Sometimes, you do not write your story, it writes you. You don't choose your story, it chooses you. But would you believe it if someone told you, ‘This is Not Your Story’? Would you have the courage to rewrite it? Shaurya, a CA student. This is his story of following his dreams. Miraya, an interior designer. This is her story of believing in love. Anubhav, an aspiring entrepreneur. This is his story of giving life another chance.
After her record-breaking debut novel Everyone Has A Story, Savi Sharma tells a transforming tale of courage, hope and self-discovery.
‘Everyone has a Story‘ which is India’s first successful self published novel by a female author. An Amazon Bestseller will be now re-published by India’s top publisher Westland Books. The author of this novel is Savi Sharma, an inspirational writer.
Besides, Savi is also Chief Content Officer at Life & People where her role is to write, curate and publish interesting articles related to Positivity, Law of Attraction, Spirituality, Meditation, Healing, Success Stories, etc. which has helped in her personal and professional development.
Importantly she believes that it has given her a higher perspective of life and people which is very important for a storyteller.
"I want to be an inspirational fiction writer. Inspire people by everything I write. I want to write simple stories, about real and relatable characters. I strongly feel that’s what today’s generation need. An escape that brings them to reality. Give them courage, hope and strength. Yes, I would add romance and love in my writings but it won’t be for marketing. It would be because love is what we all need," says Savi.
This is a story of self-discovery by Savi Sharma, just like her first book.
Here she tells the story of Shaurya, Miraya and Anubhav. The writing might appear too preachy to some readers, especially if you are someone who doesn't like to read self-help. If you are ok with this genre, you might get one or two interesting quotes that might help you from this book.
(Edit 13/09) I have so many issues with this book that I ended up restarting a blog I had from ages ago just to rant about this masterpiece. It's a separate post because it's hella long (around 18 pages on MSWord) https://caffeinatedmix.wordpress.com/...
Each time the author uses the word 'story', a puppy dies.
Indians who tend to write in English fall into 2 categories: the ones who owe their existence to a word processor, and then the rest who actually know how to write. Savi belongs to the former category, as does a lot of the other new breed Indians writing in English. Savi forgets that stories have characters and characters have to be multi dimensional, not flat like all her characters are in this sad apology of a book. Whatever message she was trying to get across, sadly is lost since neither of her characters inspire any feelings in the minds of the reader, atleast not in me. The plot as hackneyed as ever is to follow your dreams, and with the material she has at her disposal this entire book becomes almost like a cartoon book since the reader can't feel the pain, anguish, joy, sadness, euphoria she thinks her character undergo.
It is a story of determination, desire, and self-discovery. The main characters were Shaurya, who has dreamed of going to Mumbai to become a filmmaker. Miraya, an interior designer, comes to Jaipur for a new start in her life. Anubhav, an ambitious entrepreneur, and Kasturi, Shaurya's love interest and neighbor.
Shaurya wants to go to Mumbai, but due to family pressure, he persuades CA. Miraya had a broken marriage which she wants to forget and try to focus on her work. Anubhav faces the tragedy of losing his parents and soon becomes an alcoholic and a disgrace to his company. Shaurya's unfulfilled dream ate his soul, but he could not take a stand for his dream while Kasturi helps Shaurya and Miraya, and then three of them help Anubhav. They all have their problems except Kasturi, and it was a bit confusing. They all share an emotional bond with each other. Each character tried to overcome their fear or insecurity.
I like the part when Anubhav wants to end his life, and these three musketeers help him to restart his life. The author tried to keep characters simple, but they are immaturely developed. Sometimes characters overreact to silly things. Savi Sharma's debut 'Everyone has a story, and now 'this is not your story, I really don't understand her obsession with the word Story. But the story is completely different from the one she had written in her debut book, and his writing is definitely improving. Some unwanted things or phrases are used repeatedly, which is annoying, like how Miraya started drawing at any place, and the storyline is boring in a few places. But, overall, it's a light-hearted story. If you like a simple fictitious love story with no surprise element, then this is definitely your story to read; otherwise, it's a waste of time and money.
