Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review- Where The Rainbow Ends by Anurag Anand

Goodreads Summary: 

Where The Rainbow Ends is a work of contemporary fiction based around four principal characters. In the words of Ken Ghosh, acclaimed Bollywood Director, “A refreshingly poignant plot that keeps its readers engrossed till the very end.”

Back cover blurb:

Even the most artistic of imaginings can sometimes seem callow in the face of truth. That which appears may not be and that which lies hidden might just be the stark, naked face of reality.

Rahul had everything going his way – a soaring career, a happy family and all else a man his age could yearn for. And then suddenly his life began to crumble all around him, disintegrating element after precious element, leaving him to watch in helpless horror.

Where had he gone wrong? Was there still hope for redemption, even a solitary ray that he could cling on to?

Avantika, a pretty, vivacious girl who had come into Rahul’s life by pure accident, literally, has suddenly gone missing. Just like that, without as much as a trace.

Where is Avantika? Will Rahul be able to find her? Is it her own past that has come back to consume her or is it something even more vicious and sinister?

Shalini, Rahul’s first love and a girl accustomed to leading life on her own terms. Hailing from a family that exerts considerable influence in the galleries of politics and power, she certainly has the wherewithal to impact a lot of things. Even lives.

Is Shalini fostering a grudge that could displace not one but many lives? Could she be the one behind Avantika’s mysterious disappearance?


*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Where The Rainbow Ends by Anurag Anand from Srishti Publishers & Distributors in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book! 

Where The Rainbow Ends had been lying on my shelf since so long that I've really lost track of how long it's actually been since the time I first received it. I had heard that the book is good and I was looking forward to reading it but for some reason or the other, I kept putting it on hold. For me honestly, the book turned to be surprisingly and unexpectedly good. I used the two adverbs because there are very few books by Indian authors I find to be mature. This was definitely one of those. Of course, it wasn't the best book I've read or anything, but what is was, was really, really good. 

The book summary can possibly be quite deceiving as it paints a very typical picture from where things aren't all that hard to imagine and guess right. It's like anything around us that seems to be a small, tiny and minuscule thing but has more depth than we could have ever thought. Speaking about the story is quite difficult since going from the summary, it's difficult to make out what will count as spoilers and what won't. 

Where The Rainbow Ends is the story of Rahul, a really good guy who finds himself blindly trapped in love, suffers it's consequences and emerges as a role model who is super strong. In the course of time, he comes across Shalini and Avantika, two women who change his life forever and actually contribute in their own ways into making him who he becomes, in ways better or worse, is up to the reader to decide. For me, the story was predominantly about Avantika. She stood out throughout the second half of the book and she deserved all that role and space that was given to her. 

Where The Rainbow Ends has a very intriguing narrative technique that moves from present to past to present within a span of some 200 pages. While I did find a few minute errors here and there, the writing overall was very smooth and simple, which is always better. Author 
Anurag Anand has written a story that has a bit of drama, mystery, suspense and romance. It starts out as a cheerful recounting and keeps getting sadder and sadder which is how I like my stories which means I even liked this book. It was mature, sweet, believable and sensible. It was really good. 



  1. Well, I not surprisingly haven't heard of this one but it sounds like a really interesting story. I like the idea of narration and new and intriguing ways of narrating are always interesting to me. Great review, girl :)

    1. Yeah, this one really was very interesting. Thank you, Tanja!


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