This is a book about friends, siblings and many emotions that revolve around relationships. It explores poignant realities that bring in transformation.
A tale that revolves around three characters, Chandani, Sonia and Amrit happens in a quaint town of Majhi Nagar. Jogi, Chandani’s cousin disturbs their peaceful existence by exposing sensitive truths. His arrival marks a turning point in the novel. Chandani is drawn to her handsome cousin Jogi, who in turn falls in love with her best friend. The story is about the realisation that love happens and can be extremely painful.
The title is evocative as butterflies symbolise the journey towards maturity. Ritu Lalit has written the book in a sensitive style that brings out the angst of growing pains of youngsters in a middle-class society. Morality is dealt without being judgmental which not an easy job. Crushes and infatuations are a part of growing up but can be traumatic at that point of time. These four months when the story happens proves to be a period of transition for the characters where they encounter relationship problems and face social and moral issues.
With her sensitive writing, Ritu Lalit makes you think; she makes as she explores relationships, but leaves you at that. The book does not emphasise a way to deal with issues. You are free to have your own views, and that is a great achievement.