Have you ever imagined the life of orphans? Have you ever been to an orphanage? or Do you know how it feels to be abandoned by your own parents and left at the mercy of some unknown people?

Even Noel and Nidhi were not aware of the orphans’ world until they stepped into Ashiyana. Ashiyana was not to be called as an orphanage, it was a home for those children who didn’t know where they belonged to.

Noel and Nidhi had their own reasons to come to Ashiyana. Noel felt as if he knew every corner of that place. Whereas Nidhi was searching answers for some questions that were burning inside her. At last, both of them ended up discovering many unexpected bitter truths of their lives during their stay in Ashiyana. Meanwhile they both fell in love with each other. Initially Nidhi was not ready to accept that she loved Noel and finally when she accepted, Noel left her saying he hate her !!!!

Appu was a six year old boy who lived in Ashiyana. Noel and Nidhi felt an unknown special bonding with that child. They were helplessness when Appu pleaded them not to send him with the couple who adopted him, which they regretted later.

Now don’t consider this novel as a mere love story. Noel’s and Nidhi’s love story is only a part of the novel. Many more interesting characters will touch your heart when you get to read ‘Beyond Secrets’. There is Simin (the care taker of Ashiyana), Sam (Noel’s twin brother), Pattu (Noel’s friend), Manu (Nidhi’s little brother) and many more.

Author : Alka Dimri Saklani

Genre : Fiction

Kindle Price : Rs. 99 (Free in kindle unlimited)

Published on : 22 August 2017

Length : 235 pages

My Review

If a book can hold you till its last page, that is where the Author wins. At some point in the book I felt, the story has reached its end. When I saw lot more pages pending to read, I thought the Author is simply dragging the story. But Alka Dimri Saklani proved me totally wrong. The way she turned the flow of the story was amazing. The interest that I lost in the middle of the book for around 10-12 pages was magically regained and then I finished the book in one sitting.

This book makes us think over many aspects of life. Feelings of a parent who decide to  abandon his/her child, feelings of an abandoned child, feelings of an adopted child, feelings of the parents who adopted an orphan child; every single aspect has been pictured sensibly throughout. In addition to this certain religious aspects are also highlighted at various instances.

Beyond Secrets has a very touching story line which would make us realize how lucky we are with our family and friends all around us. When some children demand constant attention of their parents and never takes ‘no’ for an answer, there are some others who never know the meaning of parents. When we compare hostel food and mother’s food, there are some others who have no option for any comparison.

My Rating ????

I rated this book 4/5 stars. It was an easy read and if time allows, it can be finished in one sitting. I highly recommend this book.

You can buy the book here – Amazon

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About the Author

Alka Dimri Saklani is the author of “45 Days in a Cancer Hospital” and “Beyond Secrets”. Her debut novel “45 Days in a Cancer Hospital” was longlisted for the prestigious Crossword Books award 2013. Her poems have been published in many magazines. She holds MBA degree in HR and worked with a leading MNC before turning to a full-time writer. Born and brought up in Vadodara, a city in Gujarat, her roots hail from “Dev Bhumi” Uttarakhand. Apart from writing, she loves music, reading, and spending time with her two naughty kids.


NOTE : I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


Review by Maya Bhat




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