Title: When She Smiledwhen she smiled

Author: Ritoban Chakrabarti

Publisher: Createspace

My Review

‘When she Smiled’ – Ahh! What a divine feeling it would be to witness your beloved happy, contended and smiling but it is not any easily coming visual. No, I didn’t mean to say that girls are very demanding, they ALWAYS enjoy teasing the boys who love them but find it a bit difficult to express their emotions or anything on that line. My idea is that boys get their wishes some other way round (at least this is a case with a section of boys who are different from the rest, of course).

This is a story, written in the voice of a boy who shares his ordeal to realize, find and get (or loose) his love of life. The teen age romance is destined to be pure and serene but at this tender age there are other tasks in hand that need to be dealt with before breezing and basking in the warmth of love. This story is one such account where a boy is facing the life as it comes, the behaviors, the responses and outcomes of being a boy housing bucketful of adrenaline pumping along with the love cells in his veins.

Now, coming straight to the point, the author with this attempts to share that only when you hit the rock bottom, it the time to get that adrenaline rush into action and rise to shine or rather say OUTSHINE. This story details the account of his first love. Though, the feelings are not the same and thus not being reciprocated well, as expected; therefore, the story shapes (read it as compels) him into some else which he is not otherwise.

The expressions, his feelings at different points of time form the body of the content. Many authors find it hard to write in the voice of boys because they rarely express them and thus a bit hard to document. The author dares to make is foray with this not so hunted genre. Yes, it is difficult to write a (love) story and related events with a male perspective and I appreciate him to choose one. He was able to keep me interested on the fact that what happens next with him on his ordeal. He surprised me with a contrasting ending (as I was treading on other line in light of the aura created by him).

At times I felt as if some more dimension could be added or may be some more depth but then if the story is binding enough to make me glued to find out what’s next; then in that case, it respectfully give the baton in author’s hand to make me glide in the direction, in which he wishes to make me move with his story. Do not pick up this book if you intend to read some rosy romantic expenditures, read it to find out how a boy reacts in a given situation and how his life decisions get effected and sometimes altered under the sun!

This book will be more enjoyed by boys rather than the girls. Some might even find it as a self exploration journey. Well, this happens with many of them but it is hard for them to believe and admit it full-hearted.

I conclude by stating, there seems to be potential in the author but he needs to put in a lot of effort in polishing his writing and story-telling skills because he has not disappointed with his partake. Nevertheless, next time do invest time and effort in editing as well.

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Ritoban is an entrepreneur who ran an internet marketing company for five years, before trying his hand at writing. His first novel, When She Smiled, a coming-of-age fiction released in 2014. He is an avid traveller, and believes in a life without boundaries.