Savi Sharma is, without a doubt, the most popular writer in India right now. I have heard about her debut book ‘Everyone has a Story’ for a while (it is all over the place on social media), but when I checked out Goodreads—the most genuine book review site—some months ago, the unflattering reviews that I read caught me in a web of reluctance. And I have not had a great experience reading bestselling Indian commercial books in the past, so I kept myself from trying her first book out. However, recently, I saw that her second book had come out. A few days back, I thought of checking out the reviews of this book. I could not find even a single negative review. I was feeling bored that day, so somehow, I decided to give it a go.
I must admit that my expectations were quite low before flipping the first page. I don’t know if the author will read my review, but I feel like mentioning that I met her at the Bangalore Times Lit Fest prelude last month. I even asked her a couple of questions. One of them was—how do you tackle negative reviews and whether you soak in points of improvement from them? She replied in the affirmative but said that she doesn’t pay heed to reviewers who purposely try to down the book. I have not read her first book, but I feel that the negative reviews did form a preconceived notion in my mind—that she was just another Indian commercial fiction author (and there are many) using bland language and delivering a cliched story. In her first book, the author had, presumably, not focused on the parents of a particular character. I think those reviews have had an effect on her because, in this book, parents of almost all the characters have a major role to play.
The story begins with Shaurya unable to break himself from the chains of his hesitation and flee to Mumbai to achieve his dreams. The other characters are also introduced well. But the one thing that really pushed me down a ledge of astonishment was her language. As my eyes swept through each beautifully constructed sentence, the wall of my presumption broke brick by brick, and in no time, a flower of admiration sprung up from the ashes. Poetic sentences are littered throughout the narrative. I was amazed. I have read almost all popular commercial Indian authors, and apart from Preeti Shenoy to an extent, no-one has even come close to achieving this level. I read only literary fiction nowadays, and throughout the book, I never got the impression that I was not reading another literary fiction novel. The language is so good. The metaphors are brilliant and quite original, and the way she plays with words is magical.
The story is also built up quite well, especially the parts dedicated to Shaurya, his girlfriend, and Miraya. Using Miraya’s notebook as a narrative tool is also a well-played card. Doing that, the author could directly tell Miraya’s emotions instead of having to show them if she was given another POV, thus saving a lot of words. However, the character of Anubhav isn’t given enough justice. Even when the tragic incident happens in his life, I could feel no emotion as neither I knew the character properly nor was his relationship with his parents lent the detailing it should have. Even after the disaster, almost no memories are shown; why he couldn’t resist alcohol, smoking, nothing is shown, just told in a few sentences. It is difficult to feel sorry for the character. I feel that about 50 pages should have been added to flesh out the character a bit more.
The descriptions are written nicely, and they never felt excessive or insufficient.
I liked the fact that no expletives have been used throughout the book. Hinglish and Shayaris (found in many other Indian commercial fiction books) have also been thankfully avoided. Sex is conspicuous by its absence, thus making this read safe even for early teenagers. However, one thing I didn’t like was that some of the dialogues were too preachy and artificial. And Anubhav’s dialogues directed at his girlfriend towards the end of the book were just too cheesy. And the particular phrase ‘I will write my story again’ was overused. Generally, people don’t talk like that. However, apart from these minor issues, the book is good. The only reason why it couldn’t become memorable for me was that it never made me cry. I could feel for the characters throughout; the emotions were portrayed skillfully, but I just couldn’t find those heartbreaking moments that tear your heart apart.
The ending was predictable and a bit too sweet, everything falling into place. I know it’s an ideal culmination to an inspirational novel, but it still felt too good to be true. The intimate portion was again a bit unrealistic, especially considering that it takes place at a busy Indian railway station.
But this is just the second book of the author. She has a long way to go, and with the array of exceptional writing tools in her repertoire, I don’t think it’s long before she writes a classic, especially if she keeps improving with each book and doesn’t mind increasing the length of the book to flesh out the characters more. Wishing her all the best for her subsequent books.
After "Everyone Has A Story", Savi Sharma has come up with her second book named "This is not your story" which is again sold like hotcakes.
