Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Long Way Home by Mitali Meelan - A Book Review

"A Long Way Home" by Mitali Meelan was a challenge read given by my husband for me. He asked me to select my last read of 2018 just by the title & cover, which means no blurb, no reviews & no Googleing. I have been given 4 options. "A Long Way.." was one of them. A catchy title & an interesting cover picture of feet on the road helped me made my decision.

Book Blurb
The Adhikaris are a regular, happy family - or so they will have you believe. But at the dinner table, a silence hangs heavy over the three children, especially Arihant and Ishaan. Twenty-three-year-old Arihant possesses a secret talent and a shattered heart. He yearns for his muse and ex-girlfriend, only to surprise himself when they finally meet after a long and difficult time apart. If only Ishaan could share some brotherly advice rather than sneak about, aloof and increasingly suspicious. 
Ishaan, twenty-eight, seems to have the job of his dreams - or at least, his parents' dreams. But how long can he stay torn between two worlds? How long before someone finds out about his evenings: about the place he goes to and the woman he sees. Here is a story set in the calm before a storm - after which nothing will be the same for this seemingly happy household.
The story is based on a family drama. Adhikari family & its younger generation is portrayed in the book. So we have a Maharashtrian family where the father was working hard to provide his children with ways to get them settled in their life. Another hand mother was a perfect housewife, maintaining the family's need. Their children (main characters) were Ishaan (eldest son), Arihant & Saloni. The story covers how two brothers have completely different personality but similar inner goals & dreams. It shows how they are achieving them either by staying with or away from family.

Mitali has good control over words. Through the story, she will make you feel how each character is going through. This is a different kind of read for me. I have read romance, thriller, suspense & what not. But rarely I have read a book based on family bonding/relationship. Don't worry it is not another Ekta Kapoor SOP, you will have enough elements of a good read.

  1. Cover - 4.5/5
  2. Characters - 4/5
  3. Concept - 3/5
  4. Overall - 3.5/5
Book can be found at Amazon and Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

We would like to thank WritersMelon for providing us the review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


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