#BookReview: When Our Worlds Collide, A Book Review

Akriti has led a pretty much sheltered life. Zayn has been shuttled from city to city when he was growing up. She is comfortable watching her life from the sidelines. He wants to feel rooted to a place he can call ‘home’.

They meet each other quite by chance. And both seize the chance to be someone they both need in their lives: For Zayn, it’s a ‘Partner-In-Crime’. For Akriti, someone who just knows how to be there for her…

When their worlds collide, it is not what either of them expected it to be.

Zayn has a steady girlfriend. And Akriti has a crush on him. What happens these two become friends? The biggest adventure of their lives? Or the road to heartbreak?

What happens when two completely different people collide? Do they become friends? Or, is their friendship doomed from the start?

‘When Our Worlds Collide’ is the story of two twenty-three-year olds, who are finally growing up and finding their feet in the world. A tale of friendship and love, crushes and betrayals, messes and second chances, marriage and divorce… and the elusive happily ever after!

Author: Aniesha Brahma 

Number of pages: 160

First launched: Jan ’16

Plot Overview

Akriti is caught up in her own world. With a father who chose to abandon her and a mother who has her own issues, Akriti feels like Ayoub and a handful of chefs in her little café is her home, keeping her preoccupied amidst all the chaos.

Zayn is clueless about his name. He scribbles in his little diary for he does not intend to miss on a tiny memory of wherever he has lived. He has wanted to come back to Kolkata as a kid and he did after several years.
Coincidentally, Zayn and his girlfriend, Nimmi end up in Akriti’s café where they realize that they have known each other, at school, even if it was for a few days.
Coincidentally, Nimmi asks Akriti to become friends with Zayn and there begins a story that changes Zayn’s, Akriti’s and so many others life for good.
Upon Nimmi’s insistence, as Akriti and Zayn begin to meet and become friends, they realize their mutual fondness for poetry and blogging. Both the characters open up with each other like never before. Once they begin to talk about their fears, the deepest nooks and cranny of their lives that they have never discussed before, their life begins to sort itself out.
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The Damsel No Longer in Distress

The novella offers valuable romantic advice. Perhaps “the one” is not meant to stay back. Perhaps “happily ever after” does not have to mean that the love lasts forever. Perhaps, there is a world beyond the one we believe to live in.

The novella questions the existence of the conventional romance in this world where relationships fall apart in a matter of hours and offers viable explanations to the increasing number of unconventional choices we make these days especially in the sphere of relationships.

My Take

When Our Worlds Collide begins with two individual stories and with every chapter, the stories intertwine with each other to make a wonderful read. 

 Akriti has always been a shy introvert to whom Ayoub has been the only friend. When she meets Zayn, sparks begin to fly. She feels a deep longing to pull herself up and become the carefree happy person she has never had the chance to be. The poetry slams at Suzanna’s, the evening at Princep Ghat, catching up for early morning tea, everything contributes to a pretty picture that makes you giggle and you cannot ignore the butterflies in your stomach for a while. After a certain point where things begin to get intense, you find yourself turning pages, ignoring the effort that the author makes at summarizing each chapter into a title and tagging along relevant quotes.
Akriti and Zayn belong to different worlds. They are thrown together by, call it fate or call it universe. They meet each other and reveal their seriously messed up state of minds to each other. The story is a beautiful amalgamation of the so-called widely believed concept of romance merged with reality.

Final Verdict

The book is a peek into the life of the modern day self-sufficient woman who believes in miracles and finding love but knows when to let go too.

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