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A storyteller: Besides being an educationist, Ayer is also an avid writer. His first novel, The Story of a Suicide recently released in a striking, free-for-all online edition preceded by a hauntingly engaging trailer-possibly the first-of-its-kind for a book. Read more...
Utilising several different forms of media like video, audio, and paintings, the novel aims to reach youngsters who spend most of their time on the internet and talk about this important issue. With four leads — Hari, Charu, Sam, and Mani — the story narrates how their lives become entangled in a web of passion and deceit. Read more...
Through the stories of Hari, Charu, Sam and Mani – all of whom are young first and second year students of college – “The Story of a Suicide” attempts to verbalise the struggles faced by teenagers today with relationships, adolescent depression, peer pressure, sexuality, cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking. Read more...
Sriram Ayer’s ‘The Story of a Suicide’ reaches out to the youth by giving a voice to their struggles, challenges and experiences Read more...
Every chapter of the web novel seeks to verbalise some of the struggles that people face — be it cyber bullying, sexual concerns, body image issues or disillusionment. If we need to approach the topic of mental health, we should make it interesting and provoke conversation which is how this project was conceived. Read more...
"Story of a Suicide is a raw realistic form of modern Indian literature that can either empower or least make you question society and understand different perspectives," writes the New Indian Express. Read more...
A web novel that talks about suicide through text, audio, and visuals, is the easiest way of describing Sriram Ayer’s The Story of a Suicide. This novel isn’t just a story, it is an awareness campaign Read more...
Social activist Sriram Ayer’s recently launched book Story of a Suicide is an attempt to start a conversation on young people and their struggle with depression. Read more...
I can’t see a young adult not liking the novel. It’s quite short, as novels go. It’s free, digital and adaptive to any device. The narrative is fast-paced and there’s always something going on, because it’s in a multi-story format. If you’re paying attention, it’ll give you something to think about. And there’s enough in there to titillate even if you’re barely paying attention
"One point the author has maintained strictly throughout, is the openness in explaining embarrassing and private matters. Initially, it made me think if this approach is necessary, but I gradually realized that a louder personification is in fact critical in bringing out the seriousness of certain unspoken social subjects. The language, style, narration – the literary aspects were good enough and what actually sweeps is the content; the message that the author wants to put across to youngsters."
"Each chapter of the novel has a set of questions for the reader to brood over. These questions are exercises of introspection and analysis. They are meant not just for those who suffer a heart-break, or are abused. They are also meant for the supposed power-holders of the society - those who wish to judge, discipline and punish others. The relevance of this kind of interrogation is crucial since the way we handle the incidents in our life can make or break us. These questions are meant to evoke a response that can help us handle rejections, promote and practice compassion, and develop an understanding for those who are 'different' from us, but still as human as we are."
The author has very well expressed each problem and emotion. What I loved the most was apart from the story the author has given solutions to the problems youngster faces today. “How do I ” section is a must read section and one should share it maximum
For me, the story was like from something which I initially could not relate to and got confused with the various characters and their dreams but later as it progressed it gripped me completely and drove me to finish reading till the last word. Even so that I read some chapter a couple of times just to comprehend the gravity of the situation that the characters were into. I loved the way how four different stories slowly merged and how each one of them had a different story to tell yet getting all merged to a common tragic end. As mentioned in the beginning I usually don’t like reading e-books but this was something way out of the common league it was something that I surely would recommend to my friends and colleagues and yes lastly would love to see this novel be transformed into a movie script.
"A rainy and not-so-hectic day at work made me start with Sriram Ayer's The Story if a Suicide, since it was trending on social media. What started off as an activity just to pass time soon got me glued to it. Fast paced, short and easy to read, Ayer's novel seamlessly weaves together all the dilemmas faced by youngster today. It presents the harsh reality that youngsters today face. Be it Mani's experience of academic pressure, Sam's hurt ego, Charu's hot headed nature combined with a subtle show of identity crisis, or Hari's sexual exploitation: the novel deals with all kinds of charcters that you are most likely to come across in your daily life. Using the individualities of these characters, Ayer presents a poignant novel that "comes out of the closet," revealing the distress of the technologically advanced world in which we live today. All in all, The Story of a Suicide is a good read, one that is likely to leave an impression on the readers' minds."
“The story is a gripping tale of four people who are trying to fit in their own lives and looking for a direction and a ray of hope. It is interesting how the author manages to knit them together to create a beautiful honeycomb effect maintaining the clarity in the plot while it thickens. The story is short and crisp which is divided into chapters in a felicitous way to reveal only enough to move the plot further yet maintaining the suspense and urge to flip through those pages to unfold the mystery. The writing is compelling and fast paced which makes it apt for an overnight read. If you are too busy to accommodate a novel in your frantic lives, even then you can fit this one in.”
"I am glad that many social dogmas and stigmas attached with issues of LGBT and feminism, evils like sexual harassment of children and substance abuse , influence of gadgets and technology and misuse of social-media networking sites, cyber bullying, spread of depression and suicidal thoughts among youngsters have all been discussed and pondered upon through this story. Also, the illustrations are apt and beautifully done."
“If someone asks me to describe the book, I would simply say UNPUTDOWNABLE! I finished reading the book in one day. I had to get up in between to fulfil my worldly responsibilities and duties else I would have finished it in one go. It was fast paced and gripping! Talking about the cover and visuals, the book had terrific water color illustrations by Ghana which added to the whole story!"
"I personally found the book very interesting and after reviewing it I would give it a 4.5/5. The plot revolves around passion. It is the passion that leads one Lover to cross all limits of Humanity and go to the extent of putting a software in the mobile of the girl he once loved and upload her private moment pics and videos in real time on the Internet just to get his revenge of being rejected by her. Here we see that in spite of good upbringing which parents give, the ego factor is always personal and keeps coming up depending on the individual human nature. On the other side, we see two Boys in love with each other, aware that the society may not accept their relationship, but still ready to live and die for each other."
“The parts that really struck a chord with me are the ones where the characters explain the emotions they go through and the times when it goes unchecked it can just magnify to larger proportions that can't be stopped anymore. I also liked the fact that it is trying to bring out the taboos of the Indian society, speaking openly about it and explain how an individual preference should never be mocked and allowed on his accord to discover life as it comes”
"Full marks to the concept. The illustrations are rich, supporting the content very well. This is not just a book, it is an initiative that will encourage open-mindedness. It will encourage people to be less-judgmental and move towards acceptance.