What comes to your mind when you hear the word Soulmates?
“A Touch of Eternity” by Durjoy Datta is an extraordinary story of a couple Anvesha and Druvan, who were to be perfect soulmates for each other since the time they were born. Born on the same day, at the same time, and are inseparable. But as the blurb says, when the time comes, can one stay true to their soulmate?
I have read quite a few books by Durjoy Datta, but this one was different from all his previous works. I picked this up, first because it was from Durjoy Datta and second because of its cover, so pretty, loved the cover. Yes, once again, he came up with a heart-warming love story though this time with a sci-fi twist. Beginning a few years ago, from the birth of our hero and heroine, the book kick starts with an engaging and gripping story.
This will take you into a whole new world of technology, where soul transfer is possible. Although, it is a fictional story, though through the pages of the book one can travel in the world where this concept is real.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book; it beautifully covers the relation of Anvesha and Druvan with each other, with their friends and family. What I liked the most is that the author has given proper character development to every person in the story. Alongside, a parallel plot that goes simultaneously in the book is related to a science experiment; a reincarnation program.
As the story progresses, we see how the ongoing reincarnation program and the life of Anvesha and Druvan get linked up. The book in its second half focuses mainly on the process of aatma/soul transfer, political drama, riots, mass murders etc. At this phase, it feels like the plot of soulmates was lost and overshadowed. I understand that the author wanted to provide a base to the science experiment but I guess it became a little extra, repetitive, and over the top. It could have been cut short.
However, I am glad that towards the end, the whole thing went back to our soulmates in the actual sense. “Ek Jism Do Jaan”… Science is Future; Future is Science.
Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️