October 15 2016

A Forgotten Affair


Blurb: Sagarika Mehta walks out of her nine-year-old marriage, meets with a near-fatal accident and goes into a deep coma all on the same day. After six months, she wakes up with no memory of her past. When she is discharged from hospital a year later, Rishab, her husband, whisks her away to an unfamiliar address in Gurgaon to convalesce. There, in that plush apartment, with people waiting on her hand and foot, Sagarika can’t shake off the feeling that something is wrong. Why does the scent of a particular cologne unsettle her? Why does the innocuous word ‘cheeni’ bother her? And why is Rishab so evasive in response to her queries about her past?  A Forgotten Affair is a gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds.

About the Author: After writing feature articles for various publications, PR firms and companies for nearly two decades, Kanchana Banerjee decided to pursue her long-cherished dream – to write a novel. She holds a master’s degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband, son and two dogs, Archie and Casper. A Forgotten Affair is her first novel.

Review:  I finished reading “A forgotten affair” in quick span of time. It was an easy and fast read for me after a long time. It was a bit difficult to believe that it was Kanchana Banerjee’ s debut book. She is one of the most amazing writers I have read this year. Every chapter was written so beautifully, that kept me and also might be the others readers interest alive till the last page. If you are a married person, this book provides good lessons if you are in current bad phase of relationships and would want to look beyond your fixation to give life a second chance after reading the book. In her debut novel, the author Kanchana marvellously brings about essentials of mystery, suspense, relationship, a woman’s defencelessness and also the power of a woman.  The story is of Sagarika, married to Rishab, a successful businessman. More than a year after an accident, she grapples with memory loss. After a prolonged stay in the hospital in Mumbai, Rishab relocates to Gurgaon eager to have a fresh start and with the hope that Sagarika would convalesce quickly. The book is astonishingly description and the choice of words used by the author is worth positive reception. The suspense element is built so well around the story that it was difficult not to put down the book for me. Not one but there are many interesting lines in the book and one of them being -“Sometimes you need to forget everything to recognize what matters the most”. The climax is what makes this book so special. With a set up against a tragedy of bomb blasts- there is no room for despair but only hope and strength after reading – A forgotten affair. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.

“This post is for Day 15 of UBC and Daily Chatter

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