Title: The Escaped Moments

Author: Jaasindah R. Mir

Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers

ISBN: 9789350880838

Pages: 288

My review:

Dear friends, have you ever felt the pangs of lost moments? That last minute revision missed on an exam day, that last second glimpse of a friend before leaving too far away destination, that last hug from your dear ones or that last good-bye? All these incidents span only for limited moments but once missed, they create disturbances leaving scars that are beyond any treatment. Yes, it is indeed, a sad feeling. A feeling of missing something; something slices a part of our personalities from those escaped moments. This is just what happened with Aatirah, the protagonist of the novel – The Escaped Moments by Jaasindah R. Mir.

Being a motherless child, she is too sensitive and fragile but to make the matter worse for her she has a wicked step-mother, a carefree brother and not so concerned father. She has a few persons to be tagged as friends but they cannot be spotted with her when expected. So a totally null and void situation, I say! Myself being a girl (female) who has lost her mother in her childhood, I could very easily relate with her. Though, I was blessed with very caring and loving family and friends but it was really saddening to learn about her not-so-worthy possessions in the name of family.

Very few book covers impress me; this book cover scores my admiration. Deep eyes expressing fear of not having anybody by side eyeing from behind a frame – an expression of a heart peeping towards the outside world and attempting to befriend its residents. Some might consider it to be a bit haunting but it is not, in any sense. A sense of loosing belongingness and attachment is all what could be interpreted on its first glance and the story elaborates it further.

The story is based on the backdrop of a previously popular social networking website. For some internet is a boon; while for some others it has proved to be a bane. For her – you need to check out by yourself.

A young girl who is searching for happiness and a companion who could be her confidante finds one through internet. She starts to befriend her but unknowingly gets trapped in strange situations that parts her ways from the ones, she is already connected with. A huge emotional saga that will leave mesmerized. The author discusses her fragile nature in an expressive manner. Her sarcastic sense of humor will give you tickle. At times, you feel the story to be somewhat stretched and slow but then, what could you expect in the life of a soul in solitude, both at physical and emotional levels.

I appreciate the author’s decision to age her protagonist this young because same story could have been plotted for a bit elder aged girl but it would not have been so much influential. This age is pure and without any bias and so are the thoughts. Her mental chit-chats with her mother were really painful for me to endure. I have experienced such high-pressure voids in my life and hence appreciate her understanding capacity. At a personal note, I bless her happiness for all her life.

She is a blessed writer with strong writing skills that teleports you to the scene in discussion. Her characters are magnetic and ascetic at the same time. Her story is inspired with incidents that anyone can relate to with utmost easiness. Dialogues are spread all throughout the script that makes it to be close to reality. The concluding pages were sharp enough to tear my soul into bits and pieces (emotionally).

The author is qualified personnel in Literature and Psychology and this is well depicted in her writing style and treatment of characters along with the storyline. In addition to this, she is a well experienced book reviewer and this advocates her finesse in deciding the fate of the characters and stream of story.

Read this story to understand the psyche of a young girl who wishes to fly in an open sky, who wishes to soothe her senses with the beauty of this colorful world but she lands into the smoke of drugs! How could she? Why she has to after all? Who threw her into this world full of shit? Why didn’t anybody turn to her and stop her? What did she come up with?

Find out with her about how did the moments escape?

A recommended read for readers who enjoy young adult fiction with a sensible plot. I conclude with my favorite sentence from the story:

‘I am enough a fighter for myself’!

About the Book

Aatirah Rohail Kazi, a fifteen-year-old small town girl of Kashmir, has only seen the grey shades of childhood since her mother died. There are a lot of things Aatirah hates about her life: her cruel step-mother, her dad and her moronic step brother.

For the past five years Aatirah has hidden her troubles from everyone. It’s only when she finds Mysha at a social networking site, she confides into her. But now things are getting complicated: Mysha wants Aatirah to solve a complex love triangle between Mysha, Sahir and Tamanna. To top it all off, Aatirah has taken to smoking out of stress.

Would Aatirah be successful at grabbing the freedom of her heart by opening up to a distant person or does the desire of having a friend to confide into have a bigger price to pay?