‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ by Faraaz Kazi is truly, madly, deeply a story of love. It’s a story every teenager, every early adolescent youth will invariably connect with. Faraaz has been successful in weaving a story rich in emotion and other matters of heart.
‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ has two major protagonists, as the writer has tried to showcase throughout the book. But as a reader, the character of ‘Sahil’ has also been touching in a way that can’t be restrained and obviously not given not-much-importance-to. Along with Rahul and Seema, Sahil also stands out by the virtue of his unconditional friendship and helping attitude towards Rahul during the latter’s difficult times. The story is spreaded over two countries – the significant part in India and the less significant part in the city of Pennsylvania in the USA.
Rahul and Seema’s love in ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ has been perfectly portrayed in the line of reality. Things that actually happen in schools in initial years in college have been described with ease by the author. His writing is effortless, the words seemingly flowing out naturally from within. Faraaz has been successful to show the immaturity that hounds the young lovers. What Rahul felt for Seema was genuinely from his heart, but the wavelength failed to reach Seema the way Rahul would have wanted it to. Seema misunderstood Rahul as a result, all the while situations being out of the two’s favours and often, been doctored with.
Writing: This book being the author’s first work, not everything was seemingly perfect. But then again, the most striking part of this book was the author’s writing style. The starting few pages of the book were tough to go through, because, as a critical reader you may not always expect a book to start in a way so much unconventional and out of the way, covered in deep layers of melancholy and endless lament. Faraaz shuttles expertly between both the classical and contemporary styles of writing, and in style he did that throughout the book. At times, his style suited the environment that has been created in the story, and at few other times, it felt out of the place. The frequent use of quotations from poets and lines from much clichéd popular Bollywood songs was more of a prosaic move from the author, and it hurts the reader’s rhythm and flow at times. Since the author seems to target the new generation (as they say, the yuppie generation) with ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, his usage of Bollywood clichés and role playing may score well enough. But at the cost of mass-popularity, it is sad to consider that the author may lose the chance of being taken seriously by critical readers.
Overall, ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ is recommended for everyone who has fallen in love at some point of their lives. Emotional aspects in the story have been so well handled by the author that it is bound to make some mark in the reader’s mind