The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta

Title:  The Last Bloom
Author:  Poulomi Sengupta
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
Genre: Fiction
Date:  2016
Price: INR 281
Pages: 395
The book is about transition to college life and the period, struggles of youth as they do so and the changes in their thoughts, way of perceiving life, goals etc. The leader envisions these phases through the life of the central character Priya, a studious girl with values shifting from central board convent school into a politically charged, local yet reputed university campus. Since the author is a Geology major, undoubtedly the central character also studies the same subject wherein the author utilizes her complete dominance over the subject, which is the bloom of the book to a curious reader.
As a subject it is easy to relate to from page one as everyone has sometimes in their lives been through this phase. Its the been there done that feeling one gets as one reads for there is some character or another that one can relate to. The atmosphere of the campus is heavily politically charged and as is the case with politics its murky, consuming and confusing as to if anybody ever got results. Priya debates with herself, colleagues, friends and parents about the newly changed atmosphere and each situation slowly helps her gain a deeper understanding of human beings, giving the outcome of the book a philosophical learning as one matures through college and life.
The book severely lacked in character development since the beginning as the writer jumps into the plot without spending anytime in character building which makes it confusing until the first few chapters. The story in the later part is laced with events that would pique ones interest and keep one glued to the book but these sub-plots could have been exploited better as the writer was spending a considerable amount of time with them, the book being more than 350 page long. The last few chapters could be shortened and so could be a lot of academic stuff in the book which had no relation to the outcome of the story whatsoever. The editing is seriously weak especially reflected in repetitive use of same words.
Overall a decent first attempt at writing but a lot can be improved.
About The Author: 
Poulomi Sengupta is an alumna of IIT Kharagpur and Jadavpur University. Presently residing in Mumbai, a geologist and a social worker. She loves her share of kickboxing and a colourful dose of oil painting to brighten the apparently mundane life.Grab a copy here: https://www.amazon.in/LAST-BLOOM-POULOMI-SENGUPTA-ebook/dp/B01C43SSAY?ie=UTF8&btkr=1&ref_=dp-kindle-redirect

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The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta | Book Reviews

Recently we got a chance to read The Last Bloom, a book by debutante author Poulomi Sengupta. The book touches the subject of politics in college campus and it’s impact on students.

The book also insists rightly that the college campuses are meant to be studied at. The politics should not affect the process of learning.

The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta - Book Cover Page

The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta – Book Cover Page

It also raises some valid points like when we are talking about “brain drain”, we need to look at the environment we are giving to our youth. Those who are living the country for the better future loves the motherland like all of us. They also like to stay here with their families. But they also want to live in the fair environment where they get the reward for their skills.

We have a fantastic legacy, but we need to make even greater future and hence we need to work on to make the present situations much better than what they are. And together we can do it

Reading the book reminded me Hindi TV Serial Chunauti.

Book Title : The Last Bloom
Author : Poulomi Sengupta
Publisher : Frog Books Published: (10 February 2016)
Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd Published: (22 February 2016)
# of Pages : 394 (Paperback)
1535 KB (Kindle Edition)

The prologue of the book is fantastic and it irks so much expectations from the book. Here are some wise lines from the same.

“Beware of what you want.”
He paused.
“Excess of inundation brings flood.”
“Excess of principles brings only rules without actions.”
“Excess of purity brings bloodbath.”
He pointed towards the river.

So let us go ahead and check whether the book is able to satisfy the expectations.

The Plot

Here are the prime characters of the book.

  • Priya represents the voice of change.
  • Suvo is the prototype of the master politicians in the country.
  • Aashi is the true rebellion.
  • Keya represents a conformist mentality.
  • Priya’s father represents an average middle class Indian who has very low acceptance of uncertainty.
  • Priya’s mother represents wise Indian housewife which is often undervalued for her intelligence, courage, bravery, wisdom and sacrifice
  • Vivek is the voice of reason in the novel. He is the only character who is independent of any bondage in this novel.

