Every time I pick up a book to read, I always pray to god that I shouldn’t end up hating myself and the author. I had many such experiences but, there was this book titled “Everyone has a Story” by Savi Sharma. Thanks to my cousin who said this was the best book she read this year, apart from “This was a Man.” She also stated that the author is going to be the face of the Indian writing!
I took her advice seriously, bought the book only after reading the prologue and trust me it is well written and is one of the best prologues I had ever read from an Indian author. Thanks to the prologue, I decided to read the book.
In one stretch, I moved from chapter to chapter and voila the book was done in two hours. The cover of the book suggests it is an inspirational one. Now I am so inspired that I want to express what everyone should know before buying this book!
To begin with, “Everyone has a Story”, has a basic plot of a routine Bollywood film with too many twists and some great philosophical dialogues. Meera, the protagonist is in a search of a touching story which would move millions of hearts, sees this handsome guy in a cafe, instantly realizes that she found her story. The only question that boggled my mind was, how come an author realized that she found her perfect story as soon as one sees a person?
Leaving that for a moment, Meera’s boyfriend named Vivaan, wanted to quit his job and travel around the world. Okay, you must have read Thoreau, Emerson or Bill Bryson, but the way his character was paced is irritatingly stupid. The way Vivaan and Meera talk in their conversations looked like they were reading each other’s WhatsApp statuses.
There is a moment when Vivaan tells “If traveling was free, they would never see me again”. Okay! You have read enough quotes in social media Ms. Savi, but don’t write them as your words, trust me it is really irritating. On the contrast there is a character named Kabir who happened to be a love failure with a heartbroken past and most of the boys would connect to him.
Ms. Savi might have read enough Paulo Coelho and James Allen books as she played with their quotes and added some quotes from Tumblr and Facebook to make it into a book. Everyone in the story talks like veteran philosophers, with long dialogues, page length stories and of course more inspirational quotes (Oh please!)
Though it lacks realistic sense, I want to appreciate the author, for writing a book like this with some bottom level philosophy and a typical Bollywood drama. She has great marketing skills, the way you promoted your book on Amazon and Facebook, really helped her to reach that Million Copies Sold mark. Her writing is simple, honestly, I felt magical at places and it would attract many novice readers. I must admit that she has a great potential, but she must make sure that she has a great story that moves millions with good character depths.
I would like to buy “This Is Not Your Story” by Ms Savi and am personally waiting for it, expecting it to be a bit more reasonable. I want to be that lucky buyer who can win a writing workshop with Ms Savi Sharma to learn some marketing strategies from her.