Is there something called a happily-ever-after? And, is there a point in your life when you regret a past love? Is there a point when you are willing to throw away a perfectly happy marriage just because that past love surfaced in your life?
It Was Always You, written by Sudeep Nagarkar, wades through these questions in his latest book.
It Was Always You by Sudeep Nagarkar Book Review
Set in the backdrop of the pandemic that played havoc in many lives, the book flits through the stories of Karan, Shruti, Aditya, and Jasmine.
Karan and Aditya are two friends who’ve been a part of the highs and lows of each other’s lives. When Karan settles down with Shruti, the marriage faces the first roadblock when the lockdown that paralyzed the world affects the marriage.
After what seems like an eternity, they return to the new normal life, only to be faced with circumstances that test their love for each other. From losing a job to getting infected with the dreaded COVID. Just when everything seems spiraling, Karan is elated when Shruti is pregnant. It was everything that they wanted in life.
And just when things seem to be in place, Karan is plagued with a secret that he finds difficult to keep. His old love enters his life, and the thoughts of what life would have been with her take over his heart and mind.
In a parallel story, Aditya and Jasmine have their story unraveling. The seemingly perfect couple has their own demons to accost. Aditya, the writer, is hit with the harsh reality that he will probably have to dig into their savings when his writing work comes to a halt. Jasmine is torn when she faces a layoff. With both of them shielding their emotions, the marriage is bound to take a turn. And it does, when in a drunken stupor Aditya says things that have been plaguing him ever since the pandemic disrupted their lives.
Will Karan and Aditya work towards keeping their marriage afloat? Or would they succumb to making a decision that they would regret later?
What I loved about It Was Always You.
A breezy narrative that keeps you wondering what would happen next? The characters are people you and I would relate to. Karan, Shruti, Jasmine, or Aditya. It could easily be us or people we know. Their story could be ours too. How often have we chosen to stay in the past, letting it affect our present? And what have we done to get out of the dilemma? If you are looking for a light read that fills you with the hope that love and friendships are for keeps, give this book a read. After all, love conquers all!
It Was Always About You is a beautiful read about keeping friendships and relationships afloat.