Priya is a typical studios, no-nosense girl who join the college to study and get expertise in her sujbect of interest, Geology. She was not just bookwarm who have no knowledge of anything else but the subject books. She is a broad minded person who loves to explore the life properly. She was fond of literature and have read many good English and Bengali books among others.

When joined college she was introduced to her classmates, professors and the management; who behave differently than her expectations. While at school, everyone took study very seriously and lived a disciplined life, the things are different in college. Almost everyone is interested in study the least and enjoying the most.

There comes the concept of college level politics which almost ruins the study. The real meaning of study is to learn. However it is almost a rule that the students will be asked the questions from the solved papers, or for which notes are given in the class. Also in class, the professors repeat the lectures in the same pattern almost every year. So you simply need to mug up from the previous year notes. And there is no need to attend class.

The only good thing Priya encountered is some field trips, which are not as good as expected, at least for her. But she experience the real usage of her study.

There are political parties in the college, and you need to join one or the other. If you don’t want to join the parties, there is a liberty group (which is also actually a party), which insists you to join them. To keep yourself safe and supported, you need be be assoicated with either of them and you cannot afford to be neutral.

Is it what we call study? Why student hate learning and afraid of English as a language? Is study a crime? Why you need to join either of the political party? Why there are Andolans? Who gave the people right to damage public properties or vandalize others’ personal properties? Why students are interested in boycotting the classes?

Priya’s experiences, her going through dilemmas, her bond of friendship, her genuine family, her mature
friend Vivek, a typical politician in rising – Suvo ; and other stuff is explored in the book pretty effectively. We suggest you to explore it by reading it yourself. Telling more will be spilling beans about the books, which may affect adversely to your reading experience.

A fantastic conversation from the book:

“Over the days, I got the perfect picture. I realized that most people cannot tolerate listening to the truth, leave alone speaking it. Humans are social animals. They are afraid to live alone and scared of the word called loneliness. Just for the sake of the current company, if people need to lie, they prefer to compromise the truth. Besides, no one will find out the truth. Only they know it individually. They do not realize that since each individual knows the truth, all know the truth.” I was bitter. It was impossible to cry in front of someone else. I turned my face away towards the plastic vase.

I could hear Vivek’s voice, unexpectedly kind, “Most people do not have a strong character that is why they remain as mere people; character evolves with time and also with the ingredients– if you add honesty, straightforwardness to the character then it evolves as strong, but if dishonesty, deviousness, and hypocrisy are added then with time the character becomes weak. This happens with time, immediate effects are not visible, only the effects are visible after a considerable time. Once that time is gone, nothing can be changed.

Vivek continued, “There comes a time in life, when there is nothing else to do, but to go your own way, when the way chooses you, when your fear to losing the way is gone because it does not matter to you anymore…”

I interrupted, “I cannot control situations, but I can regulate my responses. I can be honest and straightforward, not that good things will always happen to me because I am honest. There will be my shares of bad ones; I will still have the consolation that such a bad incidence has been caused because of honesty.”

“Our life is a choice. We can never choose the circumstances; they are completely destined but we can face the situations with honesty or dishonesty as that is definitely our choice. I don’t mind people hating me for what I am, but I will never forgive myself if people love me for what I am not,” I sighed.

“The whole world will not be your friend, irrespective of the fact that you make elephantine efforts to endear yourself to all. You will have friends and enemies; it is good to have friends and even better to have enemies, as at least you have stood up for something in life that is worthy of notice,” Vivek said in a silvery voice.

“It was sheer wastage of vital time. There were many problems that I saw the youth discussing, but no one took any step to protest or take any action against the wrong doers. Funny enough, they were not sure even about what they protested about.” He paused.

“I had heard from my father that recognition of problems precedes solutions. Here, I found that recognition of problems gives you more time to curse them and do nothing about them, just because you wait for others to find a solution for you, while you keep debating the matter, with a cigar in one hand and an alcohol glass in another, as that makes a picture perfect intellectual, as that keeps you safe from every angle.”

If the solution is found, in words, never in actions, then you take the credit of being the thinking nucleus of the idea, of course using your sole weapon– the brain, and moving not a single muscle. Work is crime. Oration is gift.

