A tale of two friends
Jayanti Anubhav’s debut book To Live Once Again is a story of two friends. A young girl, Yamini, one day accidentally finds herself in her parents’ bedroom where she witnesses the monster that her father is and her life is changed irrevocably. Scared, friendless and alone, she revolts in solitude. It is when her father sends her to a convent boarding school in the serene hills of Nainital that she finds her true friend Lavanya, the second protagonist of the book.
Though Lavanya is a chirpy girl, she has had her share of problems in the form of a broken family. In each other, the two young girls find their faithful confidantes and cultivate a deep friendship. Both girls have secrets of their own — a painful past that refuses to abandon their thoughts. Post their studies, they take different paths — Yamini in her quest to live with dignity and independence and Lavanya, who strives to find an honest relationship. But life takes different turns.
“I got the inspiration to write this book from the people and incidences around me. The book in a way is something that I experienced in life directly or indirectly,” said Anubhav. She was born in Bihar and grew up in Ranchi, Jharkhand. An avid reader and travel enthusiast she quit her banking and insurance career to devote the entire time to pen down her debut novel — To Live Once Again.