Sunshine Town: Book Review

About the Book

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Shlok, a lanky teenager, a daydreamer, doesn’t want much from his life. A dream to make his parents happy and affection of a neighbourhood sweetheart, Natasha. Though both are poles apart, their interests bring them close. Together, they experience new emotions. But, just when they are ready to acknowledge their feeling of love for each other, it is too late.

The rapids of life set Shlok on an unexpected journey, and he realizes one can’t always be in control of circumstances. Unable to crack an important entrance exam and geographical difficulties affecting his love life, Shlok’s life goes through turbulent times.

All the while, his faith in God ebbs and flows, but like a wave, it ends up breaking on the shore before returning to the sea. He is confronted with a perennial question-am I good enough for anything? Holding a mirror to himself, he is faced with a decision to give up on everything he thought was right for him.

Set in Varanasi, a city in North India, during the late 90s, before the pervasiveness of technology, Sunshine Town is about the aspirations and emotional turmoil of being a teenager. This story deals with the themes of love, career, and personal fulfilment.

My Review of Sunshine Town

If you’re a student, and you’re lost in academic studies, this book will be an apt dose of optimism for you.

For an avid reader like me, I didn’t find the book too interesting to be unputdownable. Maybe, that’s because of the plethora of non-fiction books I have read recently.

One thing for sure, with the simple narration and easy language, this is definitely recommended for new readers. If you haven’t started your reading journey yet, this book is probably right for you.

The book cover is catchy and beautiful. And, 99.8% of the book is without any grammar mistakes. So, 99.8% congratulations to the editor.

I liked the ending in particular. The whole book doesn’t lie under fiction genre, rather it’s a semi-fiction read.

The details of every scene were more than required. So, if tried deliberately, the book could have been cut down 15–20 pages short, at least.

I could really see some distinctive potential in Maniissh’s writing, and I’m looking forward to reading more from him.

A recommended read for teenage readers.

About the Author of Sunshine Town

MANIISSH ARORAA is a published author and IT professional, living in Bangalore. His short story ‘Purple Diary’ was selected and published in a prestigious transnational journal-Illuminati. Being born and brought up in Allahabad, he has a special interest in the people and culture of North of India and his stories include day to day characters from the region.

Thank you!

Dipanshu Rawal

Originally published at on March 10, 2018.

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