Check what Ankita Arora says about the book One Last time by Author Anubhav Shrivastava
One last time.
Memories are a strange creation of God! Incredibly fascinating, incredibly loose to behold! And most remarkably-you can only revisit them in your mind. They resemble an ineffaceable inkspot on the Life’s journal – one that just refuses to fade away.
It is a story of three friends, Nakul, Prakash, and Aakanksha. Nakul goes to visit the village Bhadroli, where his grandmother used to live, in his summer vacations. There he came across a young boy staring at him, later becoming his dear friend, Prakash. He showed Nakul the beauty and simplicity of a village and how with the most minimal of things, people can still be at peace. – we all come across such heart-touching experiences that leave a mark on us
Nakul came back home with a changed personality, which everyone could sense. Earlier he was this “cool” guy clouded by the fame he received from his schoolmates, and now he was touched by Prakash’s humility which made him value friendship more. -We can all think of someone who showed us the beauty of simplicity
In order for him to visit Bhadroli again next vacation, his mother gave him the condition to score a certain high percentage, which for him was nearly impossible given his interest in studies overall. After a great presentation in school, which was inspired by his stay in the village, Aakanksha, the quintessential topper-cum-dancer, came to his rescue. With her support and help at studies, he was able to achieve more than the desired score, only to visit his friend again. And this time was better than the last. -Haven’t our parents done something like this to us atleast once? 😀
Nakul and Aakanksh became great friends, despite their classmates teasing them of being in a relationship (every kid’s nightmare). Later Nakul got the bad news of Prakash leaving Bhadroli for good, which made him angry and sad. His conversation with his father made him the positivity in the situation. – This was one part I liked a lot. The conversation was really on point.
Then comes the day when he and Aakanksha finally meet Prakash again in Jaisalmer, where Prakash had a job, for which he thanked Nakul since he got him books to learn English language and that made him worthy of this opportunity.
This is a tale of friendship, simplicity, humility, understanding, the need to let go at the right time, more so; of hope. There are few other things I liked:
– The historical input of Gwalior Fort and the knowledge of rainwater harvesting
– The pairing of Nakul and Aakanksha in the given light, we all have met them in our school, a brainy girl and a basketball player paired together
– How well the writing takes you to your cherished childhood memories involving long lost friends in some other part of the country
We all can relate to every part of the story without any effort. It leaves you with a sense of nostalgia.
The thing I found overdone was, the details sometimes were too specific. Like, we don’t want to know if Nakul’s mother paid for the food by her card or cash, rest alone the type of card she used.
Overall a quick and intelligent read.