The Day Before…I died by Ashi kalim

readingabook-alignthoughtsThe Day Before... I Died - Matryoshka in East

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Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction

About this book:

This is a book about love, Betrayal and Hope. HOPE makes all things possible. All of us have our share of joys & sorrow in life. It depends on our jurisdiction of how we face it. The Real heroine of the story is a protagonist and sees life with dull lenses. Gradually she develops a liking for a Prince from India who teaches her how to Love?

The lesser known TRUE Love Story of a RUSSIAN dictator Josef Stalin’ s Daughter that changed the world order forever……..

Svetlana had never known pure love, till she meets Brajesh…
Brajesh is a fun-loving, mischievous and caring Indian prince who visits Russia and captures Svetlana’s heart. He christens her as “His Matryoshka.”
Once his work gets done, he leaves for India, taking Svetlana’s heart with him.
Unable to forget him and confident of his love for her, Svetlana travels to India in search of her prince.
Does she find him? What happens to her love? How does the international politics affect her life?
Inspired by true life incidents, The Day Before… I Died narrates the love between Svetlana – daughter of the infamous dictator Josef Stalin – and Brajesh Singh, an Indian Kunwar.
The murder, trails, betrayals and the hope leads to more agony.


I have conflicting views about this book. On one hand, I feel like it is a very strong story with important characters but on the other hand, I wonder if this book hadn’t used the names of popular personalities like Stalin, it wouldn’t be interesting at all.
It was good that the characters were chosen so importantly and the emotions the author tried to convey reached out to me but I expected a stronger plot. Given that it is a short book, that could be overlooked. But I have another element that irked me.
Svetlana didn’t call Stalin ‘father’ even in her mind. Now I understand how Stalin was and Svetlana’s relationship with him was strained. But still when she called him Stalin even in her thoughts instead of father, I felt weird.
Now on to the relation between her and Brajesh. It just happened too quickly but still felt real.
Overall, it was a good book that lacked in certain areas.
And there were also errors in the book that annoyed me.


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