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The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri. Book Review.

The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri is a novel about nostalgia, loss & moving ahead in life. Pankaj is from Gangtok, a beautiful place situated in the lap of mountains. This is where the story of this novel is set.

Title: The Fragile Thread of Hope

Pages: 408

Publisher: Self Published

Available on Amazon Kindle for $0.99

Summary:

In the autumn of 2012, destiny wreaks havoc on two unsuspecting people—Soham and Fiona.

Although his devastating past involving his brother still haunted him, Soham had established a promising career for himself in Bangalore.

After a difficult childhood, Fiona’s fortunes had finally taken a turn for the better. She had married her beloved, and her life was as perfect as she had ever imagined it to be.

But when tragedy strikes them yet again, their fundamentally fragile lives threaten to fall apart.

Can Fiona and Soham overcome their grief?

Will the overwhelming pain destroy their lives?

Seasoned with the flavors of exotic Nepalese traditions and set in the picturesque Indian hill station, Gangtok, The Fragile Thread of Hope explores the themes of spirituality, faith, alcoholism, love, and guilt while navigating the complex maze of family relationships.

Inspirational and heart-wrenchingly intimate, it urges you to wonder—does hope stand a chance in this travesty called life?


The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri 

My Rating: 4 stars

Review: 

Here’s an image from my Kindle:

The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri

Can a person’s story change in a day? Yes & No. A tragic accident on the road to Gangtok takes away Joseph, Fiona’s beloved husband. At the same time, Sohan loses his father who is also on the way to Gangtok. Thus begins the story of Soham & Fiona. The author takes us back in time to show us the past that haunts his characters. With each new chapter story of Sohan & Fiona unfolds.

A story that is so simple is complex in such places it feels like you are reading someone’s life story. It doesn’t make you feel as if you are reading a family-romance fiction.

Soham is a fairly simple person who is laden with guilt. His relationship with his dada (Brother) is so sweet and real which begs the reader to feel the pain/guilt Soham feels. Sharon (Fiona’s doting mother) is another fabulous character. Her struggle resonates with the ladies of her time (even today’s women would agree). Her character stays strong when the winds of change and circumstances attack her. In Fiona we find a girl, a wife, a woman who is struggling to trust, to believe and maybe to love.

One wonderful thing here is the blog (www.himalayansoul.wordpress.com) which for some obvious reasons we understand is Soham’s. I actually checked if there is a blog with such a name but alas, no one has a blog with such name. It shows how deep Soham’s understanding nature runs, how he has grown as a person since the incident that haunts him.

Pankaj is fairly new to the world of authors but his debut novel is amazing. It has a daring plot, intuitive imagination, apt use of metaphors (a bit too much at times) and much-needed innovation capacity for the Indian book market.

Maybe this is the first Indian author’s book for which I have given 4 stars. It’s making me feel weird. Maybe I should read the book again. Well, If you are looking for Indian quills, mountain reading, metaphor hunting or you may be looking for a simple story about how a boy meets girl and fall in love (riddled with haunting pasts/present & spiritual guidance), be my guest. This novel has it all for you.

Bravo Pankaj for having written a novel that is different from the usual Chetan Bhagat and Durjoy Dutta market. Your debut novel is a work of art and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.


After reading this novel I couldn’t help but ask Pankaj on Goodreads about why he didn’t aim for the general romance stories Indian Market is so full of. His answer made me smile and here I will put it up for you to read.

Q) Tell us all about what inspired you to write The Fragile Thread of Hope, a story from different point of view than our regular romance market?

A) There are three primary reasons for it:

Firstly, I think our Indian market is flooded with romance/mythology books. It is strange that there is not even a category in Amazon called Family life/Family saga here. The focus is mainly on romantic relationships, whereas families and the complex relationships between family members have taken a back seat.

However, ironically, in the US and UK, that genre is quite popular. So, you know, I thought of exploring family relationships, revive this dying genre in Indian fiction.

Secondly, nowadays there is a trend in Indian commercial fiction about a lover dying in the end. However, that mainly happens only in the end and the impact of loss on loved ones is not shown properly. I wanted to tap into that aspect as well and show in detail how different people cope with loss in different ways.

I also wanted to highlight the beauty of my place and the cultures and traditions, an aspect that the common light reads in the market fail to do. They just spoon feed the reader with the story (mostly telling and a lot less showing) and finish it off abruptly.

Thirdly, I also wanted my writing to strike a balance between commercial and literary fiction. Commercial fiction is characterized by bland writing and a cheesy plot and is often criticized for its lack of imagination, and literary fiction contains exceptional prose but non-relatable characters and is criticized for being too high brow. I wanted to write a book with literary language and relatable characters, bridge the much-needed gap between commercial and literary fiction in India.

*NOTE: This review (unbiased & honest) has been posted in exchange for a free book at the request of the author.

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