Nakul, a fifteen-year- old boy from Delhi who has been raised with a silver spoon, visits a quaint little village in Madhya Pradesh. The crudeness and modesty of the village changes how he perceives different aspects of life. There he comes across Prakash, the son of a paddy farmer, who is the yin to his yang – their contrasting ideas on life fail to stunt the growth of their nascent friendship as ultimately it is their exuberance and a taste for adventure that bring them together.
In the midst of their tale is the charming and talented Aakanksha who lives in the shadow of a spotlight.
She goes through the motions of life according to the perceived ideals of society, consistently feeling a void, for she lacks a genuine friend.
One Last Time is an eclectic and delectable fusion of Nakul’s superficial urbane sensibilities, Aakanksha’s confounded solitude and Prakash’s rustic but sagely naiveties – one that will change their destinies forever.
There are books which are a short read and they leave you with this feeling of innocence and nostalgia. This book is amongst those. The book seems effortless cannot be said it is co-authored.. Language is easy to understand, few hindglish words also brings in a home effect to the book. The cover is really natural and beautiful. Blurb gives you the basic idea about the story plot between the friendship of nakul, prakash and akanksha. The book has alot of lines which are gut hitting and is relatable in all of our lifes from time to time. It shows the poigant beauty of friendship and the power which holds us all through tough times. themes covered are friendship, childhood to growing up and making decisions.The title goes along the story to. The story is written at the school time of the characters. The characters have been described in place and less characters are present. The narrative of the story is also slowly folding. The conversations between the characters is also beautiful. Nakul is a slow learner, untill he visits bhadroli and makes a new friend(prakash) who teaches him about life and in return prakash also makes him love little things about life. Akanksha also helps them both.
you will really love the innocence and the story. The simplicity of the book really weaves magic. pace is slow. hooks the reader to the story.
overall – 4/5