Saturday, 5 November 2016

Book Review: In a friendship by Swapnil Borate

In a friendship - Book Cover

Book Name: In a friendship 

Author: Swapnil Borate 

Publisher: Blackbuck Publications 

Price: Rs. 250 

Story in a nutshell: 

'In a friendship' is a story about five friends - Shree, Priya, Nikhil, Akshay and Dipti. The five buddies study engineering in the same college. Life goes on smoothly for each of them. 

Things begin to change when Shree falls in love with Dipti. The gang now has a love couple. However, this change doesn't affect their friendship much. It is only when Akshay realises about his affection for Priya when real problem starts. The group has two couples which makes Nikhil feel neglected and lonely. What happens when the four learn about Nikhil and his feelings? Do they deal with the situation maturely? 

Akshay's birthday turns out to be a turning point in their relationships. What happens on the day of Akshay's birthday? What is the turning point all about? Is it a good one? 


The cover of the book is eye-catching. Vivid colours and the grid style is something different and I loved it. 

The story is about friendship. The plot has been crafted well but there are some loopholes here and there. The incidents mentioned in the story have been narrated properly and could have been narrated in a better way. The transition between the past and the present could have been done in a creative way. 

The story revolves around 5 characters - Shree, Akshay, Nikhil, Priya and Dipti. Each character is different from the other and it's probably the reason why they share such a strong bond of friendship. Each character has a significant role and importance in the story. No character seems to be left out at any point in this story.

The narration has been done in third person narrative. The language used is way too casual. It appears as if you are reading some journal entry. In a way, its good. The readers instantly connected to the story and the lives of thd characters. The reading experience would havd been enhanced had the narration been done in first person narrative. The story has an open end. A sequel to this story can be written. 

The story tells the readers that every relationship is a derivative of friendship. You can take any kind of relationship. If you aren't a good friend of that person, your relationship will always miss something. You'll feel that something is missing. No relationship in the world is greater than friendship. 

  • The cover. 
  • The manner in which the friendship is portrayed. 

  • The editing suffers at many places. If re-edited, the reading experience will be improved. 

I rate: 

Cover: 4/5 
Characters: 3.5/5 
Story: 3.5/5 

My overall rating for 'In a friendship' is 3.5/5 stars.

You can buy this book on Amazon.

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