Title : Maroon In A Sky Of Blue
Author : Girish Dutt Shukla
Publisher : Self published
Pages : 322
Genre : Psychological Drama
What happens when you start questioning beliefs founded in your sanity?
Withdrawn and reticent, Onir had troubles growing up. He has only two friends; Lavin, who finds solace in Onir’s Zen profundity, has stood by him for 8 years, and Palchinn, who he secretly loves. As Onir starts to come out of his shell and shares his feelings with Palchinn, she embraces him and they settle into a doting relationship. The blossoming young love screeches to a halt when Palchinn ends up in a horrible car accident. Her harrowing death pushes the teenager into a state of suffering.
He tries to get out of this rut and meets Ziya who has suffered a similar loss in the past. As they start bonding, he starts healing. But, Onir’s world comes crashing down when Lavin finds out about the two of them. Is Ziya not who she seems to be or is Onir mistaken about her identity? Is reality just a version of events?
Maroon In A Sky Of Blue is a story of love, loss and grief. It is also a story of endurance, friendship and memories. It is a real testimony to the fact that sometimes it is hard to let go, and often our minds find ways to elude the sorrow that prevails after a agonizing loss.
Onir loses his love Palchinn in a tragic accident. Unable to cope, he retreats further back into his shell. Lavin, his friend is a great support system but Palchinn’s memories haunt his very existence. That is until he meets Ziya, a mysterious girl whose appearance is quite interluding.
The story is mostly about Onir and his struggle. The base of the storyline is quite sturdy, however I would have enjoyed it more if there was subtlety in narration. The ending was great, as it was almost unpredictable. I say almost because predicting endings is something I’m good at, so I could foresee it a bit early. But it was still different and I liked the elusiveness.
Extra stars for the poems at the end of each chapter that portrayed Onir’s state of mind quite beautifully. It was quite a pacey read and fit for readers of all age.
Rating : 4 Stars 🌟