On Trial: When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti

Posted January 26, 2015 by Virginia in Reviews / 0 Comments

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When Smile Smiled Book Cover When Smile Smiled
Ritoban Chakrabarti
Young Adult Romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
November 30, 2014

Mrityunjoy Roy is a fifteen year old Bengali who has spent the last ten years of his life growing up in Shimla. While his family is completely academically oriented, he wants something more.
Finally he meets Akanksha in school, who turns his world upside down with her gorgeous looks and mind boggling smile.
As fate would have it, she joins his tuition, and thus begins the torrid year of puppy love, romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and self discovery.
Set among the scenic Shivalik hills of Shimla when mobile phones and internet were non-existent, this is a story of how an average young teenager comes to terms with his destiny.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

Plot: The plot was well written, very easy to follow.

Roy is a young adolescent who know nothing about girls or love. I could feel his confusion and pain as he falls obsessively in love and gets his heart Broken. Akansha beautiful, sweet, loving, the girl of every boy’s dream. Raj, studious intellectual, trustworthy. Neeraji, handsome, not very smart but gets the girl because of his looks. Karan Sir the head teacher who keeps everyone in line on on their toes who insists that everyone will learn his way.

We get to meet 15 year-old Mrityunjoy Roy as he returns to his old school DAV after a two-year absence at military school. He’s a changed person in looks and character and after his two years absence he needs to readjust to life in his old school.As he settles in his new school and works at rebuilding old friendships he plans to excels in his studies and build a different life for himself from the one he grew up in. The he meets the beautiful Akansha the girl of his dreams.She smiled at him and he falls madly in love.

Everything else disappears for him when he sees her and so he embarks on a year of self-discovery and is initiated into the thrill and heartbreak of first love as along with the crush comes the heartbreaks, the ridicules, study pressures and peer pressures. Mrityunjay or Roy, as he is known among his friends, made me visualize all the nuances one faces in the high school.
His obsession with Akansha causes him to drop off on his studies as he spends more time daydreaming of spending time with her and trying to impress her than studying. I was angry when his father beats him up because he is not do so well in school and furious at the Sir who dared to slap him in front of the class for cheating on Math midterm exam. ol. He follows Akansha around like a lovesick fool and in the end he loses her to Neeraji. his heart is broken but he comes to understand one very important aspect of life, life should not be wasted on what others feel for you, but you need to make you own path in life. Something we all must have gone through in those awkward, innocent years.
At the start of the new school year goes back and comes face to face with Akansha and when she smiles at him in a pitying way he finally realizes that Akansha would never, he finally realizes that life for him was not in Shimla. He gives up on his obsession goes back home and tell his parents that he needed to get out of that city and went to finish his 12th grade in another city. there he made a new life for himself opening his own company and find the love of his life. All because of a smile.

About the Author:

Ritoban Chakrabarti is an entrepreneur who started his first internet marketing company right after college. Since then he has self-taught himself programming, designing, marketing, and management. When She Smiled, a young adult romance, was his first novel. He is an avid traveller, and believes in a life without boundaries.

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

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