Blurb: This book, Six Teen Mistakes, is not merely a fiction, but it also has a glimpse of the real life the author has seen till now. It’s a story of a boy who has just stepped in a world which he has never seen, a world which looks so good at first but is actually a poisoned chalice. He does those things which he has never done. He cheats, he bunks, he drinks and he is happy till the time when he finds that what he was doing was nothing but digging up his own grave. In the meanwhile, he also falls for a beautiful face, which eventually makes him weep, but soon his wounds gets healed and his tears gets dry, as he discovers something unique. The novel comprises of the things which are very common in any teenager’s life, a common story of some of us, with an unexpected climax.
About the author: Nikhil Kushwaha, an engineer, poet and a novelist, has already entertained his readers in his first book Six Teen Mistakes. A Ranchi boy, schooling from Bishops School and Kendriya Vidyalaya, is a graduate from NIST Berhampur, as an electrical engineer. Being author by chance and a full time author now, he says that it is not necessary to have experience, degree or talent to be an author, but what’s required, is a story, passion and some patience. Believing in realism, his novels are based on what he witnesses around the people he knows, the things he has experienced and a story he wants the world to tell.
Review: This is the two part story written in form of 2 books. The first half of the story is in this book – The Waxing Moon. The narrator calls himself as a person with Deficiency in Intelligence, Luck and Money. He continues narrating about his teenage life when he met Priya at Puri Beach in Orissa while appearing for the first phase counselling of JEE. His love life with separation with that girl and then finding true love in another girl maintains the story also how he makes news friends in Kendriya Vidyalaya in 11th standard. The lovely poems in the story, realistic behaviour of characters, and good storyline are appreciable. The author was not judgemental about any character and that’s what gives you liberty to have your own opinions about the characters and the story. But on the other hand I felt the author is too much of a bollywood movie buff. From Anjana Anjani, Mohabbatein, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Dil toh Pagal Hai – there is a lot of influence of these movies in the story. The book ended abrupt which did not go well for me. For people who love masala-romance-novels this book is a perfect read. For others who don’t like all this can still read without taking content too seriously.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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