Title- One last time
Author- Anubhav Shrivastava & Shreehari H
Publisher- Write India Publishers
Writing Style- 4/5
Nakul, a 15-year-old boy from Delhi who has been raised in the lap of luxury, visits a quaint little village in Madhya Pradesh. The crudeness and modesty of the village change how he perceives different aspects of life. There he comes across Prakash, the son of paddy farmer, who is the yin to his yang- their contrasting ideas on life fail to stun the growth of their nascent friendship as ultimately it is their exuberance and a taste or adventure that brings them together.
In the midst of their tale is the charming and talented Aakansha who lives in the shadow of a spotlight. She goes through the motions of life according to the perceived ideals of society, consistently feeling a void, for she lacks a genuine friend.
One last time is an eclectic and delectable fusion of Nakul’s superficial urbane sensibilities, Aakansha’s confounded solitude and Prakash’s rustic but sagely naiveties- one that will change their destinies forever.
The story revolves around Nakul who is leading a well-settled life in Delhi. However, his parents decide to make him experience the other side of life. This is the time when Nakul’s life takes a turn and rest of the story is created. The plot is lively and is written in an extremely simple language with the euphoric tone with good pace from one scene to another. Characters are well developed. The book is a journey that every reader will relate to and that is the best part. Also, the poetry and one-liners in italics steal the show. Overall, the book is a good read and is recommended to all readers irrespective of the age group.