Book Review of An Imperishable Promise by Sarathi Sabyasachi Sahoo
Do you believe in the kind of love that lasts forever? What if I told you that love is much more than just an emotion; it is an entity by itself that lives on forever, plunging recklessly through space, time, and, most importantly, the paradigms of now and the future, staying stoically strong and strengthening each day? Sounds, ahem, tricky, right? Well, An imperishable Promise by Sarathi Sabyasachi Sahoo is a story that transcends the continuums of space and time, glorifying love in all its façade.
An Imperishable Promise: If Afterlife Is True, Will You Still Come to Me?
True love never dies. Nobody knows its origin or end. If you are lucky, you can recognize it in your current life. If not, then in the next life, it will continue like a never-ending circle till you both meet. It all depends on your destiny, but once you recognize it, never let it go.
Love is a language that is so intense, so intricate, and so sensual that often we are simply mesmerised by its details and end up getting so entangled in it that we fail to celebrate and fathom its depths completely. Having the power to even bring back the dead, true love is a treasure often sought but seldom found and obtained only by a chosen few.
Hmm, I know I am discussing the ergonomics of true love today, and you guys are going to be like, Hey, what’s with you, girl? Well, “An Imperishable Promise: If Afterlife Is True, Will You Still Come to Me?” by Sarathi Sabyasachi Sahoo it is!
My latest read has given me so much to think about and has compelled me to believe in true love, sacrifice for a loved one, the afterlife, and so many other such concepts that, until now, were part of my thoughts, but only superficially, not having crossed over the realms of my imagination and forayed into the folds of reality. This love story of Raj and Kashish has made me get back to those concepts, ideas that appeared exquisite yet too fantastic to be believed. Their true love for each other, their camaraderie, their chemistry, and most importantly, their relationship with each other, were simply outstanding.
A unique and one-of-a-kind love story, this one deals with the concepts of the afterlife, love, and how love does not require validations such as physical existence of any sort to prove its depth and existence. Beyond the realms of existence and mere physical presence, true love is something that is actually an endless fuel to the energy called the soul and thus keeps one’s soul alive forever.
Raj and Kashish, whose love story begins in a sort of flashback for us, are two characters you may feel you’ve read about in every other romance novel you’ve read. And yet, as this story took shape and form, I slowly but surely realised how it had a uniqueness all its own. When death comes as an obstacle between the two, whether they are able to overcome the false materialistic life in order to keep their love forever or whether their love too perishes like the rest, is what you have to read the book in order to discover.
While the story actually begins in the future, aka in 2054, when Deepak’s son and daughter-in-law, Rohit and Rimi, are planning to split, Deepak decides to take them back into the past, narrating how he was in love with Kashish and how he had to give up on it due to the love between her and his friend Raj. Raj and Kashish get married, and all is perfect until one day they both meet with a horrible accident. What happens after that constitutes the suspense bit herein, and I would wish to keep it from being written here as it will simply spoil the fun of you guys while reading it. Albeit, I have to say here that it is amazing!
I loved the way the characters have been penned and portrayed since they exuded a sense of relativity due to being closer to real life. While Deepak was a bit of a shy introvert, Raj, on the other hand, was quite the opposite—outgoing, social, and full of life. The opposite qualities are what complimented them as a friend duo so well and also played a pivotal role in determining their love lives, I’d say. Kashish’s character is extremely sensible, and again, this is one I could easily relate to and resonate with.
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Her unrequited, univocal love for Raj was a highlight for me throughout the story, especially towards the end when the going got tougher. Yes, true love never dies, and if and how there is an afterlife of sorts, we, or rather, our souls, indeed have the power and the ability to cross the thresholds of space, time, and reality and blend in so as to be one with the love of our lives.
I liked how Raj had taken the imperishable promise from Kashish-that in case he dies, she should go ahead and marry Deepak since he used to love her too. It shows his unflinching love and cares for her – (am I swooning on this one?). Yes, the camaraderie, the rapport, and the chemistry between these 2 was a treat to read, from the start to the end, something you may find like cutesy embellishments in many books, but to be able to attach the feeling of forever and infinity to it-well now that is a true accomplishment. Kudos to Sarathi for penning such a great story. Want to read that kind of romance that lasts forever? Go no further and pick this one up now!
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