Saturday, August 6, 2011

Truly, Madly, Deeply- Book Review

Author:Faraaz Kazi
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 303

Price: Rs. 175.00
Publishers: Cedar books

Love stories do not die in India; they are born in full vigor like those saplings around the patriarchal/matriarchal tree we find in our village gardens. And again some of them travel away with luring planters and others become prodigal sons. The ones who are prodigal could be recognized from their experimental attributes- but don’t give up hope- for the sons of the soil remain rooted – just like Faraaz Kazi’s debut novel- “Truly Madly Deeply”. So what if the once lovely dovely heart throb of the class Rahul, has to settle off shores, turning into a stone man eventually, beating away bullies who dare to touch his notebook filled with a milieu of love scribbles,  in his very heart- only one name remains craved out- “Seema”.

With no intention to tell the readers, the story in brief (for we all know, the real age old non changing love story formula), I would like to draw focus upon other things. The prime eye catchers of the novel are the pages devoted to poems. Don’t think, simply because I write poems myself, I will start speaking about poems at length. Poems pour in romance and the emotions coming in package along with it- lifting the narrative above many of the other contemporary novels- flooding the markets and perhaps even clogging the readers’ pipe lines in the name of experimentation. Remember those prodigal saplings!

Kazi’s “Truly Madly Deeply” remains truly attuned to the Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones so-unlike Savage Garden lyrics, until the last paragraphs of the novel. The wounds on the heart made by a failed affair pays no heed to the friends’ sugar coated words for the scar remains behind reminding the owner of  the face of his lost beloved. The story conveys the gradual growth and the falling apart/snapping apart sinews of two teen hearts- like their pioneers Romeo Juliet, Leila Majnu- so on and so forth.

For a change you can cast aside your Mills and Boons- and get into this new age bookish Bollywood representations of loving till the end of life and moving on when no hope remains. Faaraz creates the aura, the appeal, and ornaments his words-that will keep away rampant readers. This book might be dealing with the commonest of all things-yet this not a pulp fiction. A story of living through, surviving through separation with the supports of poetic verses and the changing time piece… Now, am I recalling Katherine Mansfield’s evergreen story “The Fly’- time healing syndrome does much- the rest is yet another story.

About The author:

Faraaz Kazi is currently pursuing his post-graduate studies in management in Mumbai. He is a certified soft-skills trainer and runs his own academy in the same field. He completed his creative writing from XIC and obtained a diploma in freelance journalism from the British Institutes. He is fondly referred to as ‘The Young Marketer’ and operates a revolutionary blog with the same name and writes for major media houses on the same subject. He is a fellow member of the esteemed ‘Film Writers Association of India’. 

Further Details:

FB profile- FaraazSKazi
Twitter- FaruKazi
Fan page of the book- TMDbyFaraazKaazi
Author blog-
Official website-
Reach him at-


Sneha said...

wow there is hell lot of links...just like wikepedia ;)
amazed by your work Shreya.

wanderer said...

@ sneha letting the Wikipedia do its job for the time being :)