Love stories in different shades and hues, love stories that make you nostalgic and mushy; all that the introduction talks about this book is true. It speaks of love, romance, the wait and the meeting all the things in between that make up love for us humans.
The book and its stories truly read like a diary! If Namrata had mentioned a date and place on top the page for each story it would truly feel like I was reading through the pages of someone’s personal diary. The different stories all have a common thread of love, longing and searching for that elusive feeling of being someone’s special something.
“Love is always beautiful then, now and forever. It is people who make it ugly.”
The outstanding element is the poetry in the book. Almost all of them evoke so much sentiment. I got all mushy and even wanted to send a couple to my hubby but resisted since he knows I am not big on poetry and I would have not heard the end of it. Still poetry lovers would delight in these lyrical verses. The stories move at a steady pace and each is different from the other and many of them left an impact, many read just like a love letter from an anguished, scorned lover. The expression of emotion is Namrata’s strong suit and what better than poetry.
One thing that made me cringe were the errors, another book that could used an expert editor. The language of the book let me down as I found numerous grammar and editing issues. As I mention repeatedly, nothing mars a good book like the lack of proper editing and Metro Diaries is no exception to it. Hope a reprint fixes them and readers enjoy this ode of love even more.
The quotes and influence of the words of the famous Pablo Neruda add to the book and this quote sums it up so well,
“To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.”
Namrata has written such sublime stories, many of which will resonate with the reader since they have been in similar situations. In this age of email, love letters are a rarity and reading this will remind us what we have lost by not penning our thoughts. These letters reminded me of the letters and cards I had written during my courtship. A couple of stories; Once in a Lifetime and A Promise of a Lifetime could be made into a novella, such was their impact. Will You was full of all the dreams of any lady would love having fulfilled, such were the promises. Imperfectly Perfect touched my heart with its truth. Love Revisited, The Last Letter are stories that leave an impression on the readers mind.
Namrata also said that one of the stories is her own but I could not guess which one; I need to ask for more hints. Going to PM her right now.
A book that connects with a reader on a personal level; that is what Metro Diaries does. Go, read and find your tale of love in it.
(I got a copy of the book from the author via The Book Club, thoughts are my own.)
Love is one of the most amazing feelings on this earth, one that makes you the most powerful person or the most helpless person in a split second. These stories capture those feelings of despair, longing, love, lust, desire, want, dejection and admiration to create deja vu. Hold onto your hearts as you flip through these pages and take a walk down the memory lane, as “metro diaries” will revive your innermost feelings and imbibe in you the magic of love. Touching, amusing and deeply moving, metro diaries – love classics are tales that will hold you from start till end.
Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 8 anthologies a reviewer for leading publishing houses an editor to various books and a columnist. Apart from that she is also the editor for an online magazine called Writer’s Ezine. Having mastered the nuances of finance till recently she also held the title of an investment banker closely to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.
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