Author: 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. 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?”
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.
Cover : 4/5
Title : 4/5
Blurb : 4/5
Creativity in Story line: 5/5
Character Complexity: 5/5
Overall : 4.5/5