Title: Rewind And Play
Author: Tarun Gautam
Category: Young Adult+
Series info: Single book
Raghav Diwan is living the American Dream. A successful career, a comfortable and happy married life. One day, he receives an invitation to an evening get-together with his college batchmates. He has not kept in touch with any of them and has no desire to meet them. But the past seems to be calling him. The past wants to reveal something to him. Will he open the door to let the past in? Will he let it change his future? Will he press, rewind and play?
When I first saw the synopsis for this book, I was a little confused about what it would actually contain. The title tells that we will be revisiting the main character Raghav’s past, but why? I picked up the book nonetheless and it turned out to be not bad.
Raghav has everything—an amazing career that gets him awards, a cool wife and a good home life. All he’s thinking about is meeting his next goal. But one day, because of one problem, it all comes crashing down. Raghav loses his job, his reputation becomes ruined and finding another job seems harder.
In the midst of a storm, Raghav receives an invite from his friends to get together with them for an evening. He doesn’t want to go, because he has nothing to show at the moment. He is at his lowest. But he ends up going and remembering the past reminds him of his roots.
Most of the book is just scenes and memorable events that occurred in Raghav’s four years of college along with his friends. All of them take turns narrating a story, each of which brings a little of that old life back into them.
My Thoughts on the book:
- The editing should have been better.
It was the sole reason because of which I had a hard time liking the book in the beginning. I actually took out a pen and corrected the mistakes. It didn’t help that the flow of the book wasn’t smooth in the beginning, so I couldn’t immerse myself into the story. The flow actually was jarring when the book would jump back to the past and come back.
- I stuck through the book and it actually became better.
I finally put my pen down, stopped annotating and let the book go. I got used to the flow and the editing mistakes, or at least I managed to not notice them much, and I ended up enjoying the book a whole lot more.
It took me two days to get properly into the book, but once I did I finished it in a day.
- I actually really liked the flashback stories.
I’m studying Engineering in India too and the best part about reading an Indian book set in college is that I could REALLY relate. I saw the fun they had in the fun that I have today. I saw my experiences in the story. That made the book a whole lot more enjoyable.
The stories were nothing so outrageous that I would have a hard time believing them. They were interesting but what they meant for the characters made the stories much more meaningful. The group really reminisced and got caught up in their memories, becoming wishful and nostalgic.
I’m a sucker for reminiscing and a good group of friends. In fact, I was with my friends talking about high school just a couple days back. I saw my friends and I in the characters.
- The characters were really dynamic.
The group of friends were from all over India and all of the cultures and references were brought in. In a subtle way, I saw how every person in the group was important to the group and the different addition they bring to the table.
The friends made mistakes together, were foolish together and grew together. They learned from each other and learned together. I really liked the group.
- I really liked how the book ended.
With every memory being remembered, the characters felt a piece of their old selves in them surfacing. They remembered that life and who they were at the start. They remembered their roots and sometimes, all it requires for a person to find direction is to find their roots.
The ending put a smile to my face and I ended the book content. All is well that ends well, and it was truly the case with this book.
If you’re looking for a book about the Indian college life and are looking for something to relate to, you should pick this up.