‘You Raise Me Up’ is a story of Aalok, a 27 year old chartered accountant living in Mumbai. His is a story of love, loss & triumph.
The Book is divided into III parts. The Present day, the past & back to present. In part I, we come across Aalok on his way back from Moscow to Mumbai via Delhi.He is your guy next door, a simple introvert who likes his routine & doesn’t really live outside the boundaries he has etched for himself.
Aaloks life is in for a makeover when he meets Priyanka, a young, confident Lawyer girl from Delhi on the return flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Priyanka is everything Aalok is not. Fun loving, spontaneous & lively. She seems to have a spell on Aalok as he finds himself pretty helpless against Priyanka’s wilful nature & seems to go on with everything she asks of him. Over a period of time, we see them falling for each other. But there is a slight problem. It seems something is holding Aalok back, every time Priyanka wants to solidify their relationship.
We understand the reason for this holding back in Part II of the book, which takes us into Aalok’s past. We meet Tanvi, a family friend of Aalok’s family. We are also a witness to Aalok falling in love with her & choosing a career he doesn’t really love, just to be close to her. We also get to see an entirely different side of Aalok, one that is so very different from the Aalok we see him with Priyanka. What is it that happened between Tanvi & Aalok, that changed him so drastically?
The III part is where it all comes together. I won’t be giving up any spoilers here. You have to read the book to uncover the mystery.
My opinion about the Book?
Honestly the book grows on you. I did not really enjoy the I part of the book. I feel the author should have allowed some room for the relationship between Priyanka & Aalok to grow at a more slower pace. It all seems too rushed & unrealistic. But part II changed it all for me. We really get to know Aalok in part II & various dimensions of his personality.I particularly enjoyed the kind of relationship he shares with his twin sister.It is very relate able. I also loved Tanvi & the complexities that came with her character. Part II has a lot of depth to it & the author has really done a fantastic job with the various emotions of the characters in this part. The story really becomes gripping & I just could not put the book down from Part II onward.
The best part about the book is that it gives you a very realistic view of the way life & relationships work. It is not always roses & sunshine. This story is not your everyday romance. It is a story about second chances. It is about understanding that love is never perfect & sometimes the best relationships do not work out even if the love is strong.
Arjun Hemmady, the author of this book is surely one to look out for in the future as well. His writing has the kind of maturity that will see him to many highs. Read the Book & know why I say this.
I will recommend this book to you my readers. The only advice I will give you is don’t stop reading until you have read at least ten pages of part II. I promise you, you won’t put the book down.
About the Author
Arjun Hemmady is pursuing a career in Chartered Accountancy in Mumbai. He works in a manufacturing company. His pastimes include writing, reading & watching movies.