Some good lines from the book:

These lines appears more than once in the book and you see its impact later on.

  • I will never be like Aashi.
  • Why do people in this college tell me exactly what I think about them?

There is also a chapter which ends with the same line it is started!

The author wrote some other good lines, some of them are…

  • It is so strange that sometimes, small incidents leave a big impact on our lives.
  • What is the point of acting so good if I do not enjoy it and it never gives me peace of mind?
  • Everyone talks about the educational hurdle. No one talks about the emotional one.
  • “The union culture is like ‘Bhag lo, nahi to bhaag lo‘.” Either participate else scoot.
  • Just because people are acting like you doesn’t mean that they think like you. Bats can fly, but they aren’t birds, right?
  • Ignorance precedes disrespect.
  • The access to the gadgets and the utilities that they offer should not be criticized because we use it in our own ways. They are not alive, we are. They do not have a choice, we do.
  • All conversations with seniors are not ragging sessions. Just like a boy and girl talking does not mean that they are a couple.
Views and reviews:

The story itself have freshness. We hadn’t seen any book (at least in near past) talking about college politics. Also through many dialogs the book reinforces the fact that colleges are meant to get studied. It is not all about just doing hanky-panking and have only fun, nothing else, there.

We must say that the author have studies the psyche (not necessarily academically) pretty well. The dialogs she put in the mouth of almost every character are quite realistic. She also have chosen a small town Baranpur as the university place rather than big town like Kolkata.

Also the mindset of middle class family (as a unit) and all it’s members quite effectively. There is not much fantasy stuff in the book and it works in favor of it. There are no rom-com scenes are either, but you won’t miss them. Writing a comparatively long book on such challenging subject requires research and courage both.

When you are looking to any work, as a third person you might have a different vision. And that is what happen when you read a book. You are viewing the author’s vision from your point. So you may not find a picture perfect anywhere. And so does here.

We found that the author have a good command on English and have a huge vocabulary. We wish that the language of the book, could have used some of the commonly used words, rather than it’s “not so easily found synonyms”. Those who passed out through English medium throughout and have a habit of reading world literature, may find it comparatively easy. However we must say that most of our youth is inspired by American way of English, i.e. use the basic stuff to convey your message.

Also the subject of Geology may not be attractive to many of the readers. Though those who are not much familiar with this subject may start liking it a little. That is also good achievement of Poulomi as an author.

We wish that there should be a comparatively long glossary at the end of the book. And it should cover some Geological stuff as well.

There are a very few author who mention bibliography in the book. It is definitely a nice gesture of the author to have it in the book.

The book have some chapters which are not to miss, and have some fantastic sentences which are worth remember.

The book is meant for adults and it contain some adult stuff and some stuff which require adult mind to understand. So in that way, it have a target audience who is mature.

The wise characters of Priya’s parents and Vivek got some meaningful conversations which you should not miss. Also the author’s playing with the words will impress you at places. Many middle class girls (and boys) will connect to the characters of the book pretty nicely.

There are some chapters which end with a shock and then it would end up not happening as expected in the next chapter. Towards the end of the book it seems that the author is juggling with her own thoughts in how to summarize it toward climax. So yes, the book have some flows in terms of events and pace. And we also wish that the prologue should link directly to the events of climax.

Summary:

Definitely a good book which touches a less touched subject. Some of the segments of this book are masterpieces with a few letdowns. A thought provoking book and is not meant for light reading. A read for mature readers.

You can purchase this book from:

Kindle Edition | Amazon India
Paperback | Amazon India

Kindle Edition | Amazon.com
Paperback | Amazon.com

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The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta

 There goes a saying that “Man proposes, but God disposes”. And how true the popular belief is! Well you might not have had any experience of that. Ask Priya. You will surely get the answer. And how it feels when the freefalling happens from the world of reverie to the world of absolutely harsh realities. How it can change the life of a human being is something out of anyone’s perception until and unless someone goes through such an experience. Want to get the taste of one? You have got the solution. Get a copy of Poulomi Sengupta’s “The Last Bloom” and get the taste of life which has taken a turn upside down.

