Sometimes you can hurt yourself more than anyone can hurt you just by keeping all your feelings hidden. The book Forbidden Love is all about yearning for love and that one person to share your feelings with. I happened to read it on a train journey and I finished it so soon. There was no dragging about. It was to the point and the story ended with a clear message.
Sana lives in Mumbai with her mother and twin brother Dev. Her father is an Inspection Officer in a bank and is always away on business trips. According to Sana, her mom and brother are always a team and she feels neglected. Her father loves her but he is always away and there is no one at home to support her. So she focussed on studying and kept to herself most of the time. Everything changed on one holiday when they went to visit Sana’s Maasi at her home in Dehradun. She had a crush on her uncle Karan. So she wanted to spend her time with him. She pours her heart out to him about how she feels unseen at home and he always hears her out and cheers her. So Sana thinks that she had finally found someone who loves her.
They start talking to each other over the phone after the holidays and Sana becomes happy. Finally they both do what they are not supposed to do. Forbidden Love. When everyone at home finds out about the forbidden love, all hell breaks loose. They beat her up and threaten her to stop this nonsense once and for all. She becomes so sad that she tries to commit suicide.
What happened to Sana is very heart breaking. All she wanted was some love and appreciation at home. When children receive ample love and time from parents I don’t think they would go out in search of someone else who could understand their feelings. At least they would think hard before doing anything that they are not supposed to do. After reading this book, I felt grateful and blessed for the wonderful childhood that I had. The things that we take for granted are a dream for someone else. This book reminds how childhood moulds a person’s character. It’s a sad story with a sincere message. I would rate it a 3.5/5. Thank you Writers Club India for the opportunity to read and review this book.