Book Review

Hold my Hand by Durjoy Datta

While in this trip to USA I brought this book with me, “Hold my Hand” a romantic fiction by a young Indian author Durjoy Datta. This may be the last of the physical book I carry with me in long trips, as I purchased the new Kindle Paperwhite 3G touch.

The book’s story was of a  young man exploring the smell and sounds of Hong Kong along with a blind girl who he falls in love with. The book was concise (less than 200 pages), easy to read and the characters were well build out. The first half of the book was told in the voice of “Deep”, a nerd obsessed with libraries and computers. The author switches the voice of the story telling to that of the blind girl “Ahana” in the second half of the book, this was a nice touch. Hearing the story through Ahana’s voice makes you feel her character better.

Having visited Hong Kong few times I love the city and its energy. I expected the book to capture more of that but it only had Hong Kong sprinkled here and there. For a book commissioned by Hong Kong Tourism Board (learned that from Wikipedia) I should that’s a bit of disappointment.      

This was the first book by Durjoy Datta that I am reading and I should say I liked the book. A light reading book ideal for travel.