The story centers around four youngsters namely Shaurya, Miraya, Anubhav and Kasturi whose dreams, desires, failures and bonding of love and friendship have been highlighted greatly. Shaurya dreams to become a filmmaker but is forced to persue Chartered Accountacy by his parents. Miraya is a talented interior designer who has had a tragic incident in her life with marriage. Anubhav is a successful entrepreneur who has faced extreme tragedy and has no will to live any longer and Kasturi, Shaurya's love-interest and neighbour is an MBA aspirant who is a happy-go-girl with lot of positive vibes. The story takes a roller-coaster ride when these characters meet and tackle their problems to re-write their stories of life.
The writing style of the author is simple yet decent. Quotes like "Sometimes you don't write your story, it writes you. You don't choose your story, it chooses you" is immensely appreciating. The story is divided into three parts- 'fours years ago', 'present day' and 'three years later' with three voices narrating the story- Shaurya, Miraya as 'Miraya's diary' and Anubhav. However these characters lack passion in themselves. The characters are not well justified by Savi. The protagonist, Shaurya has been a 'frustrated soul' and a 'coward' throughout the tale. It is only Kasturi who has been interesting to some extent with good vibes though she has not been given a lot of importance in the story by the author.
The prologue is quite intriguing although the plot is highly boring, predictable with so many unrealistic incidents. Author, Savi Sharma has presented us with yet another 'filmy' tale just like her previous book which is far better than "This is not your story" which is actually not even a story. The climax is predictable as well as 'filmy'.
Overall, this is a 'light read' book with a fast pace. "This is not your story" is overhyped and is not worth the money by any ways. There are many good books on inspiring romance drama but this is an absolute failure.
If you didn't like the author's first book... you may want to change your mind. I certainly did. This book is truly good with some great characters that have been given enough space and that connect with you. The plot is fairly simple yet it is not about where the story goes. It is more about the emotional struggles of the people in the story and what they do about it. Without beautiful scenic descriptions of the places from Jaipur city, you will certainly find some inspirational quotes and lessons from this book. The struggle of this guy who cannot gather enough courage to chase his dreams... the fate of this guy who realizes his dream only to lose everything... the reluctance of this woman who had a dream come true only to get it shattered by the closest people in her life and this girl who is always hungry... this is not your story is a story that you would enjoy reading.
I was researching before publishing my first novel and thus, bought this book to study the 'trend'. Maybe due to this critic attitude, I found this book nothing unusual. Besides, it surprised me on the trend and what people like. If you ask me what I read, I can stay the book has the word 'story' everywhere. It seems repetitive. In situations, dialogues thought processes and everywhere, unnecessarily 'story' has crusaded. 'It's my story.' 'I'll write my own story' and similar sentences with the word 'story' you can find everywhere which doesn't make any sense. The characters are immaturely developed. One of them, Miraya, is always portrayed busy in drawing. She gets to any place, she starts drawing. The story is dragged without any reason. Same things happen periodically. You wonder- have I read this before? Is this situation repeated? Is this the same 'story'? The stress is only on the word 'story'. Now you decide whether to read this 'story'.
You were standing in middle of your path and if someone would say to you to rewrite your story, what would you do. You find it amusing and babyish, but Savi Sharma makes it possible by choosing her path of storytelling, leaving her professional degree in between. Her first book inspired many hearts and here she is with her second book, telling you to follow your heart and re-write your story, but, this time the hand that put pen to the paper is, yours.
Shaurya dreams to become a filmmaker and wants to pursue a course in Mumbai. He has a keen eye for his art and wants to live every moment with his passion for making films. Anubhav followed his dream to become an entrepreneur and he did become at a very young age but life played a cruel joke with him. Miraya’s dreams overpowered her relationship with the love of her life. Will they gather the courage to re-write their story or surrender themselves in the hands of fate? Would you for once listen to your heart?
The author marvels in storytelling. This story is completely different with the one she had written in her previous/debut book. The story is inspiring and makes you think and re-think about your life and goals. One you set for your life and one others’ set for you. Which way do you want to go? A story of dreams and life. Simple, comprehensible and admirable work of art of writing.
This is not your story is a story that is predictable. It is not one of your thrillers where you would be dying to know what happens next. But what it is, is a story that you may know how it will end but you still read and at the end feel good. The book is good if you are new in the literary world and have just started reading books but if you have already read many books or seen many bollywood films you will know that the book is predictable and kind of boring in a few places. I guess you cannot stuff more into a small book but still the characters and their actions don't feel completely justified in many places. Overall it is decent book that can be read in few hours while travelling without investing too much on the characters.
