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10 thoughts on “Afterwards

  1. says:

    An okayish time pass read Simple moving and predictable plot Didn't find the narration style or character sketch noteworthy The concept is good to elaborate on what happens afterwards when a story dangles at happily ever after state Deals with loss and gloomy aftereffects The depressed state was stretched a bit too muchNot my cuppa

  2. says:

    Not having much time to read on my hands these days I picked up this book from my library I have read some other books written by the same author Jaishree sharma and they happen to be uick light reads mostly dealing with family emotions with a bit of romance thrown in themThe main protagonist in this book is an NRI Rahul Sharma who is settled in the UK and comes down to Kerala to learn tabla The book is divided into 2 parts The first part deals with Rahul's visit to India wherein he falls in love with Maya his neighbour a married woman The author simply states that Maya has a bad marriage without giving any clear insight regarding the problems she faces with her husband Maya has a small daughter called Anjali and both of them alope with Rahul to London Her family shocked by Maya's behaviour chooses to break all ties with her and consider her dead in their lives This is where the first part of the book endsI thought the second part of the book will deal with the relationship of Maya and Rahul however this was not the case The book takes a time leap of 3 years and we are told that Maya has died in a road accident The story then focusses on the relationship between Rahul and Anjali and how they cope with Maya's death This book is OK if you are looking for a light read which can be completed in one afternoon The story is uite predictable and the characterization is very average as well Not really worth spending your time or money on this book

  3. says:

    Having read both of Jaishree Misra's earlier works I was almost given into believing that this was going the same way as 'Ancient Promises' had While the premise and the characters woman husband extra marital relationship and a child are recurring somewhere down the road there is a fork and that's when it becomes a good book not that Ancient Promises wasn't just that this worked better for meTo her credit the author moves uickly over the part till the fork is reached and while I'd have preferred some slicker editing after that I can see how it might not be that way for others A good read that captures the pain of loss the hand of fate and of letting things go being the only way to be sometimesspoiler alert Special mention must be made of the wonderful way in which the author has captured the trauma of a 4 year old who realises her mother is no but perhaps can't understand its ramifications in her life I was deeply moved by the three pages that covered this it gave me a different perspective of a 6 year old I knew once in similar circumstances Echoes

  4. says:

    Couldn't relate to any of the characters skipped through the pages story doesn't hold my interest

  5. says:

    Afterwards remains my most favorite book ever Fell in love with Jaishree for the sensitivity with which she handles the plot and the beauty with which she graces the whole journey of Rahul It shocks it scintillates it makes you feel so damp sometimes but it brings you hope It brings you on the verge of believing that what you thought was the end was in effect a start I am not a fan of her later books which were written for the purpose of markets In Afterwards and Ancient Promises Jaishree outdoes herself makes you believe in her ability to express and you can't help dissolving yourself in the journey of the main protagonists If someone believes it's a book which brings sadness I would recommend you to read it again and complete it rather than be stuck at the first part itself

  6. says:

    'Maya' was she truly an illusion or an answer to a soul's call to another She was all that Rahul had ever wantedbut she was not His She was not here to stay A beautiful love story so painful that no one should suffer it and yet anybody finding a love so powerful is blessed

  7. says:

    It is a sad book But it makes you want to finish the book in one sitting That is the power of the writing

  8. says:

    A gorgeous moving story about love grief diaspora and making family I found the musings on stepchild stepparent relationships particularly resonant and it prompted me to organise having glass of wine with my stepmother next week to celebrate our relationship Also learned a bit about India

  9. says:

    Interesting take on the not so popular theme of loss and grief Thought provoking

  10. says:

    A uick and light read and a tear jerker for the soft hearted Jaisree Misra beautifully captures the pain and emotions arising out of the loss of loved ones in your life But the plot although well laid out and engrossing does carry the touch of a mushy Bollywood script

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Afterwards When Rahul Tiwari arrives in Kerala for a short break from London he has no premonition of a life changing moment But one glance over the fence at his lovely but reticent neighbour Maya is enough to launch him on a path of no return He finds himself playing friend partner co conspirator and finally the entirely unexpected role of saviour as Maya suffocating under the weight of a loveless marriage and a suspicious husband turns to him for help With characteristic case and insight Jaishree Misra writes in her new novel of the transforming power of love and of the joy and heartbreak of giving yourself to another for better or for worse