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We Are Alive To Live Only


While writing a book review on novel one has to be cautious in not telling the details, so that reader still needs to read the actual novel, on the same time they should find the basic details of the story in the review. Yes, I will do that.

We Are Alive To Live Only is a story revolving around three young people in their twenties, namely Suhana from Kolkatta, Raahi from Surat and Joy from New Delhi. They meet and a novel is created in Mumbai. You have to read the novel to know how they become friends and how around ten years pass.



Now, before I proceed let me introduce the author. I will only tell her name - Shreya Kataria. Rest of the details of her age, education and intelligence has to be seen in the philosophy she expresses in the novel she has written. I have met her, I have heard her and to be the briefest, I am impressed by her knowledge and the way she exhibits. This much should suffice for now.

I have read books on religions and history in addition to my subject ophthalmology and my caste - Anavil. I regularly read newspapers and magazines but I had not read any novel (fiction) in a while. After a long gap of time, I have read the novel and I am happy. People say you can not stop reading the novel once you start. True, it is proved here. You keep getting curious to read the development of the story and what happens every moment. You want to understand and find out the fate at the end.

We’re Alive To Live Only is a story by an author having uninhibited emotions and modern freestyle life activities. These three people behave as they want to, without being bothered about society or its established so-called norms. Till we continue reading, we live ourselves with Suhana, Rakhi and Joy – may be becoming one of them.

I am tempted to quote a few lines Shreya writes while telling us the story:
I kicked them out of my life who tried to suffocate me. 
Universe choose you to be my father and you did not choose me.
The outer beauty has been criticized a lot, but it is healthy, it makes oneself happy. And that is what we need on the earth to be happy. 
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an entire ocean in one drop.
Names having happiness in their meaning Geigel, Buoyant, Hope, Blithe, Resilient, Bright and Halcyon.
I am not in love.
I don’t want to be in love.
I want to be love.
I want humans to live.
Live their passion, anger, dreams, anxieties, desires and dangers.
Because they are forgetting “We are Alive to Live Only”.
You are not a toy.
You are not here for someone to play and then being put aside.
No one cries for fun.
People who read only can define why it is not reading but actually living.
Life has always been a reckless and unstable thing for me but it has the capacity to make me happy at the end of the day. 
The masculine majority have one thing that they all need a woman and nothing else.
Be grateful for whatever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
She could feel that this person is really considering your value with his hugs, no flirt or any other intention power respect.
Time will heal everything, they say. But when I really miss him, nothing comes up as healing.
She teaches us two more words while the story progresses.

  • SONDER: Sonder means the realisation that everyone around us has the same tragedies, memories, anxiety and love. Everyone has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living and still everyone has something different.
  • IKIGAI: A Japanese word Iki means life and Gai means the realisation of expectation. Ikigai describes purpose/meaning/ reason for living. Everyone has one’s own Ikigai. They have to find it out from deep down of one’s soul. It is like what you have to, for passion. Happy stage of being busy for the lifetime for passion.

Now that you know how interesting, romantic as well as modernized this novel is, reading is a must. I assume you will feel the emotions, love and hatred altogether. Why not buy one “We’re Alive to Live Only” from a distributor that suits you – Blue Rose, Amazon, Flipkart or ShopClues? A jewel at an imaginable low price, rush, pleasure and learning are certain.

Best wishes to the author and future readers!

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Book title: “We Are Alive To Live Only”
Author: Shreya Kataria
Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers
ISBN: 9789353472412
Reviewed by: Dr Bharat Desai, Bilimora


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