Review of Paradise Lost & Regained by Ratnadip Acharya
A NIT Jamshedpur graduate, Ratnadip lives in Mumbai where he works as an Electrical Engineer. He contributed many inspirational stories in different collections of Chicken Soup for the Soul. His first novel, Life is Always Aimless…unless You Love it was published in December 2012 and was received well by the readers across the country.
A little deer and its journey from her mother’s womb to self-realization.
Writing Style: 3/5
From storyline one would get confused. Can this much simple idea be turned into a wonderful novel? You would surely say yes, if you have read Ratnadip Acharya’s ‘Paradise Lost & Regained.
This work by Ratnadip reminded me of Jatakkathas and Panchtantra kathas from ancient Indian literature, where we had animals as characters. They preached about life’s valuable truths and philosophy. Same is the case with Paradise Lost & Regained. A life from its beginning, right form the womb of mother is presented through view of a Deer. Her experiences in world. Her departure from her mother due to mother’s death is the most agonizing part of the novel. Her sole wanderings come to end when she is captured by zoo authorities. From here her journey becomes most beautiful one in form of learning.
Very few have the skill of storytelling and I must say writer has got skill of storytelling and the power to mesmerize reader with his writing. The very beginning of novel is so captivating. A child’s views on separating from its mother’s body are quite fascinating and it can be great read for women who are expecting.
Overall whole work is perfect with no confusions, no loose ends but in some parts it seems little bit stretched. Writer can surely improve on it. The story goes well where he just telling a story, it become stretchy when he starts preaching it so writer needs to focus on it.
My overall rating for this work is 3.5/5.
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing pvt ltd.