The Blue Moon Day by Santhosh Sivaraj
Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who were lost at crossroads and there was no way back. They had no other choice but the take a plunge into their deepest fears and leave the rest to destiny. The individuals were tested away from their comfort zones and it produced abstruse results: a PhD scholar fights to win pizza-making contest and a tennis prodigy runs for his life on a war-torn, bloodied island.
Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary. Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or they invite it on themselves? Blue moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon story which questions an individual’s priorities, ridicules worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.
The synopsis saying “individuals were tested away from their comfort zone” was what triggered me to read this book and it was a worth read.
The book is divided into five stories which seem unrelated at first but as I continued I found them all related with one “Old Man”. These stories all tell stories about five complete different characters and having different problems yet if you look into these stories deeply you will find these characters among your friends, neighbors, relatives and most of all in yourself. The laziness of the first story character, the love from college days from the second one, too much into work from third, disappointment in fourth and fear in the fifth story is something we can relate in our lives.
Each of these stories are special in their own way yet my personal favourite were the first which is about an unemployed, lazy PhD holder and the fourth of a lonely old man. Each and every story holds some charm in it and quotes in this book are countless and are so meaningful and full of reality that I had to pen them down into my personal collection.
The first story was, as I wrote above, is about a PhD scholar and it tells about the struggle and tries. Trying new things and thinking out of the box.
Education is a way to know things and passion comes from creating things, with or without knowledge. Study you before you study anything. You run with masses, you will end up running all your life. Stop and introspect.
The fourth was about an old man who have recently lost his wife and his son have cut him off as his father doesn’t approve him marrying a girl of different religion. But when he fails to end his life he meets another old man and they start life with new hope.
I thought of comparing fire to joy but instead of extinguishing it I wanted to increase it. The thought that came to my mind was that first of all, the fire of joy must be found – it can be even a little spark. The spark must be communicated to other activities of life. Secondly, there must be more oxygen and fuel by involving more people in the joy and finally this fire must be left to spread all around without any disturbance of guilt or fear.
Though the story and characters helds their ground, I found the language too simple. The style was not professional and sometimes the author used Hindi phrases in English which made the sentence awkward and unpleasant.
The title makes sense in the very end of the book and it was beautiful. The cover and character of the “Old Man” was my favourite for entire book and I’d love to recommend this book to all kind of readers.
Have you read this book? What do you think?