As I mentioned earlier I wanted to give this book a try after the first one.The book was good.A pleasant read I would say.Loved the title and how the story revolves around 4 people (mainly 3) who rewrite their unfinished story.The books is definitely engagaing and the storyline is good too.It could have been less repetitive at certain places but overall it was fine.I enjoyed reading it.The book is definitely motivating to an extent but slightly overrated. Though I would say that going by how my rating and opinion improved after her first book I would definitely like to try her other book in future because her writing seems promising.
The popularity of Savi Sharma and word-of-mouth caused me to buy this book. I had hopes from this one, bigger hopes. But when I started it, I felt the storyline was too simple and predictable. I am not saying this is a bad book. But I am also not saying it's a good book. Its just average and I have mixed feelings regarding this one. Sure there are things in this book that are worth admiration I.e. it's writing.
Its brilliant because writings like this in Indian literature is a rare case. The plot is surely not so compelling but the smoothness in writing will have you seated to read further when nothing is going on. I am sure everyone will be satisfied with the writing style because its not a Chetan Bhagat crap that needs you to endure. The characters are annoying most of the times except for Miraya. Though I felt she was aggressively irritating in the beginning, but you will be able to relate to her as her part advances. She is the only character I liked in this book and she inspires many times as well.
I have got nothing to talk about Shaurya. He is just simply, cowardly, interest less character who is too afraid to persue his dreams. I hate reading his P.O.V. as much as the scenes of Kasturi. She feels like a deliberate attempt of author to fill the place of Shaurya's love interest. She comes with colours and happiness and keep on inspiring for no reason. Ugh.
Anubhav's part is interesting but sometimes his storyline feels like R.J. of Aashiqui 2 who is in dire need of his Aarohi. But still, I liked his chapters. I wish this book was only based on Miraya's and Anubhav's life. No Shaurya or Kasturi to interrupt their motivation for each other. I would have rated it with 5 gilded stars if this book had no Shaurya (and no Kasturi).
One more thing I like about this book is Savi represents strong female characters with strong storyline but again, they are too stereotypical. I feel absence of complexity in her characters. I hope she will modify her way of character development.
All I can say in conclusion is it can be read once if you are free and would love to read collection of quotes with simple storyline of simple characters.
As someone trying to understand the target audience and understand what they like, I was searching for a few highly rated Indian writer novels. Looking at the 4.4 rating on Amazon and with the Kindle Unlimited subscription, I went ahead with this.
But now, I kind of regret it. As I read the first book, I can say that this is definitely an improvement but still is not up to the mark. The words, 'Furrowing brow… Phantom… Story...' keep popping up, irritatingly. The length is another disturbing part as the author drags the whole story with repetitive scenes.
A close enough picture of what our generation faces in life. We are creating our story, filling in the blank pages of our life day by day. Yet we sometimes leave it to others to decide what we write in those pages due to lack of confidence or fear of taking the leap. Characters are such that one can relate to easily. The writing is good but could've been better.
"Sometimes you don't write your story , it writes you."
The book is takes place over seven years and is divided into three parts - ' four years ago ' ,' present day ' and ' three years ago '. The dreams , failures , desires and bonding of love and friendship of four characters - Shaurya , Kasturi , Miraya and Anubhav are explored and have been highlighted greatly. The story evolves around how they meet and how they strive to re write their stories. The writing style is simple and decent but to be honest I felt that it lacked passion.
Shaurya has been a frustrated soul and a coward throughout the book. He dreamt of becoming a film maker but his dreams were crashed when his parents forced to persue Chartered Accountancy .Life throws Anubhav , a successful entrepreneur , off track when he faced the most extreme tragedy imaginable and he looses his will to live any longer. Miraya is a talented interior designer but her life was not easy on her. She has given up on love. Kasturi , Shaurya's crush rather love interest slash neighbour is a happy-go-lucky girl , positive vibes ooze out of her. But the characters are not well developed and are sort of lacked maturity.Shauraya , Anubhav and Miraya (through her diary) were chosen as narrators . It is only Kasturi who appealed to me and seemed interesting to a major extent with her goody vibes, smiles and calm personality but the author didn't give her a voice or much importance. I wanted to know more about her and her feelings .