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You open the book and you will come across Priya, the girl next door, who like any other girl of her age has an idea of what life could turn out to be once she crosses the boundary of school and reach college. The dream which Priya has seen all these days is waiting for her. And she wants to live her to the fullest.

However, she does not know what reality has in store for her. All that she has dreamt of these days have started to turn into complete nightmare. The street foods she wanted to have while going to college never tasted the same as the one she had seen in her dreams. She gets to realize that she is exposed in front of reality. Different sorts of people have begun coming into her life. People like Vivek, Shuvo, Aashi and Shweta have made their presence felt in the life of Priya. And the biggest question that rises to the mind of the readers at this moment is how Priya will manage to cope up with such a condition.

Well no spoilers. To know her story in full story of Priya you have wait. No the wait won’t be too long. And that’s a promise. Keep a tap on this thread and get all the latest news and updates regarding Poulomi Sengupta’s paperback “The Last Bloom”. You have a lot to discover in life and this book could well be the beginning.

The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta

There goes a saying that “Man proposes, but God disposes”. And how true the popular belief is! Well you might not have had any experience of that. Ask Priya. You will surely get the answer. And how it feels when the freefalling happens from the world of reverie to the world of absolutely harsh realities. How it can change the life of a human being is something out of anyone’s perception until and unless someone goes through such an experience. Want to get the taste of one? You have got the solution. Get a copy of Poulomi Sengupta’s “The Last Bloom” and get the taste of life which has taken a turn upside down.

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You open the book and you will come across Priya, the girl next door, who like any other girl of her age has an idea of what life could turn out to be once she crosses the boundary of school and reach college. The dream which Priya has seen all these days is waiting for her. And she wants to live her to the fullest.

However, she does not know what reality has in store for her. All that she has dreamt of these days have started to turn into complete nightmare. The street foods she wanted to have while going to college never tasted the same as the one she had seen in her dreams. She gets to realize that she is exposed in front of reality. Different sorts of people have begun coming into her life. People like Vivek, Shuvo, Aashi and Shweta have made their presence felt in the life of Priya. And the biggest question that rises to the mind of the readers at this moment is how Priya will manage to cope up with such a condition.

Well no spoilers. To know her story in full story of Priya you have wait. No the wait won’t be too long. And that’s a promise. Keep a tap on this thread and get all the latest news and updates regarding Poulomi Sengupta’s paperback “The Last Bloom”. You have a lot to discover in life and this book could well be the beginning.

Book Details:-        

Author: Poulomi Sengupta
Publisher: Frog Books Publishing Year: 2016
ISBN-13: 9789352015474 ISBN-10: 9352015479
Cover: Paperback No. Of Pages: 394
MRP: Rs 375 Buy From:  Amazon.inFlipkart.com 

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The Last Bloom: A Review

Uncertainty is the word that defines life in one word. And who knows that better than Priya. Yes, Priya – the young girl from one of the metropolitan cities of India with a soul full of dreams and lots of promise.

Life was so beautiful when Priya managed to get into the college which she dreamt of getting into since her childhood days. Things looked so good. She used to be a topper in her schooldays and she aimed to do the same even in her college. But life started to take a turn with the passage of time as she came across different sorts of people in her college.

Priya came across people who have given her the taste of all aspects of the human life. And the narrator proved her mettle in giving an array of characters which any person comes across in the real life. This gives the readers an opportunity to connect with the protagonist of the novel which is one of the prime reasons that will keep the readers glued to the paperback.

Yet another aspect of modern India that this book explores is the student politics. The history of India boasts of some memorable student revolutions. But in recent times a lot of things are happening in the colleges and universities in the name of student politics which are subject to a lot of scrutinies. Let’s keep that aside and focus on the great work that the author has done in bringing up such a relevant topic in her novel. Kudos to her for showing the courage of portraying the actual scenes behind the screens in the renowned educational institutions.

