Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review of a Sweet Love Story - The Song of the Caged Bird by Susha Satish

A decent looking cover with a sad looking title could be the first impression of "The Song of the Caged Bird" by Susha Satish. I was a bit reluctant for the book, as I read fewer lover stories and on top of that a sad one. But the blurb was encouraging enough to venture into the love story.

Book Blurb
Snooty meets Simple. And Cupid pitches in! 

You’d think that love is an outdated concept in the 21st century. At least, that is what Yash thinks. Yash, the brash young man with attitude and wealth. Cynical and arrogant. 
That is till he meets Malini. 
For Malini, love is the last thing on her mind. She is a small town girl with dreams in her eyes. Bubbly, vivacious and believing in life and the goodness of mankind. 
Life is not a vanilla love story though, and Fate always has the last laugh. 
Not a nice laugh at that.
"The Song of the Caged Bird" is a story of Yash and Malini. Malini belonged to a middle-class family from a small town Akola. She joined the college with big dreams. Yash was a spoilt brat of a rich businessman. Both were completely opposite in nature. But as they say, there will be a magnetic force between two opposites. Yash and Malini both were strongly attracted to each other due to unknown reasons. Their friendly pickup and drop schedule was converted into a deep love before they knew it. But if things went as simple as next stage as marriage it would be a boring story. So there were some circumstances which had separated Yash and Malini. Check out the book if you would like to know more.

The first half of the book can remind you of your courtship period. The old/classical Bollywood love songs, long drive, messages/chat for hours, tea at local haat were common in college years. Many have lived that life and they still cherish it as a treasure. Even those who had serious break up can relate their "Orange Hangover" a.k.a. depression due to breakups with Malini's situation.

The best part about the book is that the author has shown professional (direction) sense in Malini and Yash, even during separation. I personally dislike the complete hopelessness of characters after separation. (Exclude scene of Malini)

"The Song of the Caged Bird" is one of those books which remind you that sweet love stories still come out once in a while. It is not only "Love, Sex and Dhoka" which can deliver an entertaining story, sweet kind of tone win heart in a long run. Use of characters and their inner turmoil was properly portrayed. You won't find it too emotional to put it under emotional dramas and not too casual to put it under normal C.B. style stories. A book which can be gifted to any 12+ age readers. Simple language and narration style make you finish the book in 3-4 sittings. It is a perfect companion for rainy train travel.

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5
  2. Concept - 3/5
  3. Characters - 3.5/5
  4. Overall - 3.5/5
Book can be found at Amazon and Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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