I received the book, The light in blackout by Farah Naqvi, as a review copy from Author’s Channel and am thankful to them for the same.
Alizah’s wonderful childhood that revolved around waking up to the sound of chirping birds, playing under the trees with siblings and friends, watching rabbits run, listening to fairy tales under a moonlit sky is suddenly turned upside down by the knock of an unexpected visitor. She is left shattered by strange shocks and jerks in her body gripped by the cruel paws of epilepsy. This sudden turbulence in her life makes her weak, vulnerable, anxious and unsure of herself, where she finds her future bleak. She struggles with her health condition as she enters college. While her best friend Meera who is all set to soar high, clearing her medical entrance, is pulled down by her own family.
Alizah is determined to chase her career dreams and stand by her best friend when she needs her the most. Will she be strong enough to do it? Will she be able to embrace true love when she finds it in Sahil?
A simple, honest and inspiring story of Alizah will take you on a ride to childhood innocence, family ties, the spark of growing up years, enduring hardship with a smile and finding love in troubled times.
Alizah, 9, lives with her family in Lucknow. She has a happy childhood and her sister, Amna,14, and brother, Arish ,12, dote on her. She has a best friend, Meera, who lives near her house. Though not an excellent student, she does well in studies and is liked by her teachers. Things are happy happy until she has seizures one day when she is 13. Her parents, siblings and friends try to hide the episode and the illness from her until she has a seizure in school and one of her classmates tells her what happened. And what follows is what her family dreads, Alizah stressed out and scared. This continues until her graduation. Then with the correct treatment, we see a butterfly come out from the cocoon.
During her postgraduation, she meets Sahil, who falls in love with her, but she is unable to commit because of health reasons.
What happens next………..
The book starts with a prologue which kept me guessing and I had to start the book as soon as I finished it. The author has described Aliza’s life in details from her happy childhood, her traumatic middle years, her happy days and her stressful days.
The book describes through the story, about how people are apprehensive about epilepsy and how wrongly placed their apprehensions are.
The characters are relatable and described well. The author has stressed on the value of relationships- both within the family and outside of it. The book has been written well, but I feel good editing and crisper format would make the book more likable. The language is simple and the detailed story just flows from one page to next.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.