So when I read this book ‘The Diary on the Fifth floor by Raisha Lalwani’, the initial pages kind of left me confused as to what was the story all about. It took me most of the book to figure out that it was a collection of short stories or rather observations of a woman, in the form of a Diary. OK! I see that I have confused you too… So let’s start with the short blurb of the book.
Opening Lines: Look around and observe…
Page Count: 184 pages
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Publication Date: October 21st, 2018
This is my Blurb:
The Diary on the Fifth Floor is a story of Savannah Khanna, the protagonist. Savannah is into the habit of writing diaries, where she jots down her observations of mind-numbing incidents happening to her or her friends and relatives, and because of these incidents, she gets deeply disturbed. Hence she seeks help from the Psychiatrist Dr. Rama Berry.
During one of the consultations, Savannah reveals that she is into the habit of writing Diaries. When the Doctor asks for the diary, Savannah reluctantly hands it over to the doctor, where the secret of her diary starts unraveling.
As the doctor further delves into the diary, the more she realizes that the patient is burdened by the harshness of our society. The question is whether the Doctor will be able to help Savannah.
The diary entries kind of take you by surprise. Most of the entries leave a huge impact on you. The main reason for my confusion was the blurb on the back of the book. The blurb kind of gave the impression that the book was a psychological thriller. But it turned out to be something else.
The concept of the book is very unusual, But the narration is flawless. Author Raisha has done a good job of crafting the characters, especially Dr. Rama Berry. Her warm and unassuming personality stole the show. Through Author’s writing style one could make out her empathetic nature and depth in her writing style. The emotions were stark in those short stories of the Diary.
What I disliked the most about this book was its blurb, I mean it took 8-9 chapters to understand that this was sort of collections of short stories. Otherwise, the book would have been a 5-star read.
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Do I recommend this book?
Yes, if you love to read unusual short stories then it is for you. And it can also be your a good companion while traveling.
Rating: 3/5 stars
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