Family Life by Akhil Sharma

At the outsetImage, I would like to thank Vivek from Flipkart for sending me a review copy of Akhil Sharma’s “Family Life” as a part of the Flipkart Affliate Programme. It is the story of the Mishra family that immigrated from India to the United States.

The story begins in 1978 when the author, Ajay, is eight and his father, an accountant, sends tickets to the US for his mother, his elder brother, Birju, and the author. Once the tickets arrive, their life changes, the family has to give up on their possessions, one by one and Ajay has to give up his bucket of toys. They move to the US, the kids start school and their mother takes up a job. Birju, the intelligent one, gets into the school which his parents want him to attend. And then suddenly, tragedy strikes. Birju goes into coma following a near fatal accident in a swimming pool and the life of the Mishra family changes overnight. the story moves on to talk about how the family deals with the crisis.

A very well written, more like an autobiography. The characters are relatable and life like. The seventies India that the author described made me nostalgic. The book has been written in first person and Ajay’s conversations with God were the type of conversations that a normal child of about eight or ten would have with God- so natural.

The book has been with written in such a way that I did not realize that I had tears running down my cheeks.

It is an emotional read but it also tells about the inner strength of a person.

Book source: Review copy as a part of the Flipkart Affiliate Programme

Publisher: Penguin

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