Now coming to technical aspects of the novel it can be remarked that Poulomi Sengupta has done a great keeping in mind the fact that this is her debut novel. The narrative is nicely paced and not for even once the reader can feel that the storyline is getting dragged. That’s quite an achievement for someone who is trying to establish a strong foothold in this competitive world.

It can be concluded that ‘The Last Bloom’ by Poulomi Sengupta is somewhat a must read for the young generations who are the future of the modern India. Not only that, even folks belonging to any age group should at least once go through this paperback. You may or may not like it. Well that’s up to the individual who is going through the novel. But none can deny the fact that the author has done a great job in producing the real life experiences in such a gripping plot.

It’s up to you whether you want to get a copy of the 375-page paperback or not. But it is advisable that you should not miss out on an opportunity to go through such a paper pulp fiction which is so different from all those are available in the market. So don’t miss out. You will have only yourself to blame if the shelves run out of stocks shortly.

Book Details:-        

Author: Poulomi Sengupta
Publisher: Frog Books Publishing Year: 2016
ISBN-13: 9789352015474 ISBN-10: 9352015479
Cover: Paperback No. Of Pages: 394
MRP: Rs 375 Buy From: Amazon.in
Flipkart.com 

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Book Review – The Last Bloom – Poulomi Sengupta

Title:  The Last Bloom

Author:  Pouloumi Sengupta
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Leadstart Publishing PvtLtd
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  394

Blurb of the book:

‘The Last Bloom’ is a story of Priya, her dreams, aspirations and struggles to fit into her new college life and its politics. Priya was ecstatic, as she was admitted to her dream college. All her visions of adventurous rock climbing trips, long night jollification with bosom friends, class bunking in lieu of movie shows, tasting lip smacking street side delicacies with classmates-a new exciting world would now unfold before her! But college is different from Priya’s idyllic dreams. In an environment as opposed to that of school, exposed to an educational system, which is controlled by political unions, will naive Priya be able to survive without any political protection? Caught between the college hero Suvo’s charming words and her acrid tussles with conceited college dropout Vivek, will immature Priya be able to differentiate between cajoling false comrades and brutally honest well-wishers? Often degraded by the skittish Shweta and saved by the blunt rebellious Aashi, will Priya be able to identify her friends and stand up for them, against fierce opposition? As Priya undertakes her journey of self-discovery, will she succumb to her deep-seated fears and insecurities or will she survive the ultimate test of time?”

Review

Authors like Pouloumi Sengupta make us think like yes, there’s so much more to write and ponder about other than Rain and romance. I would like to appreciate author’s effort for taking up such an interesting topic.

You always wish to travel back to the time which you always define as “The Golden Period of your Life” yes; you got me right, I’m talking about the college life. This book had elements to take me back to those days which I was missing since months. The lead character of this book Priya was a strong character weaved perfectly by the author. I would appreciate writer’s describing skills here as the way author kept all the scenes and different details in a sequence that as a reader I never felt out of the pace. I would genuinely like to appreciate author’s writing skills.

Various aspects were taken up by the Author while penning down this interesting tale called “The Last Bloom” as this book talks about different aspects altogether such as Politics, college, difference in environment, different opinion, dreams and aspirations and other struggles  which a normal student might face as a part of life.

Language has always been an important medium for us to communicate wherever we want to. Author took up this issue in an interesting manner. How does language affect students in colleges and how problematic it becomes for students to deal with language barriers. I would like to congratulate Author for taking up an issue which is indeed serious but hardly discussed and taken into consideration.

Another positive point I found in the book is, language used by the author is easy going that will make easier for a reader to connect with the story line.

Conclusion:

Books like these need to be promoted for some obvious reasons. This book has all the elements to get a tag of a Best Seller.

Even though this book is written by a debut writer the way description is done, the way out of the box thought process is shown and the way whole story is weaved is truly commendable. I had a great time reading this book and as a reader I loved how this book turned up.  I would recommend this book to you if you are fond of reading new and exciting subjects. If you like to read fresh writers and their fresh thoughts, this book deserves to be given a chance.

