Love @ Air Force by Gaurav Sharma is the story of two friends Sushil and Shabd, best friends in class eleventh and twelfth and now both in the Air Force. I received this book as a part of the Readers Cosmos Book Review Program. Thank you, Nimi Vashi, for the book. I would also like to express my thanks to the author of the book for making the effort to courier the book to me.
The story: Sushil Awasthi and Shabd Mishra were classmates and best friends in class eleven and twelve, in K.V. Chandigarh. Shabd made him realize what a true friend is. Shabd was n all-rounder, better in studies, sports, debates, everything. In school, Shabd was in love with Soumya Maharishi, the daughter of a senior Air Force Officer and Shabd’s father was a Junior Warrant Officer. Difference in the ranks of their fathers in service prevented Shabd to communicate his feelings to her. Sushil got recruited in the Indian Air Force after class twelfth exams and left for the training immediately. He thought it was the best career at that time to bail his family out of the strained circumstances at the earliest. Shabd joined AFMC, Pune thinking that he would make an eligible match for Soumya but when he passed out, she is already married to an Air Force Officer. They have never met since 1990.
Twenty Years Later: Now, in late thirties, Sergeant Sushil Awasthi, posted at AF station Agra, goes to the Station Sick Quarter and finds that the new medical officer is Wing Commander Shabd Mishra. They forget their designations when they see each other. Sushil is married to Divya has two kids Uday and Snigdha. Divya taunts him all the time and his children are his only achievement in life. Shabd is not married, he still clings to Soumya’s memories and has a box of memorabilia full of things he has been keeping for her all these years. Sushil tells Shabd that he needs to consult a psychiatrist. Shab uses his influence to get Soumya’s husband transferred to Agra. Will Shabd be able to communicate his feelings to Soumya? Will she reciprocate? What is Sushil’s role in the love story? You have to read the book to find out.
The review: The story has been written in first person, the narrator being Sushil. The language is simple and easy to follow. The disparity between the officers and the staff in armed forces has been highlighted in the book. Though, the story has been written in the present, the flashback has been beautifully woven into the book. The characters have been well developed and easily identifiable. It is a love story with a difference.
A nice light read.
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