Amit Sharma, in his new book: The Woman Who Saw the Future, spins an intriguing story around the concept of dreams & the subconscious mind.
Dreams have a rather mystical quality. The fact that we can travel places, time, and thoughts, while we are in deep sleep, is reason enough to be curious about them. Although many books have been written on Dreams and their interpretation, nothing, as we know, is concrete.
Most dreams are a direct result of our subconscious. There are dreams we may remember in vivid detail, while others are just a flicker. Some people even believe that dreams are a window into our past lives.
In our dreams we see things that we may experience later: Déjà vu. Sometimes we wake up with a bad feeling about something and are unable to figure out why. We call it intuition, a sixth sense, or a premonition. However, the real question is, can premonitions really foretell the future?
Sapna Vaid, a timid, wide-eyed, college-going girl, has lived with a unique power for a decade; a power that has turned her into the most influential and powerful Goddess on Earth. Sapna can see the future by way of premonitions that haunt her at night, where death and blood await her in her dreams. She saves thousands of people around the world every year through her record-breaking, popular show ‘Lucky People’. The show has given Sapna’s life a meaning and gives her the courage to sleep every night.
Even though the world is at her feet, this power costs Sapna her personal life. Broken relationships and separation from her son bring her unbearable pain. Her parents and the thousands of prayers that come her way every year are her only solace, her only reason to live. When blinding hatred leads to a desperate act of revenge, a single misuse of her great power triggers a reversal of her fortunes. Now she must decide the path she has to take to preserve her unique gift and her fame, even if it turns her into a murderer on the brink of insanity.
Sharma spins an unusual, almost unbelievable idea into a riveting story. Sapna’s premonitions show her dangerous incidents pertaining to individuals, communities, and countries, before they happen. The author weaves threads of major world disasters in the plot that make his story turn from far-fetched to believable in a short span of time.
The narration style he chooses is via the words of multiple characters who describe the events as seen from their point of view. The author has carefully developed each of their individual personalities and backstories. He has created a page turning thriller in the way these characters connect with each other to take the story forward.
I did find it odd for each of these characters to have a distinctive speech style – a word or phrase one each one uses frequently, or a stutter. It seemed far too obvious. Had it been mixed with a personality trait or behavioural mannerism, it would have added variety. Nonetheless, with the many characters on the playing field, all of whom are introduced early on, it all added an interesting layer to the mystery and thrill.
I found the transformation of Sapna, the protagonist, to be especially moving. Her helplessness when she realizes that the horrors she sees in her dreams are coming true. The sheer joy she experiences at finding an avenue where she can help change the horrors into something good. The passion that gradually begins to take the form of power, and finally, the end of her reign as the Goddess. All these phases of her journey breathe life into her.
The story itself begins in the present and travels back in time. Even then, the events take you on a roller-coaster where everything happens so fast that one has to struggle to keep up. It makes the trip as hypnotic as it is thrilling.
At the end one can’t help but marvel at the inexplicable logic of how we are all cogs in this large wheel of the universe. There is so much that cannot be proved by any scientific measure, but that does not necessarily mean it has not happened. Nature has a mysterious way of working.
But, as Ivan Erenda said: “Perhaps the most important thing we can ever do in our life is to find a way to our intuition.”
Amit Sharma seems to have driven this point home magnificently with his book The Woman Who Saw the Future.
Author: Amit Sharma
Edition/Year: First Edition 2017
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About the Author:
Amit Sharma is an IT slave (read professional) since the last twelve years. He lives with his family in NCR but his work does take him to foreign lands. His wife was a teacher till she gave it up because of sheer exhaustion of answering questions of their four-year-old daughter all day.
His first fiction book, False Ceilings, a family saga spanning one hundred and thirty years, was published by Lifi Publications in 2016. The book garnered many good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and critical acclaim. Amit’s hobbies include reading, watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.