Life of a Sunset Kid by Udayakumar DS is an impressive story about the journey of a young boy into adulthood. He faced the challenges of the degenerative muscle disease during his brief 14 years life. This book discusses about optimism that affects during adversity. The story has been shared via the diary of main character Shyam which he named Kris. The diary of Shyam is not only the record of his days, it is actually the portal into this world that has been filled with insights, emotions and adventures.
When Pratiksha, Shyam’s niece, discovers Kris 20 years after his passing, the story takes an intriguing turn. Shyam’s diary gives us a glimpse into his adventures and the people he met while visiting places most of us can only imagine. Even more amazing is a mysterious incident that happened long after Shyam’s passing but is recorded in Kris. The author skillfully and delicately crafts this multi-layered story, giving readers a captivating journey. The focus of the narrative is wheelchair-bound Shyam, who records his knowledge and experiences in a journal. The story’s central event is Pratiksha’s discovery of this journal. Reading Shyam’s profound ideas was a personal and intense experience for me as a reader.
The narrative in the book is compelling and full of vivid details that take you to an entirely different era and location. In addition to being a writer, Udayakumar is a gifted storyteller. The narrative gains depth as a result of his command of the language and descriptive writing style. Different timelines are seamlessly transitioned between, preserving the emotional resonance of the moments. A cast of characters from various eras that are diverse and relatable has been created by Udayakumar. Because they are clearly defined and well-developed, these characters enable readers to emotionally connect with their stories. The dialogue between the characters is convincing and true to each character’s voice and time period. Sensitive depictions of Shyam’s emotional complexity and his family dynamics add to the story’s depth.
Udayakumar takes readers on a journey through time and their own personal development while also examining the human spirit’s tenacity in “Life of a Sunset Kid.”. This book serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, optimism, and wonder. For those who enjoy moving stories and characters that linger in your mind long after the last page, it’s a must-read.