We Weren't Lovers Like That Epub ´ Lovers Like


  • Hardcover
  • We Weren't Lovers Like That
  • Navtej Sarna
  • English
  • 10 February 2016
  • 9780143029618

10 thoughts on “We Weren't Lovers Like That

  1. says:

    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 and often 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 uagmire of 'what ifs' But then if you ask me I’d say the person rather be living somewhere than be mine and dead HeShe 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 processI 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 uality 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 myselfAtleast 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 lovePick 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 loveRead this for the pure joy of reading That's allDo 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 – 35 out of 5 But I’ll make it a 4 purely for the joy of reading and the two nights it sailed me through


  2. says:

    أول رواية هندية أقراها وكان من الممكن ان اقرأ شيئا لطاغور أو سلمان رشدي ولكني آثرت البدء بمؤلف غير معروف علي الصعيد العربيالرواية كلها سرد للماضي الذي يسترجعه المؤلف بعد ان تركته زوجته و معها ابنهما إلي اعز اصدقائه و هو هنا يعود ليتذكر اللحظات الجميلة التي حدثت له في حياته متنقلا بالقطار بين مقاطعات فى الهند و قد قسم الرواية اجزاء عنون كلا منها بإسم المقاطعة الموجود بها اعجبني وصفه للأماكن التي يذهب إليها و للشخصيات التي من الممكن ان يقابلها الفرد في الهند و قد عبر عن المجتمع الهندي من وجهة نظري بطريقة جيدةولكن لم يعجبني كثرة الوصف بدون حاجة إلي ذلك ففي بعض الأحيان لا يتطلب المشهد إلا جمل قليلة توحي للقراء بما يريد قوله الكاتب و لكنه كان يكثر من الوقوف عند نقط لا غرض لها و لن تؤثر في مسار الاحداثومن الممكن ان يكون بذلك بسبب انها الرواية الأولي للمؤلف كما يذكر الوصف الموجود في آخر الكتاب و لكنها تجربة جيدة في كل الأحوالولا مانع من أن أقول أنها جذبتني للأدب الهندي بخاصة و الشرقي بعامة و اعتقد اني سأعاود ملأ مكتبتي بروائع الأدب الشرقي بعد تلك التجربة بعد أن شغلت قراءاتي بالأدب الغربي أوقاتا طويلة


  3. says:

    About time this book got a decent review a review that it deserves 'We Weren't Lovers Like That' was 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 soldNot 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 uote 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 that 'We Weren't Lovers Like That' and 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 parents And 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 deniesAnyone 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 person Should you read it? Why of course you should This isn't a conventional love story like that afterall


  4. says:

    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 DehradunThe 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 chancesI 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 wordsRating details 35 rounded up to 4 due to Dehradun nostalgia and shared Alma mater with the author


  5. says:

    هل كنا مثل أي عاشقينرواية هنديةنافتج سارنا أنه يعيش الآن مع من كانت زوجتي لمدة أربع عشرة سنة انت أخلاقي جداً، واستقامتك هذه تنفر الآخرين منك هذه هي مشكلتك الحقيقية رجل أربعيني من الطراز القديم المثالي فجأة وبعد أربعة عشر عاماً ينهار زواجه وتنهار معه عوالمه تتركه زوجته منتقلة لصديقه راجيف فيسرد القصة خلال انتقاله من مدينة إلى أخرى عبر القطار منتقلاً في ذلك إلى مرتع طفولته فيعود إلى حبيبته روحيني التي خانها فيتزوج زواجاً تقليدياً لغة هادئة ومتناغمة كبطل الرواية الذي لم يثور على خيانة زوجته وصديقه أو على مديره في العمل أو على إنهيار عالمه المثالي سرد متواصل جميل والوصف والانتقال من الحاضر للماضي رائع ودمتم بحفظ الرحمن


  6. says:

    This is a book set in Delhi at the turn of this century but than 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 storyThe 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 uieter 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 freuent breaks before you continue Overall a restful read with no pretensions to drama the perfect companion for a rainy evening


  7. says:

    ختام ٢٠١٤ كان برواية هندية رقيقة جداًهل كنا مثل اي عاشقين؟جذبني العنوان فضلاً عن كونها اول تجربة لي بالادب الهنديالرواية سلسة جداً وهادئة ، قليلة الاحداث لكن اللغة الرائعة تجعل القارئ يستمر دون توقف الوصف داخل الرواية بديع لاقصى حدالقصة عن رجل تهجره زوجته مع صديقه ويبدأ بمراجعة ذكرياته مع حبيبته الاولى وكيف تخلى عنهااحببت الرواية وانسجمت كثيراً بتفاصيلها وشاعريتها نعم يا سارنا كنتما مثل أي عاشقين


  8. says:

    رواية جميلة تستحق القراءة، اللغة و الترجمة و الشخصيات كلها عوامل تجذبك لمتابعة قراءة الرواية من الصفحات الأولى بطل الرواية تهجره زوجته لتذهب مع صديقه آخذةً معها ابنهما الوحيد، و بين طيات هذه الرواية يخوض البطل في أحداث و ذكريات مُحاولاً فهم ماذا حدث و لما ذا حدث و ما الذي يجب عليه فعلهالخأحببتُ الرواية جداً، و كأول رواية هندية أقرأها أعتبرها مُشجعة جداً لقراءات أخرى من الأدب الهندي آداب الشرق و كذلك أحببت شخصية المؤلف التي تتضح من خلال الصفحات الأولى للرواية


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    من اروع الروايات التي قرأتهاالكاتب هندي وهي جزء من حياتهانصح بقراءتها


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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 IsraelHe 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 dis