Source : https://nehalilalwani.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/book-review-the-last-bloom-poulomi-sengupta/

Book review | The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta

‘The Last Bloom’ is a story of Priya, her dreams, aspirations and struggles to fit into her new college life and its politics. Priya was ecstatic, as she was admitted to her dream college.

This book deals with very important subject, the education system. The author has intricately put her views with the story line.

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THE LAST BLOOM BY POULOMI SENGUPTA – BOOK REVIEW

 The Last Bloom
 Pouloumi Sengupta
 Fiction
 Leadstart Publishing PvtLtd
 July 10, 2016
 Paperback
 394

The Last Bloom Book Cover

‘The Last Bloom’ is a story of Priya, her dreams, aspirations and struggles to fit into her new college life and its politics. Priya was ecstatic, as she was admitted to her dream college. All her visions of adventurous rock climbing trips, long night jollification with bosom friends, class bunking in lieu of movie shows, tasting lip smacking street side delicacies with classmates—a new exciting world would now unfold before her! But college is different from Priya’s idyllic dreams. In an environment as opposed to that of school, exposed to an educational system,which is controlled by political unions, will naïve Priya be able to survive without any political protection? Caught between the college hero Suvo’s charming words and her acrid tussles with conceited college dropout Vivek, will immature Priya be able to differentiate between cajoling false comrades and brutally honest well-wishers? Often degraded by the skittish Shweta and saved by the blunt rebellious Aashi, will Priya be able to identify her friends and stand up for them, against fierce opposition? As Priya undertakes her journey of self-discovery, will she succumb to her deepseated fears and insecurities or will she survive the ultimate test of time?

Introduction:

At first, I would like to thanks the author for giving me a chance to read this book. The development of the country always depends on its education. India, a developing country still struggles to achieve the standard literacy rate. But there are some loopholes which are affecting our education system. This book deals with this crucial topic.

Plot summary:

The story is weaved around the protagonist Priya, who is a topper and chooses to join a reputed college, Baranpur University. The college has some rich history and famous alumni and Priya is ready to pick any subject just to take an admission in her dream college.

Priya has studied from the central board and even though she has scored more marks than the state board students but she was given less priority. Priya, a studious girl has a very clear vision to stand first in every semester.

Priya felt it very abnormal when she sees the environment of college is totally different from the school. She has to deal with the ragging, campus politics and unnecessary tantrum thrown by other girls.

The large part of the book is dedicated to the campus politics and its history. How the students after paying hefty fees go into the political group to ignore the studies and just to enjoy the power. And at the end, they don’t have anything in hand.

Apart from this author has also mentioned the loopholes in our education system. There is a vast difference in the syllabus of central and state boards.  Even the subjects are different. The vernacular medium students who don’t have knowledge of English make fun of English speaking students and at the end, they face problem to communicate with the other state people.

Priya deals with such kind of classmates. There are various characters in the book which help to develop the story in very interesting manner.

Writing style:

The story is narrated from the first-person point of view. The language is very easy and you can manage to read this book in pace. The book is well edited and the story is well developed.

My perception:

This book deals with very important subject, the education system. The author has intricately put her views with the story line. This book reminded me the campus politics happened in my college and how it becomes hard for me and my friends to avoid it. I really appreciate author’s courage to pick this subject to write. At least, the educational institutes need to be away from politics. I hope that this book will reach to the correct set of readers and will able to convey its message.

Recommend reading!

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THE LAST BLOOM BY POULOMI SENGUPTA REVIEW

the last bloom by poulomi sengupta

There are very few fictional books which will make you sit and ponder, which can be referred to people who like to read books with real issues raised. The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta fits in that category of books. It is one of those excellent book which I would love to flaunt in my bookshelf.

Real Issues Raised

As I said, The Last Bloom raises some real issues about the education system in Bengal which has been convincingly ignored all these years by high authorities. The issues like Bengali medium state schools where education is imparted completely in Bengali language. The problem faced by such student who later joins English medium College. Their chances for better jobs are slim compared to well spoken English speaking contenders.

