20 Year School Reunion by Alka Dimri Saklani is a short read that I had borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited Library.
A trip to the past cannot change the memories. But it can change the way we look at those memories.
At the threshold of her thirties, Neerja is still struggling with self-acceptance issues. The roots of her insecurities lay in her school days, so she is in dilemma whether to attend her 20-year school reunion or not.
Against her better judgement Neerja braces herself to face the past and visits her school. But all her strength fades away the moment she sees Vraj; the single source of her best and worst memories.
Will this reunion give Neerja the closure she seeks or will it push her deeper into the layers of past?
Poignant and nostalgic, 20 Year School Reunion, is a story of love, friendship, forgiveness but over and above all, self-acceptance.
We never had a school reunion, but have met friends off and on after school. And what with WhatsApp, we have started keeping in touch with each other. But I am sure, if we have such a reunion, there would be many revelations. The author has narrated the story beautifully making me want to ask my school friends, “How about a reunion?”
The characters are realistic and their feelings are relatable. There are certain things that brought out memories. School friendships are real and they are the best and that is what the author tells us.
So how about calling up our school friends and planning a reunion.