The one from the stars

Book title: The one from the stars

Author: Keshav Aneel

Genre: Fiction, psychology

Number of pages: 168

Publication date: 5 July 2017

Language: English

Available format: Kindle, audiobook, paperback

Misunderstood and alone, this is the story of a boy who falls down and tries to make himself up on his own, to prove that anyone who follows their heart isn’t a commoner; he is THE ONE FROM THE STARS…!!!  

“The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.” Vishesh is a dreamer, driven by his passion for writings and words. Just like any other typical Indian parent, His parents are impatient to see him settled in a government job. Regardless of obstacles, he continues to follow the hard path, keeping the promise he made to himself, trying to fulfill his father’s wishes despite failure over and over again. In the course of his journey, almost everyone leaves his side, including his parents, friends, and the love of his life. To worsen things, he is diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the seriousness of which nobody could decipher before it was too late.  

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by persistent and unwanted thoughts or images. There is usually a compulsive behavior associated with these; this may be in response to undoing or neutralizing the obsessive image or thoughts or to prevent an impending event or circumstance. More specifically, according to DSM-5, obsessions involve persistent and recurrent intrusive thoughts, images, or impulses that are experienced as disturbing, inappropriate, and uncontrollable. People who have such obsessions actively try to resist or suppress them or neutralize them with some other thought or action. Compulsions can involve overt repetitive behaviors that are performed as lengthy rituals (such as hand washing, checking, putting things in order over and over again). Compulsive behaviors may also include more covert rituals (such as counting, praying, or repeating certain words silently over and over again).  

A person with OCD often feels compelled to perform this compulsive, ritualistic behavior as a way to satisfy an obsession. There are often rigid rules as to how compulsive behavior should be performed. These compulsive behaviors are performed for the purpose of preventing distress, reducing anxiety, or preventing a dreaded situation or event. OCD is often one of the most disabling mental disorders in that it leads to a lower quality of life and a great deal of functional impairment (Stein et al., 2009).  

The message of the story is to follow your dreams. The challenges one faces while following his passion especially when your parents don’t support you. The feeling of emotional conflict when one’s friends, family, and supporters don’t stand by him. The consequences can come from enforcing a decision on someone.  

The emotional conflict of the character with his loved ones and the struggles that he has to face while chasing his dreams is described so realistically that you can totally relate to it, especially if you belong to an Indian middle-class family. The ending is also wonderful, and touching that it might bring in tears to any mildly emotional person.

‘The One from the Stars’ is a memorable, inspirational, and emotional book, and I would recommend this to readers of all fiction.

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