I usually write a short introduction to my book reviews, talking about how I came across this book and any personal trivia related to it. But I’m struggling to come up with a proper written introduction to this book because of how intense it is and because of how much I was and am still affected by it.
The Diary on the Fifth Floor is the story of Savannah Khanna who approaches a psychiatrist, Dr. Rama Berry because she is affected by everything around her. What follows are stories that are wrapped up in the amazing mental health plastic that the author has established earlier. But though it looks like just another collection of short stories, it is so much more than that. And it will take you a few pages to understand this point. Not because you can’t, but because of how Raisha Lalwani has put it all in there.
The reason why I love this book is because it talks about everything that is wrong with the world. It asks questions of me and of the world, and I was rather stunned to find that I didn’t have answers to quite a few of them. This was because there was so much truth in there that I couldn’t comprehend my own reaction to how the author put forth all her thoughts. The book made me oscillate between who I agreed all along the narrative.
Why can’t people be nice to each other? Why is it that selfishness and greed take over the human mind instead of living peacefully with each other in the one life that we’re given? Why do people have to be so judgmental about other people’s lives? Why does the will to live on one’s own terms have to be dictated by the cruelty of the world?
All these and so many questions and issues raised in one short book of not more than 170 pages. It makes you think about the little things in life that have such a great impact on us. How even the thinking of those around us can bring out a change in our psyche is subtly inserted as an underlying statement throughout the entirety of this book.
Raisha Lalwani’s honest manner of writing broke my heart while loving and understanding the fact that there is someone out there who thinks just like me. It will endear to you in so many ways that you simply cannot but get confused as to what to mention in terms of what you love about this book, if it makes sense.
Highly recommend The Diary on the Fifth Floor for a different perspective of the world.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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