A Book Review of Uday Mane’s Helpline

Uday Mane’s Helpline is a problematic story of a pessimistic protagonist who struggles a lot to look for a reason…the reason to survive.I,welcome you all to the world of a suicide prone young man,living all by himself in the Maximum City(You got to praise Mane for the description of Mumbai’s hustle bustle..busy men and busier roads..and tasty biriyanis). But wait,what is the motive for being suicidal?What actually happenned ?You need to go through the book for that reason.The plot lacks conviction but the subplots will melt your heart.Kudos to the Novelist for dealing such sensitive issues with ease and craftmanship.The novel deserves accolades for the portrayal of Bro-Sis love,friendship,the bond between the GrandPa and his Grandson.In a very realistic and heartwarming manner..Mane paints the character of  Siddharth who is sufferring from Down’s Syndrome.I enjoyed how the author made him alive,when the character cannot speak a word.Oh What about the secret spot of Samir(Protagonist)..from where he jumps into the splashing water…and the moment he shares with Neha..well it is magical.Mane also deals with a hero who is a born artist forced to study Engineering….this is a burning issue with today’s youngsters..and while doing so,he creates wonders.I am sure,you are going to be touched by the  short story titled The Joker.But,the Editing…in one word..it is BAD,i mean ,such editorial glitches cannot be accepted.       All in all,Uday Mane’s Helpline is actually a narrative delight,it goes very deep into the psyche.A relief from cliche storylines and formula backed characters.An interesting concept,some authentic organic characters,few fine moments and brilliant multiple subplots..If you are looking for something different,grab a copy.


by Uday Mane

The Blurb
 Samir is suicidal. Rachael works for a suicide helpline. Fate connects them through a phone call. And so begins Samir’s story of love, longing, errors, regret and a girl who changed his life. As his story reaches its conclusion, Rachael will know the true reason behind his suicidal tendencies. But this suicide helpline is not any ordinary service. There is more to the mysterious and yet so convincing voice of Rachael. As this new mystery begins to unfold, Samir is going to discover three things: 

What is The Helpline? 
Who is Rachael? 
What is Samir’s own identity? 

Every year, several teenagers in India attempt suicide because of failing relationships, dwindling careers, parental pressure or the competitive world. This story is about one such teenager, his early problems and the hurdles to cope with them. This story is about finding hope in the struggle. This story is about fighting for what you believe in and discovering your true identity. This is not a story about falling in love. This is a story of rising from a failed love story.

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Meet the Author

Uday Mane was born in Pune and raised in Mumbai. He works as a marketing professional during the day and a storyteller during the night. He is an avid reader, and loves to collect classic books. 

The Helpline is his debut novel that was launched in March 2014 at the hands of Padma Shri Paresh Rawal.

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