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.


“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips, and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.”

One Last Time explores the sweetness of friendship, cheerfulness of youth and simplicity of life. It takes you to meet Nakul, the city freak, Prakash, the poor kid and Akansha, the village belle. How their lives cross paths and intervene forms the story of the book.

It was a simple and light read that will rekindle the emotions of your childhood and thoughts about your hometown. The bonding of Prakash and Nakul will please you and give you warm feelings. The narration is simple and easy going that suit the content, it conveys. Each character will leave a different style of impact on the readers. What they were at the beginning and what they become as you reach the last page will fill up your thoughts.

There are no much heavy drama, suspense or twists, and turns and that makes it predictive and fails to create curiosity factor in readers or make the plot gripping.

Overall it is a good read and I will rate this 3.5/5 😀

About the Author

Anubhav Shrivastava graduated with a B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics from Manipal Institute of Institute of Technology in the year 2015. He is extremely passionate about cricket and movies.He has previously worked as a Consultant in Fractal Analytics and currently works in OLA.

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