That’s My Love Story is a thought-provoking novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, adventure and personal journey. This story is for anyone who needs inspiration and motivation that there is another side to pain.
After experiencing deep pain and failure in relationships with several women, Prem, the young man has decided to quit life by jumping from a mountain cliff. But it takes twenty-four hours, on foot, to reach the cliff. Heartbroken and suicidal, he is yet riding high on the adventurous journey. On his way, Prem meets the old man who lives at the top of it. This old man is wise, smart, and intelligent and very similar to a spiritual guru. Together they both set forth on a journey—a journey of self-discovery, of immense discussion, and … about love.
Why has he met the old man? What will happen to the heartbroken young man? Why would he plan to commit suicide by jumping from an inhabited spot? What lessons will Prem learn from his journey? Will he live or die for love? Why is this lover’s journey with an old man important?
This powerful and profoundly inspirational story is a tale of a man named Prem. Throughout this book Prem is mostly reflecting back on his life. He reveals the sadness he felt as a child growing up in Nepal, and all the bullying he had to endure through school. He also recounts the deep loneliness and depression he suffered due to failed attempts at love. He even recalls his desire to commit suicide. That’s My Love Story, written by Santosh Kalwar is basically a well penned, poetically written, positive motivational read for people who struggle dealing with life lessons and coping with failure. Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book Review The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.
Santosh Kalwar's book That's My Love Story is a must read by all. It is about Prem who is reflecting on his life and all the bullying he went through as a child living in Nepal. He also experienced a lot of depression and loneliness because of all the failed relationships he went through. He decides that suicide is the answer. This book is well written and is very motivational for those with problems like Prem. The story is told quite simply as if they are being told by a child. In the end you will be seeing life and love with new eyes. I really enjoyed reading this book. I gave it 5 stars but it does deserve more. I highly recommend it to all. I look forward to more from Santosh Kalwar.
I don’t know whether giving stars ranking to this book either extremely low or high does any justice to the author or the book. I think people say that ‘God, you have given five stars or one starts to this book and it is terrible; it might be discriminating or even undiscriminating’—so then I give three stars to some book just to make author and everybody else happy.
For the last ten years, I have studiously avoided reading any book by Nepalese authors writing in English. I have even avoided reading any book that is merely based on negative reviews or positive reviews. I have known exactly about this book for past few months but just didn’t have time to read any of this man’s work.
Few days past I heard from one of my school friends (a colleague of mine who actually happened to teach at college in Katmandu) told me about this author and his recent love story, he also told me that this is a great book about a depressed man who is severely betrayed by women and travels to the mountains to die extraordinarily.
Later I was told that this book was a story about something much like the philosophical wisdom. A case where someone does not react in a way that is considered to be ‘socially suitable’ especially in the context of Asian sub continents (where many man and women do not prefer more than one relationship) and is therefore condemned by society they live in.
But after 10 years of avoiding reading any book I have finally relented and read this book from a Nepalese author. First, I didn’t think I would enjoy it, really. It didn’t really get off to worthy starts and the character's voice –it is told in third person –later in first person—and mixes in between—was a bit dull. Prem (name of the dominating character) is a man who lives entirely in the present and mostly thinks about stories in flashy mode, how terribly Buddhist of him –albeit, really there doesn’t seem to be all that much to him.
My opinion of the book began to change at “Don’t disturb me until I finish talking.” I particularly liked the old man who kept outstanding philosophical teachings to this depressed young man, Prem. Okay, so it is white humor, but Kalwar is more or less Nepalese –so humor is more or less obligatory.
I’d always been told it was a philosophical text –and so, to be honest, I was expecting to be bored out of my skull. I wasn’t in the least bit bored. I really hadn’t expected this book to be nearly so profoundly funny as it turned out as it is written in simple format with nice short sentences—easy to understand and—very poetically sound.
The main point of the book to me is when Prem realizes he is no longer ‘free’. He needs this explained to him by the old man –because life up until then romantically had been about ‘attached with many girls who used him for their own purposes’. The most interesting part of the book to me was the opening dialogue, the conversation with the old man.
I am definitely not the same kind of wise as Kalwar. To Kalwar there is no truth, the world is essentially absurd and all that exists is the relative truth an individual place on events and ideas. This makes the conversation with the old man fascinatingly interesting. To the old man, the young man who is soon going to face death is –by necessity –someone who is interested in Death.
Prem essentially says, “…Nobody is interested in boring sad stories.” Now, this is a reasonable response. What is very interesting is that the old man cannot accept this as an answer. The world is not allowed to have such a person in it –if such a person really did exist then it would be a fundamental challenge to the core beliefs of the old man (who is also shown as all knowing like a religious guru—there are countless gurus in India and Nepal).
I don’t think I would like to live in a world where people go up and kill themselves pretty much at random and with impunity, but then again, we have already so much suffering—from relationships, failed love affairs, and traumatic life experiences—this is precisely the world I do live in. My point is that it would be better if we did adhere to some sort of moral principles and that these should be better principles than ‘he should kill himself because he didn’t stick at one relationship or the another’.
So, what can I say? I enjoyed this more than I expected –but I’m still glad I waited some time before reading book from Nepalese author (writing in English). I’ll be patiently waiting for this author’s next book. Well done!
A magnificent read that is thought-provoking, sensible, devout, and intense conviction that lights up the problems of the suicidal mind.
I'm glad to read a new genre by Santosh Kalwar which falls more into literary fiction. As with most of the writers who get famous for a particular genre, readers who are familiar with his earlier works will be astounded and are surely going to praise this book.
In this story, Kalwar shows the mentally depressed young man Prem who is heartbroken for not getting right love match for his life. Through the life of the main character, feelings of frustration, emptiness, pain, and dearth of love come to the surface - if his life is so imperfect, why is he alive? Is it because, deep down, he feels that there must be something else to all that sense of the imperfect life he was living. Letting the monster come out is something forbidden, terrible, and unheard-of. But through the monster, he sets forth a journey to rejuvenate himself…to renew his broken soul and love affairs. Kalwar manages to convey through this simplicity is astounding. The book presents so many other philosophical lessons. What I found the most interesting of these is "what truly defines love or makes someone loveable?”
I read this book in the English language version and found it a refreshing take from some of Kalwar’s earlier books on poetry and quotes. Delving deep into the psyche of a mentally depressed young man whose love affairs were failure, he conjured up an interesting tale that resolves pain.
Strange, emotionally depressed man, lacking in love, affection, and with a strange attitude towards religion, love, life, philosophy falls into a good company of an old wise man, and ends-up as returning anew - just to find his best neighbouring friend and a secret lover for new happily-ever-after life.