Book Name- Once upon a time in College
Author- Gumlat Maio
Blurb- Between handling cadavers with bare hands, pestering female batch mates as an unknown caller, only to be caught red-handed and to be delivered tongue-lashings by seniors, and a hostel littered with human bones, Gaam, a first-year medical student who has never ventured out of northeastern India before, develops a crush for a north Indian girl; only to be thwarted in his efforts by his flirty room-mate.
He meets the first love of his life – Sonam, an insecure, unpredictable Darjeeling girl – only to add to his confusion, leading to a break up, with no explanation from Sonam.
Gaam’s life is forever bombarded with confusing advice from a busy senior and a roommate on how to handle girls.
Will Sonam ever disclose the reason for the break up?
Will Gaam ever learn how to handle women?
Irreverent and humorous, Once Upon a Time in College is replete with Gaam and his friends’ stupid, unforeseen misadventures.”
My verdict :
The cover of the book is vibrant, beautifully designed. Looks really cute and adorable. The title gives you the hint of the type of the book. A time, that has been spent, though amazing days or heart breaking, but things that held heart once upon a time. The title seems okay-ish.
The story revolves obviously around college students, sonam and Gaam. The story of college, hostel and individual lives affecting everything happening around them. When he tries to add efforts in making her fall in love, he falls for her more deeply. But with the college atmosphere, with the heartstrings heaved, they also pass through phase of breakup.
The narration is beautifully done, with easy and flow of language. The book also contains amazing humour. Which is also real tough when you try to convey through words, making someone else imagine your perception of thinking. The editing is done neatly. Though the story isn’t much grasping or has something new. But the author has portrayed the characters very well. They are cute like college students. The skills of author can keep you stick to the book.