What happens when the most popular guy in school falls in love with his beautiful female equivalent? A pompous Rahul is head over heels in love with Seema, a shy lady from the same school. After a whirlwind of innocent encounters, their teenage romance blossoms but the two never confess their love for each other. Friends and even a few teachers approve of their relationship which is no secret to anyone thanks to Rahul’s flaunting nature. Seema, on the other hand, finds it difficult to handle the unnecessary attention she gets due to Rahul’s ostentatiousness. What follows is a series of misunderstandings and ego clashes causing them to drift apart. Rahul loses his popularity, his numero uno status, his sanity and ultimately his love. By the time he realizes what he has lost, it’s too late. He takes desperate measures to woo her back and win back her respect, her love. But will Rahul ever get back Seema? And will Seema ever realize how much Rahul loves her and all the misunderstandings that transpired between them? Is there really any room for misunderstandings in love? In today’s world, can a person’s first love ever be his last?
Written in a simple elegant manner, this teenage love story seeks answers to so many innocent questions as it alternates between the past and the present events in the life of Rahul and makes you wonder; do all ♥ stories have a happy ending? Or do all love stories end, ever? TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY promises to be a heart-warming and emotion filled tale that will captivate the reader’s heart and fascinate their mind and leave them pondering-DoEs LoVe ReAlLy CoNqUeR aLl OdDs?
"A fascinating, roller-coaster tale of teenage love, Kazi’s book depicts the emotion in its raw, confusing form- just the way you’d have experienced it the first time you fell in love with someone. Kazi’s penchant for detail is impressive and makes the book an alluring journey for all die-hard romantics."
-Tuhin Sinha, best-selling author of ‘That thing called love’ and ‘Of Love and Politics’.
"The first book of an author always has a piece of the author's soul in it. Faraaz has his soul in this one."
-Abhijit Bhaduri, best-selling author of ‘Mediocre but Arrogant’ and ‘Married but Available’.
“In his debut novel, Faraaz Kazi exercises his literary muscle by accurately painting the colours of heartache. With a natural knack for the written word, Kazi's potential is clearly visible in black and white and will certainly be one to watch.”
-Chandru Bhojwani, author of 'The Journey of Om'.
“Faraaz shows subtle facility with the pen as he flits conveniently between classical and contemporary styles of writing. With a story set to cater to the yuppie generation, he is conscious of his choice of words. And the making of a fine writer shows in his flourish of words, as it does in his case.”
-Nishant Kaushik, author of ‘A Romance with Chaos’
"Faraaz has an easy narrative. This style will go down well across a wide spectrum of readers. Definitely a promising young author."
-Rashmi Kumar, author of ‘Stilettos in the newsroom’.
"Here is yet another beautiful tale of two lovers that reaffirms the 'power of love' as it takes you on a poignant journey of two innocent hearts.....which rouses your curiosity, fascinates you with its beauty and tugs at your heart... till you give up being a critical reader and deeply wish for a 'Happy Ending' for the lovers! "
-Sujata Parashar, author of ‘In pursuit of infidelity’ and ‘In pursuit of ecstacy’.
"Amazing cover, crisp detailing, wry wit, melodious and prosaic, refreshingly original... Faraaz has woven magic on paper - one that swiftly transports my soul into an era brimming with teenage dreams and pulsating hope... This one promises to be a cracker of a sentimental read... Just can't believe that it's the first novel of a very young, nascent writer... Well done, Faraaz, you make us proud :)"
-N. Sampath Kumar, author of 'Love on velocity express'.
“The sheer magnitude of the effort that had gone into the making of this book, an intense exercise still continuing at such unfaltering pace, in itself merits sincere appreciation. The young writer’s boundless enthusiasm, almost infectious, comes live on every page of his debut novel. When romances, though read voraciously, are frowned upon as girlie, it is very sweet of Kazi to boldly come up with one. He has the potential to be India's answer to Nicholas Sparks. “
-Sarat Kasyap, author of ‘At 5, San Thome’.
“The book is densely emotional when it needs to be, and ever-so-lightly at other times. Certain events are bursting with energy while others definitely melancholic. This alternation of feelings and actions, sometimes within a page itself, has a forceful impact on the reader, a positive one. This is a youthful story penned by a mature mind. No doubt, it will be enjoyed by readers across all age groups.”
-Indian Book Reviews.
"You don’t get to read books with this kind of depth anymore! Such love is truly hard to find in today’s materialistic world, and the fact that a teenager feels such love is really amazing. The book is different from the kind of romance you get to read these days. It has love, passion, excitement, and thrill to watch out for more. So, if love is what you’ve experienced at some point of time, or if you want to re-live those good old days, then ‘Truly, madly, deeply’ is the right pick for you!"
-Ankita Chadha, author of ‘Anything else but Love.'
Readers' love is the ultimate award for a writer. But still there are some bragging rights that made the book what it is today.
1) Only Indian book to be nominated for the annual Goodreads readers' choice awards in seven categories including 'Best Male character', 'Best cover', 'Best romance' and 'Best young adult novel'
2) Long-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Fiction Award 2010
3) The only Indian book in the global list of 'Top 100 Most Popular YA Fiction'
4) No.1 Flipkart new release for over twenty days right after release.
5) Best-selling title in almost all leading retail and online book chains including Landmark, Reliance Timeout, Sapna, Goodvalue and Indiaplaza.