Saw an old friend at an event recently and we briefly discussed about this book, Always Forever. I have long wanted to buy it but have been putting if off until I have the time to sit down and read it. I did, however, read the preview at Amazon and already I felt like I was reliving the most private thoughts of the author.
With mostly friends and familiar people playing major characters in the story, I almost felt guilty, like I was peeking at someone's diary. The book's author, Ansh Das though is hardly a stranger. We started communicating through Facebook not long after the time when the story in the book started. As a fellow supporter of gay rights, Ad and I had discussed about writing for a website called globalgam.com then known as sfgam.com.
The book's subject, Mikee, was a constant companion when I used to cover for the Mr Gay World competition here in the Philippines. Mikee died in 2011. He was only 24.
More than a personal tribute, this is a story about love and loss. It is a story about soulmates and a promise that is kept, Always Forever.