Then another glaring issue of politics and political parties in educational institutes. It really has proven detrimental  for the welfare of institute and student and teachers. Students joins politics to survive college years and to build connection and waste previous time on fighting on trivial issues at the end it doesn’t take them anywhere.

Poulomi has also discussed the upper-hand the students of center board have compared to state board student. While in center board there are objective question which are high scoring compare to subjective questions of state board which were low scoring. Also state board student have to do rather intensive study on an out-dated syllabus.

Plot

There are similarly many such issues been raised by the author throughout the book. With these issues as the base around which the plot of the book is woven. All the issues perfectly synced and intricate with the plot with special emphasis given to the party politics.

There are four girls Priya, Keya, Renela and Aashi who detest to join any political party in their college and instead devote their time to study. As a consequence they face many troubles and how they overcome is the crux of the plot.

My Own Experience

The Last Bloom has made me nostalgic about my own school and college days. I have been brought up and educated in Bengal and in the state affiliated school and college. So I am aware of all the problems pitched in the book.

I always used to grumble about the syllabus and how we have to write pages after pages even for 5 marks question just to get 2 or 3.

I am a proud Loretian whose campus was free from any kind of politics though same couldn’t be said about the other campuses like Jadavpur University, Presidency College and many more state run or affiliated colleges of Calcutta. Many of my friends who went on for higher studies in Delhi also complained about ruthless politics in colleges and universities. I am not aware of the present education scenario of Bengal but the issues of the book were very much valid during my time.

Excellent Writing Skills

Amidst of all these serious issues, one cannot overlook the splendid and flamboyant writing style of the author. Poulomi seems to be specially close to nature as there are many flowery and expressive description related to nature which were enthralling to read. She has an excellent knack for expressions. Even the human feces or poop has been written in the most artistic style. It’s her aesthetically pleasing style makes a delightful read.

Characterization

As expected characterization has been done beautifully. In fact I have images created in my mind while reading. Among all the character, I liked Vivek’s character the most. He is like a spiritual anchor in this book and there are many debates between him and Priya on the education system through which the author suggested many potential means to improve the system. So it is not just raising the issue the author has also made effort to provide solutions as well which was also the opinion of mine and many during my college days.

Priya, the protagonist, has a mind of her own but also has a desire to be popular in her college, she follows the herd, afraid to be left alone and friendless, a bit subdued. But not for long. She finally takes her stand. Her character evolves, matures and blooms gradually.

But it is Kenela who was first to boycott all the political parties and their so called movements. Her’s character comes out the strongest in the most testing times.

Aashi was the toughest and the most vocal character in the book. She reminds me one of my college friend who has excellent debating skills and was the most apolitical person I know till date with opinions on all the political parties and their agendas.

All the characters seems to be inspired by real people and are close to reality.

Deep Research

The author has also done intensive study on the Geology subject which was the focus department in the book. It gave the book a very authentic look something which many first time authors fails at. Like I have recently read a travel book Colorful Notion by Mohit Goyal where author failed to describe places visited in the genuine way.

Strong Message

Poulomi has ended the book with the strong message to keep politics out of the student’s college. If at all there has to be movement then be it on relevant and genuine issues like making English first language in all the state run schools, emphasis on the development of soft skills, revise the out-dated syllabus etc.

The Verdict:

The Last Bloom is a very commendable endeavour by the author. It is highly recommended and a must read.

