaries, till the end of his term in September, 2008.Previously as a diplomat served in Moscow, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Teheran and Washington, DC.He also writes short stories, and book reviews His first novel published was We Weren t Lovers Like That in 2003, followed by The Book of Nanak in the same year, his latest, The Exile , published in 2008, is based on the life of Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of Lahore, and son Raja Ranjit Singh Currently, Zafarnama , an epistle of victory written to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, has been translated by him into English from Persian.