Book Review: A soldier’s Love Story
Author: Sonia Kundra Singh
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers
Rating: Three and a half
It’s a love story. A soldier’s love story centering on the characters who surmount obstacles, someone whose life is turned upside down by a tragedy that pushes her in a lonely corner. Sonia Kundra Singh’s A Soldier Love Story explores the complexity of the human mind, the under rated emotion called love and deftly narrates the unusual relationship between husband and wife amidst story of pain, passion and sacrifice. The author takes a serious subject but gives it pace and engages the reader in a light manner on how the main protagonists finally discover each other towards the end.
Ranjeet’s parents are keen to see him married and after seeing Jasleen’s photograph, he finds himself drawn to her. An arranged meeting is decided upon and Jasleen, despite her reservations about getting out of her little haven says ‘yes’ to the match. He knew she was too young to be a bride but somehow it made sense at the time. Jasleen had her own set of demons to haunt her. Marriage was a huge step and she wanted to give herself another chance at being a woman. Will Jasleen start life anew with Ranjeet?
Ranjeet and Jasleen meet in unusual circumstances in this love saga where both suddenly find themselves at different end of the road. The flow is engaging and engrossing, moves swiftly despite the fact that Sonia deals with a serious subject. She wonderfully maintains the tempo in the narrative and the story doesn’t get tiring. The language is at times sensual and breezy where the author brings element of sacrifice, tradition and independence from a woman perspective. It conveys a strong message about individuality, identity which often clash with each other at places. Wonderful build up.
Sonia explores the complexity of the mind, gravitating towards conflict on the quest to forget the past and looking at life in a fresh perspective. The mind can be confusing and an illusion of sort where one battles against the situation where the odds are stacked and how Jasleen overcomes her fear with love and pillar of support provided by Ranjeet. The author has successfully expressed the angst felt by a woman, scared by touch and gestures, her every battle with self in a very sensitive manner.
She emphasizes and stokes the element of passion with lines, “How can you sleep so peacefully? I was with a man, don’t you have a jealous bone in your body?’ she started pulling out her earrings with a vengeance.” As the climax progresses, the author touches a chord with emotional moment, humor and romance, coupling them with equal ease. The lines are a sheer delight, “But, you are brave. And me, I got so scared that I let a militant go away…I am still carrying the scars..I cannot let you go. You are my life…The hospital gown looks good on you..Yea, I am thinking of adding this in my next winter collection.” Or, the power packed emotional dialogue that leaves a huge impact, “I wanted the baby..We made it together.”
There are minor typos in the book which the author should have paid more attention to. Moreover, the gay character and socialites in sequences appear cliche to a certain extent that unsettles the otherwise compelling narrative. In short, the book could have been better made with sub characters phased out in the village.
All said and done, A Soldier’s Love Story is light and breezy which I recommend to fans of love stories and romance. Sonia Kundra Singh tackles a serious theme with ease, injecting romance and conflict that makes it a smart read. In short, a delightful read coupled with compelling narrative in a journey of self-discovery.