The Hangover of Choices

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Blue Rose Publishers, Apr 8, 2021 - Fiction - 155 pages
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Nidhi Verma, finds herself having an extraordinary experience, whilst she is on her death

bed under unexpected circumstances. As the doctors work furiously to identify the

underlying causes that led to her sudden collapse, her mind starts to take a walk down

memory lane, to find its own reasons. With each increasing dosage of medication, she slips

deeper and deeper into the storehouse of her memories, many of which she had kept

carefully buried. She desperately tries to shut them out, but one unwanted scene continues

to play after another. She is forced to now watch the movie of her entire life, only this time,

as a viewer and not the actor.

Each vision raises uncomfortable questions and reveals aspects of her personality that she

had denied. Forced to now confront issues related to her forgotten sexuality, jealously and

the complicated relationships with her best friend, Ziya and husband, Kumar, Nidhi begins

to see herself in a new light. As illusions start to fade, she is keen to live a more authentic

life and become a better version of herself, while equally embracing her flaws and

vulnerabilities, knowing none of these define her.

The question remains- Will she make it alive to life differently?

The Hangover of Choices is an engaging story, which will surely make the readers ask- If I

was on my deathbed, what would I see? 


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Loved the narrative style and story line ! Most women will identify themselves with Nidhi or Ziya .
It is very interesting how Deepa weaved in various aspects - personal experiences, her work in
mental health and her faith . Watching a play back of yourself from distance is a clever way to nudge the readers to look inwards . Often the misery is all in the insecurities, believes you put yourself through . Using a fictional style to bring this out is very impactful .
The book does not come across as a work of a fist time author. Easy , interesting , provoking read ..

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"The Hangover of choices” by Deepa Agarwal is a harmonious blend of fiction and philosophy. Although primarily fiction, themes such as non judgement and contentment have been cleverly woven into the book in an interesting way, leading to self introspection amongst readers.
In addition, the book’s bold approach to sexuality, body image and mental health is refreshing, especially considering these topics are still taboo in many parts of India, where the plot is set.
The primary characters are Nidhi and her best friend, Ziya, who are quite contrary in their approach towards life. When they both meet with a horrendous accident and are hanging between life and death, Nidhi has a flashback of past incidents involving herself, Ziya, as well as other integral secondary characters, where certain shocking revelations come to the forefront.
Readers will have to wait till the very end to find out if either Nidhi or Ziya make it alive to face their demons and free themselves from the anguish of the past.

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About the author (2021)

Deepa Agarwal is a social entrepreneur working in the space of Human Rights and Mental

Health. Her work with the corporates, across international locations, in bringing equity for

under-represented groups has won her recognition across various forums, including the

Women Economic Forum. She uses multiple perspectives of philosophy, counselling and

human process work, to help individuals do their inner work and take responsibility for one’s

own progress.

An adventurous person, she loves solo traveling, during which she immerses herself in the

local life. These help her expand her own thinking and make for engaging stories indeed. 

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