 Sourcehttps://thebookworld.org/last-bloom-poulomi-sengupta-review/

The Last Bloom Book Review

The Last Bloom Poulomi Sengupta

The Last Bloom by Poulomi Sengupta written in creative tones, is filled with passion, sentimentality, fantastic descriptions and the lyricism of the characters. The idyllic atmosphere of the story has characteristics of extraordinary beauty through poetic metaphors and similes that invests the emotions in the mind of the reader through the message it wants to convey. Priya’s youthful thoughts and aspirations struggle to fit into her new-fangled academy life and its political opinions as all her visions of audacious rock climbing trips, extensive night frescoes with bosom friends, class bunking in lieu of film shows, tasting scrumptious street side delicacies with classmates, would now open out to a new world before her! In an atmosphere as contrasting to that of school, Priya gets out in the open to a learning structure, which is inhibited by political unions. Priya has to endure as she is wedged between the college hero Suvo’s charismatic style and her unpleasant tussles with high and mighty college loafer Vivek. Over and over again despoiled by the playful Shweta and saved by the frank seditious Aashi, Priya has to recognize her associates and stand up for them in opposition to severe antagonism. The plot is divided into an aesthetic trend in which stands out the originality of the finale, which is touching and moving but then that is where the touch of the brilliant narrative that overturns all the reader’s beliefs and the same basic plot. A fairy tale that despite its brevity has made me fall in love right away, because I love to find in the books poetic language and full of sensitivity with a plot almost pervaded with emotions that make a young lady, who is the key character and it does put herself in the surrounding nature and the protagonist of this story. I was very surprised with the very sweet and refined style of writing with its pensive side will push all kinds the reader not to give up reading a wonderful novel, which can teach us a lot. I found the finish really deep and authentic with a sliding style with detailed and sharp descriptions that will get you into the characters, whom we meet in every chapter and know more and more. This book is an intriguing read, charming and engaging in a feminine style for a truly exemplary and unforgettable pen with a story of various shades of pink and yellow that enters the soul of readers and remains indelible and unique in its kind. The plot is so exciting that it can be made as a movie, so I hope that there is a transposition to the movies because it really deserves. Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Leadstart ♥ Pages: 394 ♥ Published: February 2016 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9352015474 Source :- http://booktica.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-last-bloom-book-review-poulomi.html

BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST BLOOM

Author: Poulomi Sengupta Book Blurb:

‘The Last Bloom’ is a story of Priya, her dreams, aspirations and struggles to fit into her new college life and its politics. Priya was ecstatic, as she was admitted to her dream college. All her visions of adventurous rock climbing trips, long night jollification with bosom friends, class bunking in lieu of movie shows, tasting lip smacking street side delicacies with classmates-a new exciting world would now unfold before her! But college is different from Priya’s idyllic dreams. In an environment as opposed to that of school, exposed to an educational system, which is controlled by political unions, will naive Priya be able to survive without any political protection? Caught between the college hero Suvo’s charming words and her acrid tussles with conceited college dropout Vivek, will immature Priya be able to differentiate between cajoling false comrades and brutally honest well-wishers? Often degraded by the skittish Shweta and saved by the blunt rebellious Aashi, will Priya be able to identify her friends and stand up for them, against fierce opposition? As Priya undertakes her journey of self-discovery, will she succumb to her deepseated fears and insecurities or will she survive the ultimate test of time?”

My Review: This is quite interesting book. It deals with the politics that go on in the college campuses and how it affects the lives of the students. The protagonist, Priya, is a school topper and chooses to join a reputed college. The college boasted of some prominent alumni, and Priya wanted to study only in this college. Such was her wish that she decided to take up any subject that would ensure her admission. Since Priya had studied from the central board, even when she had scored more marks than the state board students, she was given less priority. The book deals with various aspects of the education industry. How there is vast difference in the syllabus and the course structure of state and central boards. Even the medium of communication that the student studies in make a difference. How the students who had studied in regional language would make fun of those ‘English speaking’ students, but then due to lack of knowlege of any other language, even Hindi, effects their ability to talk to people of other states. The book also deals with the campus politics. The author does a phenomenal job going in detail the effect these campus politics does on the student. How, at such a young age, the are given power and how they start to misuse their power. The author even goes in history to tell us why such a system had come into practice and how relevant it is in recent times. All these details are weaved quite intricately with the main story line. One of the best things about this book was the character development. It is rare to see such a perfect character development of the protagonist from a first time author. The character of Priya undergoes huge change in her thinking, thus changing her personality and the way she deals with conflicts and people around her is just perfect. Overall, a really good book that deals with real issues. Source :- https://thereandtheir.com/2016/08/10/book-review-the-last-bloom/