Most titles give you a fair idea of what to expect from a book but then there are  books whose covers and name leave you intrigued. Sonara’s The Not People fell into  the latter category for me so I was really excited to read the book when it landed in my mailbox.

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‘The Not People’ revolves around Parineeta, an army brat who lives and loves unconventionally. Parineeta has always been distant from her family but her mother’s prolong and eventually fatal illness forces her to go back to the life she had long left behind.  Emotionally hurt and confused about the recent turn of events in her life, she decides to trust  her partner, Atharv and together they go on a road trip which was supposed to end in Ooty where Parineeta and Atharv had decided to relocate.

The story began on a very promising note but somehow 100 pages down the line I felt confused with the characters and the plot. There are alot of sub plots and character that keep getting added to the story but the merger of the plots and characters is far from seamless. The shift of the story in the second half of  the book to characters who were insignificant in the beginning left me really confused.

Character development is decent but contradicting at times. A major issue I had  with this book was the language.  I usually complain about the language of a book being too informal for my liking but reading this book felt like reading a dictionary. I am all for big words and one of the reasons I like reading is that I learn a different way and word to express myself but if a book forces you to look up words every 10 seconds then you just loose the fun and continuity out of reading. The pace of the story was a little slow, the conversations between the characters felt unreal and the narration did not help the pace either.

I  was left with a lot of questions in my mind after I finished the book and there were alot of things that just did not make any sense so in the end I was just unsure about my overall review about the book. All I can say is that The Not People could have been a really good story but the author just decided to so many things with the plot that it ended up being a book that overall made no sense.

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Book Review #40: The Not People


Name: The Not People
Author: Sonara
No. of Pages: 260

Genre: Fiction
Price: Rs. 250/-
Published in: 2016
How did I get it? From the publisher. The blurb of the book says:
‘The Not People’ is an odyssey of faith, a plunge of deep belief into the heart of the ones who have ever dared to love unconditionally. When Parineeta decides to call it quits, her relationship with beau Atharv, with whom she had voyaged through unnumbered experiences in an ordinary life, she was sure as hell about never wanting to see him ever again, even if that meant smothering her core voice that screamed out to love and endure. Winds of change begin gushing only after a protracted length of time; almost close to a decade since their separation. She is now not so youthful anymore and Atharv’s status is unknown to her. Will she give in to her heart’s calling and set out to seek her only love? Would her intentions be bestowed by blessings from above? Will it ever rain again, as it had when she had returned once, to meet her dying mother? Are Parineeta and Atharv really, just ordinary people or Not…?


Sonara (Soni Arasu) has served the Armed Forces and is a Director at ARK (Act of Random Kindness social welfare society). She is an avid blogger and is zealous about lettering her thoughts about the hinterlands she subsists in. Her resilient beliefs mirror the concept of pursuing one’s core candidly. A quintessential gypsy at heart, she has voyaged most parts of India with her husband who is a serving officer in the armed forces and her son, Aries.


Cover: It shows the view of a busy road from inside a moving vehicle on a rainy day. Writing:  Many, many words not at all used in daily vocabulary has been used. At times, it felt as if the author is trying to show off her knowledge of words. At several places, sentences and thoughts became repetitive. Demarcations between events were missing. Plot: The story is about two soulmates, madly and deeply in love, defying societal norms of marriage and having a live-in relationship.
The book started well. The female protagonist, Parineeta, lost her mother and she was seeing her family after a decade. She is the only living child of her parents but chose to be disconnected from them all these years; seemed utterly self-centered to me. Atharv, her beau, portrayed as a loving, caring and considerate guy. Then suddenly, they were moving base from Northeast India to South India via road. So one-fourth of the book was about their road trip. They are not financially well-off, but they could afford the deroute road trip and build a house in Ooty. Then their handyman in Ooty lost his family and village to tsunami, so another one-fourth went into their experience in the affected parts volunteering help. What was mentioned in the blurb happened only when the book was coming to end. Parineeta tells Atharv to not come after her, so he doesn’t. Then suddenly the story moves eight years ahead. Parineeta conveniently ignored her lonely and aging father till the end. Then she comes back. Didn’t like it.

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