The author has just picked some episodes from his or others’ childhood and penned them down in worst possible English for the sake of writing a novel.
The first thing I felt while and after reading this book: I wish if it had never happened, I mean the book – Like it Happened Yesterday by bestselling author Ravinder Singh.
‘I Too Had a Love Story’ was Spontaneous and Sincere, ‘Can Love Happen Twice?’ was Deliberate and (overly) Dramatic, and here comes the worst – ‘Like it Happened Yesterday’, a Forced and Failed attempt.
It seems somebody has made Ravinder Singh to write this book on the gunpoint.
Narration falls flat (though it is something that I’d expected from him considering his previous works). The plot…sorry there isn’t any. The story strongly misses a common idea that knits different episodes in a thread called ‘PLOT’. There is no connection between the consecutive chapters.
It seems even author was confused what he was writing and what message he wanted to convey. He has just picked some episodes from his or others’ childhood, which he could remember, and penned them down in worst possible English for the sake of writing a novel.
‘Like It Happened Yesterday’ even lacks the only strength of Ravinder Singh i.e telling a tale that holds a vulnerable romance in its heart, something that made him the darling of young readers. Sorry to say but I don’t think even the die-hard fans of Ravinder Singh would appreciate this reluctant or half-hearted effort.
The so-called novel is nothing more than a collection of low-grade short stories.
If you still think you want to read it, here is a suggestion. Once you finish the book, please go through the epilogue as well (even if you don’ feel like finishing the book). It will relieve your frustration, regarding the book, to some extent as author sounds sincere in those three pages.
Otherwise, read it only if it is the last book on planet and you have nothing else to do.
Ravinder Singh, the bestselling author of I Too Had a Love Story and Can Love Happen Twice? has now come up with his third book Like It Happened Yesterday, based on his childhood that he has spent in Burla, a small town in western Orissa. Ravinder Singh had started his career with an IT company but his destiny brought him into writing. He is currently based in New Delhi and has chosen writing as his full time career.
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