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The Story of a Suicide by Sriram Ayer – Book Review



Definition as in Merriam-Webster Dictionary
noun  sui·cide \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd\
Popularity: Top 20% of words
1. The act of killing yourself because you do not want to continue living.
2. A person who commits suicide.
3. An action that ruins or destroys your career, social position, etc.


The fact of the matter is, ‘Suicide’ is the leading cause of death among youngsters aged 10-24 in our country, with 62,960 such deaths reported in 2013 as per the findings of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-being.
Isn’t this Alarming?
As a parent, it is a bigger reason to worry about.
Perhaps in India as parents, we are failing to understand the psyche of our children. Maybe we are worrying about all the tangible & intangible things in their lives like studies, lunchbox, books, toys, clothes, career and more but we are not focusing on their dynamic world & yes, their mental health.
It is time to address this issue and curb suicides and suicidal tendencies.
Coming back to the book, ‘The Story of a Suicide’ by Sriram Ayer. The book is written on a very crucial and sensitive topic. It is basically a fictional story weaved around four youngsters who face vivid struggles in the phase of life that’s often referred as ‘coming of age’. 
Book Title – The Story of a Suicide
Authors – Sriram Ayer
Genre – Fiction
Promoted By – NalandaWay Foundation & Youth Ki Awaaz
Chapters: 31
Available Formats – e-Edition & Audio Book available {with a Video trailer} at 
Price – Free
This book is so engrossing that I sat for 5 hours straight without taking water or other breaks and finished till the end.


It is a story of four youngsters Hari, Charu, Sam & Mani and a ‘Suicide’.

What Didn’t Work for Me:

Practically nothing and when I say it, I mean it!

What Worked for Me:

  • A compelling subject: ‘Suicide’ as a subject was never a favorite among the several novels and stories that I have read in recent times. Love rules the roost for most. Further, to write a book dedicated to this topic is I would say ‘Hats Off’! 
  • Characterization: The lead characters of the story namely Charu, Hari, Mani & Sam. As you read through, completing one chapter after another you feel as if the characters are right there in front of your eyes and not hidden among words of a fictional story.
  • Chapter divisions: I feel it was a must for giving the story the right pace perfect to arouse curiosity inside the reader.
  • Story line & Language: It is a story of four friends and the incidences taken into consideration here are quite common in the modern times so any young reader and even the older ones can totally relate to some or the other incident. The language is very easy to understand, crisp and the font size is set to be comfortable for all while reading the story online.
  • The 1st & 31st Chapter: These two chapters are extremely touching and reveal the hidden struggles of the youth and their way of dealing with it. 
  • Illustrations: Are simply wow!

About the Author: 

Sriram Ayer is the founder & CEO of NalandaWay Foundation & Ashoka Fellow. More than 47000 children are a part of NalandaWay’s programs at present. NalandaWay works with children from the poorest districts in India, helping them raise their voices and issues through vivid media like theater, visual arts, music, dance, radio and films.
He has been named by the Outlook Business magazine as one of the top 50 social entrepreneurs in India. Apart from this, he has received numerous awards, including the World Bank’s South Asia development marketplace award, Architect of the future by Waldzell Institute, Austria, and the fellowship from Ashoka. Currentl, he lives in Chennai, India.


My rating for this book is a 5/5.
This book pulls the reader like it was custom-made for him or her. The story line & subject is compelling & has a strong underline message. As you read the book, after a chapter or two, the reader forgets that it is a book that he is reading and rather it seems to be a movie going on in front of you. My concluding thoughts about the book, just click on the link mentioned above and read it! Every word is worth reading!

Favourite Quote that made a lot of sense to me:

“I am sad. I am tired. Helpless. Disillusioned. Paranoid. Unhappy. Sorry, it would not do justice if I just gave only one adjective to describe my hurt.” 

It is by & large the crux of what goes inside a youngster’s mind. Increasingly youth of today feel themselves to be misfits in the society and then try & deal with it according to their thought process.

Tips for Youngsters on dealing with life:

  • Getting ‘Love’ from a girl or boy  is not the ultimate aim of our lives but only a part of it. We need to look beyond the clichés and aim for something better.
  • Failure: These truly are the stepping stone of our lives. Personally, I take failures to be indications that something better has been planned for me. Further anytime you feel that you are a failure google about the man who started KFC – the world-renowned fried chicken chain of restaurant.
  • Life is Precious: If at some point the sufferings become unbearable just remember there are many people, many children struggling with death to extend their life span.
  • Extend a patient ear to anyone who sound lonely & depressed: You don’t know what all weird thoughts including an outrageous idea of committing suicide might be going on in his mind. Letting them pour their heart out is the best way sometimes of helping such people.


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