Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Book: The Day Before I Died - Historical Fiction and Romance


Title:  The Day before... I Died (Matryoshka in East)
Author:Ashi Kalam
Publisher: Notion Press
Pages: 99
Price: Rs. 195
My Rating: 2.75/5


Svetlana had never known pure love, till she meets Brajesh... 

Brajesh is a fun-loving, mischievous and caring Indian prince who visits Russia and captures Svetlana's heart. He christens her as ""His Matryoshka."" 

Once his work gets done, he leaves for India, taking Svetlana's heart with him. 

Unable to forget him and confident of his love for her, Svetlana travels to India in search of her prince. 

Does she find him? What happens to her love? How does the international politics affect her life? 

Inspired by true life incidents, The Day Before... I Died narrates the love between Svetlana - daughter of the infamous dictator Josef Stalin - and Brajesh Singh, an Indian Kunwar. 

The murder, trails, betrayals and the hope leads to more agony.

The cover is beautiful and immediately makes you want to read it... the blurb is interesting too which actually made me get hold a copy of this book... however I found the book rather 'ok-ok'.

Talking about the story line, it touches upon rather big part of history, (note - just touches). Svetlana the lead is Joseph Stalin's daughter - a poor soul who is suffering a life of solitude due to her father.
The story revolves around how Svetlana meets and fall in love with an Indian Kunwar, Brajesh. Love story part is cute but I found narration lacking a bit.

Characters of Svetlana and Brajesh are finely defined but rest all need work.

The ending is decent too, after reading it I could understand the title and its importance.

What I didn't like about the book is - the flow is rather abrupt. Its like it needs serious check. I found things haphazard and it's confusing.
There are some editing issues as well, which needs some work.

Additionally, it is just 100 pager book but marked at Rs. 195. Yes print quality is excellent but given the quality of read, the price as per me is a little too steep.

My rating: 2.75/5 (It is an 'Okay-Okay' read)

The book is available at amazon at below link. You can give it a try.

Love and Cheers


  1. I had no idea about Stalin's daughter's love story! I'm going to pick this up...thanks for the review and recommendation... :-)

  2. Interesting.As the name of Stalin was involved.


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