If you are looking to read a unique love story with a thrilling mix of love, mystery and mythology then the novel ‘The Girl in the Dream: A Love Story Planned 500 years ago’ could be your next pick. Pravin Agarwal, a Senior Software Engineer working in Mumbai, has written his first fictional novel which is based in Los Angeles in the United States of America, present-day Madhya Pradesh, the medieval era of Ujjain, and also the present-day of MNIT Jaipur. A young love story, Agarwal’s novel is a lot different than what you usually read.
The Protagonist of the story, Vivaan, is a young Scientist at NASA whose life turns upside down upon his engagement with ‘Riya’. His life takes a sharp turn when his repeated dream starts turning to reality. While the majority chunk of the story is written in the present times, what is interesting is how the incidents that took place 500 years ago have shaped the present scenario for the protagonist. At the same time the lives of two more characters – Rachit and Swara, along with a treasured mystery of Lord Shiva’s temple are also entangled with Vivaan’s life. This puzzle of mysteries is solved over time as the readers turn pages until the end. The novel is a sure-shot page-turner and is highly recommended to everyone looking to read a different kind of love story. The Girl in the Dream is a novel that has pace, interesting threads that connect the past and the present and a storyline that is impressive, compelling and also exciting for the readers all the time. It is not a romantic novel that you can find almost by the alternate writers in India; this is something more than a casual romance. The story is wonderfully sketched and is very engaging till the very last page. In short, it’s a moving novel and the readers will never feel underwhelmed.
Pravin Agarwal is a master storyteller. He has achieved quite big in terms of fiction’s height in this novel. He has been at his best when describing the dilemma in the mind of Vivaan. His style is simple, effective, communicative and, at the same time, evoking various anticipations and speculations in the readers. A page-turner, if you want to say that this novel will keep the readers hooked till the end with its splendid storytelling and an enchanting dream that connects the present to the past. As a reader busies himself in reading this work, I am sure the frequent occurrence of the dream, Vivaan’s expressions for Riya but his hesitation at times, the scenes of experiencing the previous life five hundred years ago, and many other things must visualize like a movie. The story has the visual effect of a screenplay. The novel moves towards its conclusion very impactfully and the symbolism has been very apt according to the storyline. With his unique plotlines and compelling narrative style, Pravin is undoubtedly the next literary phenomenon.
Agarwal, who loves to travel and explore new destinations, is an avid reader and is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy.