Monday, December 02, 2013

Review- The Storm in My Mind by Ayaan Basu

Goodreads Summary:

The Storm in my Mind... is a collective narrative of events, habits, stereotypes and idiosyncrasies revolving around the contemporary society of Kolkata. It is a story of love as much as it is of hatred, passion, friendship, trust, misunderstandings, nostalgia and love for his city. It is the story of Aryan, his Kolkata and his mellowing heart that makes confessions of the times he has seen.


*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of The Storm in My Mind by Ayaan Basu from Srishti Publishers and Distributors in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book! 

The rustic cover of Ayaan Basu's The Storm in My Mind  had me thinking that the book would be a walk down the captivating and famous city of Kolkata. Although the book did have a lot of factual information on the streets, people and life of and in Kolkata, it was more the story of Kolkata boy Aryan Roy who finds himself learning something new each day from the three things that matter most during college days- friendship, love and relationships. 
Because of the genuine and simple plot of The Storm in my Mind, it's a book that's easy to relate to and understand. The confusion about what love is in the mind of Aryan as a college student is something that's absolutely understandable. For me, Aryan was a sweet and well mannered boy unrequitedly in love with Anushka, a girl he meets online and who goes on to become his best friend. He later starts developing feelings for Anushka's good friend, Kaira and when she and Aryan finally get together, Kaira goes and does something unforgivable. Between these two relationships and the way Aryan handles them, there was a lot of confusion and at times, unnecessary doings as well. 
I quite liked the open ending because for the time and age of characters portrayed in the book, I feel that open endings are the best. For me, The Storm in My Mind
 was like a coming of age book that I enjoyed sometimes and found a little stupid at other times. The writing didn't help much during the latter times as there was a very weird way in which dialogues were spoken among the characters, there was this urge to state the obvious and I didn't quite figure out how Aryan described the facial expressions of people he spoke to on the phone. 
Overall, The Storm in my Mind is a good effort on author Ayaan Basu's part. This book isn't all that great but it qualifies for an enjoyable, good, quick and short read on a lazy weekend 
and I love the title of the book- it's apt and perfect for Aryan's story



  1. I've always loved reading books with simple and relateable plots, and this looks like my cup of tea. Sometimes, there are days when I just want to read something short, and this seems like the perfect book for one of those days.

    Great review as always, Sarika! :)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

    1. Yeah, this one looks like right up your alley. Thank you, Lyra!

  2. I love coming of age stories, and when I can relate to the characters. I think an open ending works best for this type of story. Great Review Sarika :)

    1. Yes, so glad you agree with me. Thank you, Lindy!

  3. Ah, I loved the open ending but the other aspects might make you like the story. Thank you, Aman!


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