An accident, a girl in coma, a boy in search of a girl whom he loved, Probal Mazumdar’s debut novel Key to My Soul has a familiar premise. The protagonist Siddharth is in his school when he meets the love of his life Hazel. One day Hazel suddenly disappears only to resurface after seventeen years, this time immobile in a vegetable state. What she has left behind for him are letters, which will reveal some deep hidden secrets.
The book makes a promising beginning. If you grew up in the eighties and the nineties, you will perfectly relate to his writings. The feeling of nostalgia is the USP of this book. The free-flowing language makes you to yearn for more. But unfortunately the novel falters and doesn’t live up to expectations. The letters neither gel with the narrative nor do they evoke emotions. The novel drags in the second half. There are couple of spelling mistakes in the book. Read this novel only if you like reading mushy love stories which defy logic.