The prologue seemed interesting but somewhere into the book it started to feel boring.To be honest this book seemed overhyped but it you want a light read with a fast pace - you can give it a try. . . Rating : 3⭐/5
"Sometimes, you do not write your story, it writes you. You don’t choose your story, it chooses you. But would you believe it if someone told you, ‘This is Not Your Story’? Would you have the courage to rewrite it?"
This is not your story is the second book from the bestselling author of Everyone Has A Story, Savi Sharma. The novel is an inspiring fiction tale released on 14th February 2017 and published by Westland ltd. The cover page is very simple and subtle in colours of brown and orange having a view of a couple standing at the railway station which is very much connectable to the story.
This Is Not Your Story is a tale of Shaurya, a CA student who wants to achieve his dream of going to Mumbai and becoming a filmmaker. On the contrary is Anubhav, an aspiring entrepreneur who has blessings of his parents to achieve his dream and is working in Bangalore. Miraya, is Shaurya's next door neighbour's cousin, she is an interior designer and has a very dreadful past.
The plot is very engaging and is slaying. Author has sketched the characters very well. One can easily relate with the happenings of the plot. The narration is very inspirational and is a ride filled with heartfelt emotions.Author has used her magic of words to narrate a relatable story. The prologue is very beautiful and author has made us feel that one can rewrite his story. As usual, like her first book she has used various quotes which are very inspiring.The pace of the book is fast. She has used the the first person point of view in each chapter which is very impressive. A very motivating and an enthralling read.
Overall, this novel by Savi Sharma is a beautiful read. One can easily finish it in one sitting. I highly recommend this book to everyone because each one of us wants to be motivated.
I really liked the first book of this author, so this was a must read for me. Savi Sharma has a style of writing which i think engrosses you into the book and also inspires you. If you were in the middle of a path and don't know which way to choose would have the courage to re write your story? That is what this book talks about, writing your own story.
This a story about a boy, Shaurya who is pursuing CA but has a different dream of his own. It is a story of 4 people whose paths cross each other in Jaipur and how they help each other to get courage and achieve their dreams. I personally liked the character of Miraya, each time a page of her diary opens there is lot of courage and determination that can be seen in her. After going through a lot in her life she makes her career and dream her life to heal that pain. Anubhav, tells us how you can be lost and get back to the right path to achieve something in life when have the zeal to do it.
Its a story which is predictable yet something to which most of us can relate. At some point of time in life we must have faced a situation where you had to make important decisions of the life and may be at times we were lost too. This book inspires you to write your story as you dream. Every one has a story and you are the one to write your own story. Its a nice inspiring story.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Starting was perfect. Ending was perfect. Characters were perfect. I wanted to be friend with them. It's a perfect book. And somewhere it's connected with my life, too. I was a C.A. student but I realized that I want to be an author. I dropped C.A. but the best thing is that my mom is so supportive. She encouraged me to go with 'My Writing'. So I did. But it all started when I read this book. Otherwise, I was so scared to follow my dream of becoming a writer. And it even harder to drop my C.A. course.
I heard a lot about it and so decided to go for it. It was a nice story, rather a nice try at it I would say.
I felt the emotional parts were too exaggerated, sometimes at writing where it seemed the author just went on writing about the emotions (with limited vocabulary) as it didn't touch and didn't feel realistic and diverse and idk, and then sometimes about the characters the way they reacted, it looked like they were over-reacting to things.
The fictional book ' This is not your story' by Savi Sharma is based on self growth. The characters in the book are described very well. Each character in the story had their own importance. The plot of the story is very inspiring, emotional as well as motivational. Though some of the scenes in the book are quite predictable; the language used is unstained. The book overall may help the people dealing with life problems.
Dream, passion, love, family, depression, failure. It's covers all in one book good to read if you are struck with your dream to follow. Last climax of the book was soooo good and you feel the words with your heart looking forward for more...😍
There is a cost of every story in your life. A cost for making your story better. A cost for not making your story better. And it's you who will have to pay for it. So decide carefully, what you want. Which story you want to tell.'
Sometimes you are browsing through a bookstore and suddenly you pick up a book from the genre you never liked to enter before and fall in love with the characters and the way the story is woven - that was the feeling with which this book greeted me! I was never fond of Indian Authors (due to previous bad experiences) but I am grateful to my friend for lending me this book. I don't say it's the best story I have ever read but definitely, a story told in a simple yet effective manner. The way each character engulfs you in their story and eventually how their stories link to prove the apt title correct - This is not your story!
Without giving out any spoilers I would like to praise the author for weaving such an inspiring tale. It is a colorful book and the ones who have ever struggled in life would have an instant connection with the characters. The story is arranged in such a way which will make the reader live life of each protagonist without losing grip over the plot.
It's an inspiring tale and maybe I connected well with it because I share somewhat the same story as one of the protagonists. Chasing a dream against the will of my family while pursuing a career in CA for their sake. However, if you want to binge read or try out something light, maybe while traveling then this is the book!
In all its a happy ending tale where every character does justice to their roles as assigned by the author. Somethings don't sync with reality but hey, it's an inspirational story and I assure you that Savi Sharma has successfully put forward her philosophy of giving life a second chance! After finishing the book I felt happy and personally decided to change my story as I don't want to tell the story I'm living currently. It describes life-changing experiences through a beautiful story and maybe you'll have one after reading it!
"To reach for a dream even if you are struggling is the most freeing sensation in one's life."
This is not your story written by Savi Sharma, is the story of four people Shaurya, Kasturi, Miraya and Anubhav. Even though each of them have a different story, a past or an inner demon to battle, a fear to move forward to live the best life, their stories slowly gets intertwined as the novel progresses, they help and support each other.
They not only become close friends in the process of helping each other to chase their dreams but also find courage to follow their dreams from this friendship. The story is set in the backdrops of jaipur and mumbai. Though there is a purpose in this book, a moral which the author wants to focus on, there is a cinematic touch to this movie. The way how in movies they portray happily ever after is portrayed here too.
There are some lines from the novel, which I've felt greatly encouraging like:
"This moment, these laboured breaths you take now are the start of a new life, like you were born again right were you sit."
"You have to have faith in yourself, confidence in who you are and want to be and be brave enough to take the steps towards achieving your dream."
‘I never wanted anything from life.’ If I say those words, I would be lying. In fact, that would be the biggest lie of my life. I wanted, I have always wanted. Sometimes, we don't write our own story instead we are just a character playing our part in some other story written for us. But what if, I tell you that It is not your Story. Do you have the courage to rewrite it? The novel revolves around the theme of giving life an another chance, a chance to write our own story, a chance to fulfill our dreams. It's a story of Shaurya, Kasturi, Miraya and Anubhav. All of them playing their parts in a story not choosen by them. All of them trying to rewite their's. Were they able to rewrite their's?
Once again @storytellersavi wrote an amazing story. She indeed have the talent to put out words on a piece of paper so beautifully that you can't stop yourself from relating it. There's so much to learn from this novel. There's so much that you can implement in your life to rewrite your story.
So let me ask you once again. Do you have the courage to rewrite it?
‘This is Not Your Story’? Would you have the courage to rewrite it?" There are three characters whose life story is told beautifully in this book. Shaurya, Miraya & Anubhav – around whom the whole novel revolves. Seriously the book is Very INSPIRATIONAL and i liked the book very much. Author Savi Sharma is very beautiful by mind and by her work. She writes so good that I can't explain it. You need to follow your dream if you want to achieve something of your own. This comes from this author. The plot is fairly simple yet it is not about where the story goes. It is more about the emotional struggles of the people in the story and what they do about it. You were standing in middle of your path and if someone would say to you to rewrite your story, what would you do. You find it childish and kiddish, but Author Savi Sharma makes it possible by choosing her path of storytelling, leaving her professional degree in between. Her first book inspired many hearts. She has written her second book, telling you to follow your heart and re-write your own story. This story gives the strongest message throughout that leaves the reader thinking. Looking forward for another book by Savi Sharma. Kudos to the author!