Indrani Das Bora
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when you feel you are getting less than what you deserve. And this crushes us so much that we are too lost to find our way out of it. In this course of indictments, we forget whatever we had in hand and whatever played in front of our eyes. Counting Stars is one such story of twenty year old tasha.
Born and brought up in Guwahati by the “world’s best parents”, tasha Kashyap is a “twelfth pass” with no higher academic qualifications. Total failure. Hopeless entity. Self proclaimed world’s worst daughter in existence. Shattered by failures in life and love and entrapped in isolation from her own family she sees the world ahead of her heading to worse when she opts for the ultimate decision.
While on the other hand, she seeks professiol help, she is too scared to approach her own family for help. Her counsellor however prescribes her to take a break from life and clear her head from any negativity that she might be harbouring. And even as she attempts to end her turmoil by ending her life as a whole, fate happens and she finds herself touring the three corners of India with her States bound cousin Shaya and her best friend Aryan. With the passage of time and shifting from each corner, tasha has values to learn which would help her embrace her life the way it is and plan on mending ways for the future.
The novel mostly focuses on the psychosocial problems of teege. It is all about the mindsets of the teens in their post-school-pre-career period when they are pressurised by the whims of their parents, their teachers, the society and their interl turmoil within and also on how the adolescents resort to deal with it.
Most of the times people don’t know what they want in life. Same goes for tasha too, who, however by the end of the novel finds out what her heart wants. The author also reveals the reasons for her rift with her family. Just like I.D. Bora’s first novel New Dawn, Counting Stars is meant for the teegers and also for the parents.
(Indrani Das Bora is an eighteen year old blogger and a new age writer. She did her schooling from St. Mary’s Convent and from Cotton College. Now, she is pursuing medical science in Gauhati Medical College. Her first book New Dawn was published by Partridge (A Penguin Random House Company). Counting stars is her second novel through which she hopes to become a teen icon.)