I was on a business trip when I was introduced to the author - Pankaj Kumar and his family by a friend.
It was a chance meeting at a cafe where she introduced both of us as "Author Kadambari meet Author Pankaj Kumar" an amazing ice-breaker it was. After that we sat for almost 3 hours talking about books and writing.
It was in this meeting that I got to know that Pankaj and his wife love reading and he has recently published - "Why I burn like an Oak"
Pankaj Kumar being a retired army officer, and the book is based on the life of army personnel made me pick the book instantly.
Though we discussed about books, we never discussed any fine details about this book in particular.
I had my assumptions as I sat reading thinking it to be a war based or strategy based book. But as mostly I hear these days assumptions are nothing but assumptions. This one is a love story.
Sameer, is an army officer and sent to deliver the news of demise of his colleague and friend - Aryan, to his beloved - Sara.
The book revolves around these two characters and how this one meeting sets their life into a new direction.
I am an emotional and romantic person and love reading romance.
This story brings one closer to life and emotions. It is a sweet simple love story and rekindles one's belief that love conquers all.
The storyline is captivating and holds one to the end. The author has used poems too, which renders it all the more touching.
With some editing and grammatical errors, for the story and characterization and been the surprise package I'll give it a 3.5 out of 5.
Book Blurb - Sara had never imagined that she would ever fall in love with Aryan. How could she, wasnt he dead? Sameer was caught between love and loyalty. They both will lead you to the place no one treads on their own will. To the gates of heaven.
About The Author - Pankaj Kumar is a retired army officer, now into full time writing. He has a collection of short stories to his credit and a second novel, - CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE. He lives in Bhopal and works at BORL. Gardening and Poetry are his passion.