Devastated by the floods, Bipin and his little boy Tublu move to a faraway land, where they meet the Sharma’s. This marks the beginning of a long and enduring relationship between Bipin and the Sharma’s, and the growing friendship of their children Tublu and Maina. The book captures the journey of this friendship through childhood to adolescence and into adulthood. From some interesting school and college humor, the story progresses on and develops into a mature narrative. As years pass, Tublu’s plain and silent crush on Maina develops into deep love and longing for Maina which bears the potential to conquer all of life’s challenges. The story has its share of drama, that entertains; humor, that makes one reminisce; love, friendship and emotions that defines the amazing journey that is, life.
‘Story of Tublu’ is a story about the journey of life where the author has presented all the shades of life; happiness, compassion, conflicts, tragedy and much more. I like the plot of the story; the story starts in the late eighties in Assam and ends in present day in Berline.
The characters are well portrayed. Tublu is a soft hearted, introvert and understanding guy. From childhood he never revealed his love for Maina, whereas Maina has guessed his feelings from certain hints. I like the conversion of childish Maina to mature Maina. The author has given space to other characters; Bipin, Mr. Sharma, Mrs. Sharma, Papluda, Shilpa. Among the other characters I like the character of Shilpa most; she has a strong personality.
This is my first read in ‘coming of age’ genre. I enjoyed every chapter; the main characters grow up together and with the change in the time period they experienced the different shades of life. The narration style of the author is simple yet striking. The plot is simple without any twist and the story is predictable. Jahid has penned the story beautifully. He also gives justice to the tag line of the book ‘an amazing journey called life’. Jahid Akhtar has the ability of storytelling.
I can relate tublu’s college life with mine as I’m an engineering student. I liked the mischief, hard work for studies, ragging, and gossip with friends. The story has kept its place in my memories.
I will give 4 out of 5 stars for the author’s beautiful narration. I would like to recommend it to everybody. I can say it’s worth reading.
About the author:
Jahid Akhtar is a software developer by profession. He was born and brought up in Assam and resides in Bangalore with his wife Anjali and their little daughter, Jia. Jahid enjoys writing about some unforgettable moments, in his blog titled Flashbacks.
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The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.