What comes to your mind when I say the word “Helpline”? Those clichéd responses by telemarketers or customer service executives asking you to be patient while they lie about resolving your problem? Or some exceptionally good executives who actually go out of their way to ensure that your issue is resolved? Well, Uday Mane’s The Helpline deals with nothing of the above mentioned situations. It deals with suicides. It is his debut book and I must say that the idea behind the book is quite interesting.
Getting on to the storyline, Samir & Rachael are the protagonists of the story. Rachael works for a suicide helpline and Samir is suicidal. Somehow fate connects both of them and Samir starts telling Rachael everything about his life. A girl has changed Samir’s life for worse and his love, longing, errors in judgment about her had led Samir to a stage where he wanted to end his life. Rachael understands his situations and tried to bring Samir out of this. Things progress or I should rather say, unfold. Samir gets to know about the mystery behind this helpline and more importantly, Rachael and it leads him to a journey of self-discovery.
Coming to the writing style of the book, Uday has done a fine job. He knows what he is writing about and he has managed to keep the intrigue intact in the story throughout. My only problem with the book was its lousy editing. It could have been much better seeing the fact that the plot and the characters had such a huge potential. Nevertheless, the book can be read once and also, I must mentioned that some proceeds from the sale of this book will go to charity. So, this must give you another reason to shell out some bucks for this one.
Book Source : Author
Publisher : Frog Books
Genre : Fiction
Price : Rs. 145/-