BOOK REVIEW – Paradise Lost and Regained by Ratnadip Acharya

Title : Paradise Lost & Regained
Author : Ratnadip Acharya
Pages : 252
Publisher : Frog Publication
Genre : Fiction


“Whispered the forest & its trees, Little deer, tell us your story again. Smiled, I & asked, What will you gain hearing it time & again? Replied the forest at once, It is not just a story of a deer, but of we all forest, earth, sky, trees, wind and river. It is a testimony to trust, love, hope & courage that we will all remember for ages. With a smile, again, I began to narrate my story, which breathed my love, fear, success, failure & glory. It spanned from my birth in the forest to human captivity, from where I escaped to explore life s other possibility. Everywhere and every moment I received help from Nature, & it taught me to experience life from closer. I learnt that the other name of life is a mystery, and that it is beautiful with all its unknown twists and unpredictability. Once I finished my narration, the forest was throbbing with life, there prevailed only peace, silence & joy, and no strife. Name your story, breathed the forest and every living entity it contained. Thought I for a while and replied… Paradise Lost & Regained….

My Review:

The book starts telling us how this deer takes birth and her mother’s love and affection towards her is shown brilliantly, Baby deer is taught many essential lessons and the story moves on. The story will keep you engrossed as new things keeps on adding up. I simply loved the climax. It made me smile and it feels good to make mistakes, feel bad and learn? Isn’t it.

Positive points: 

Concept: Paradise Lost & Regained by Ratnadip Acharya is an unusual concept. Many important lessons are been taught in the book. The essential philosophical facts are been taught but depicting deer in the picture. I appreciate author for writing something out of the box.

Language: As a reader, I never felt an urge to reach for dictionary as the language used by the author is simple and I personally feel, Book will be appreciated by the masses for the same reason. While reading the story you’ll be able to imagine the scenes in front of you. That’s what the magic of words is all about.

Writing Style: I repeat, I could feel the same that was happening in the story, Yes, you’ll smile and even get frightened at times.

Story Line: There are few tales that directly touches the chords of the heart and I feel this tale is one of them. The beauty of the book is, you know all those lessons which are said and taught in the story, but most of the times we need someone to remind us the importance of our life.

Title of the book: I personally like these kind of titles where nothing much is revealed and that indirectly engross readers to read the story.

Last but not the least, I liked the way how each chapter begins with a quote.

Negative points:

At some point of time, while reading the book, you’ll feel like it has been stretched unnecessarily. That’s the only drawback I could point out after completing the book.

About the Author :-

“Ratnadip is a well-trained street magician and has demonstrated his skill to many across the country. A NIT Jamshedpur graduate, Ratnadip lives in Mumbai where he works as an Electrical Engineer. He contributed many inspirational write-ups in different collections of Chicken Soup for the Soul. In December 2012 his first novel, Life is Always Aimless ….Unless You Love it was published and was received well by the readers across the country. Being deeply interested in life, Nature and its mysteries, this time Ratnadip has come up with a storyline the like of which has hitherto not been told. It is about a little deer growing up in a far-flung deep forest, teeming with its fellow deer, other animals, trees and rocks. Yet we can all find ourselves in this strange and surreal world that Ratnadip has created in this inspirational novel Paradise Lost & Regained. Ratnadip can be reached at: or or on

Twitter: @RatnadipAcharya ”


I would like to conclude my review saying that, if you wish to read something simple and mesmerizing, you can surely choose Paradise Lost and Regained, Some stories are simple yet they touch our heart, the lessons taught from such tales remain with you for long. I would say, this book is one of them.

If you’re a nature lover – This book is for you. If you like happy endings, this book is for you. If you wish to read something that’s unusual and inspiring – This book is for you.
For the Author: Thank you for sending me review copy, I had a great time while reading the story. Best wishes for your future endeavors!

Ratings: 4.5 out of 5


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