Social Media. One of the most influencing tool that a person possess these days to share their personal life with their friends or to grow their businesses. And out of all, Facebook is the one that we use the most. No matter how much you hate it, you cannot live without it. Day in day out you log into your Facebook account at least once. There are many other who now have grown out of facebook and have started using other social media tools. But it is still an integral part of any person’s online life.
The Eight FBian Hearts by Harsha Shastry is a story about eight people and their life. And facebook is an integral part of it. These eight strangers meet each other on facebook, some of them looking for company, some to find solace from their real hard life, some to find love and some to just escape social stigmas.
Bhaskar, who lives a monotonous life and who recently got divorced finds Kavya, who suffers from the social stigma of being dark skinned. Vishnu, who gave up his aspirations to be a cricketer, is now working towards his idea of success by being a Marketing Executive, meets Malvi, who has a tendency of getting attracted towards guys who are rich and famous. Sujala, a struggling actress uses facebook to find lead opportunities for good TV shows and movies. But destiny makes her path cross with Pradeep, who is a software engineer and totally opposite of what Sujala is. Sanika, who works as a teacher full time, her part time job is to look for someone who can ignore her physical defect and love her as she is. And she finds Vijay, who is looking for a girl to marry.
The Eight FBians is Harsha Shastry’s first novel. Though with amazing credentials, he still needs to work on his story making and engaging skills. The characters mentioned in the book are honestly bland. They describe humans who have nothing else to do apart from facebooking on a daily basis to find someone to love. This is something which used to happen when facebook was launched in India and people were shifting their accounts from Orkut to facebook. Yes, we have heard many marriages that happened through Facebook but then that was a long time back. In short, if the same book would have been published 6-7 years ago, then it would have been really good for many readers. But for now, this book might have used some more plots and twists and fewer characters. The book is only 150 pages which could have been utilized for a far better story with facebook in the background.
The author has done a commendable job in highlighting few social stigmas like being dark skinned and body shaming and scenarios wherein we have really dealt with fake profiles and networking for work with random strangers. Overall the book is an average read and after 30-50 pages you will be able to guess the climax.