Book Review:If I had to tell it Again by Gayatri Prabhu

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A stranger to me, to my very own dusty mirror.
Forgiveness is a complicated affair.

Author: Gayatri Prabhu
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
Ratings: 4.5/5


From the aftermath of death emerges this pioneering memoir of a daughter’s difficult love for a flawed, passionate, larger-than-life father.If I had to Tell it Again is a tapestry of conflicting memories of clinical depression, intense togetherness, mourning, healing, and the shattering of spaces between childhood and adulthood. Charting an emotional minefield with delicacy and honesty, this is a haunting story about the sort of suffering only families can inflict and endure.
I loved the title and cover of the book. It describes a lot of what this book is. The book is all about a relationship between father and a daughter. The daughter describes memories of her brutal childhood, how she was abused. It’s about the complicated relationship she shared with her father. It’s a story about depression that both father and daughter went through. The words used by the author are so strong and beautifully expressed each and every part of the story.  The rich vocabulary used by the author makes this book more beautiful. The plot that the book has is quite heavy but rich. The way she expressed each and every aspect how her father who fulfilled other people’s wishes except his daughter’s and wife. How cruel he was to his daughters but precious for other people. The book had many themes like loss, breakdown, healing and many more. Her father always wanted his daughter to be independent, courageous and brave. she stood up to his father’s expectations fighting with every situation, making her own way. The story also tells a lot about mental illness, how one faces depression, how it’s difficult to come out of it, the loss. The author used many beautiful lines and phrases that add beauty to this book. The pace of the story is too good. It explains each and everything with a deep meaning within. The tempo of the story is amazing, as there are various elements added to the story every time. There’s mystery, suspense, self-help, awareness and much more. This book teaches you to get through the pain with some beautifully described situations.
The author describes how her dog chinna played an important role in her life, her battles, struggles through depression, life. How much she wanted to tell her father but she could not tell him because of his nature. How one trauma made his father depressed that he wished for death.

An accurate and beautifully written story with strong vocabulary where each and everyone can connect with the story. Amazing plot, beautiful story, strong characters, and wonderful writings.
The book is a heavy read but a must read.
This book is an easy read which one can finish in a go. one can learn a lot from this book and I am lucky that I got this book as a review copy.

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*** I received this copy from the publishers in exchange for honest and unbiased review***

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