Title: You Begin Where I End
Author: Sarang Jairaj
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Publication Date: December 14, 2018
My Rating: 4⭐
This novel is the story of Nafisa, who is just like any other average girl and has a uniquely average boyfriend. Her life is turned upside down when her mother Tamanna dies.
The story revolves around both Nafisa and Tamanna. Tamanna is bought back to life through the pages of her diary she wrote in 1991 which is now being read by Nafisa.
“You Begin Where I End spins two unconventional love stories, set two decades apart – 1991 and 2015 – trying to find an answer to the eternal dilemma of darlings – What is love?”
I loved how the author is able to weave the story of two different worlds in such a beautiful way.
Each words seeps into your heart and grows to become a tree of thoughts, branching into different possibilities.
Simple joys of an average girl are gloriously shown like sitting on the window side of a bus, star gazing and silent walks with your love.
The simplicity of the book was what kept me hooked.
A lot of references of things without using their names for example – ‘an app that sounds like hinder’ was a bit pesky. It is pretty obvious what it is being referred to, and naming it directly wouldn’t have hurt.
I loved the different definitions of love as provided by author. Everyone has different meanings, different understanding about love. And no one is wrong, which is cleverly shown in the story.
I don’t mind saying it is a uniquely average book and I would definitely recommend it for a light read.
Such book, much love
P.S. Don’t judge the book by its cover. The girl in the cover is not at all the fat girl who describes herself as panda in the book.