It’s a story that will make you feel delighted! Yeah! At the onset of the review only I must mention this. Three reasons to beg buy or borrow this book – 1) Most of us will connect to the story instantly. 2) It is simple & sweet, you will not be burdened with loads of complexities. 3) Last but I guess not the least – it is a cheap book available! A mere 95 rupees will not burn a big hole in anyone’s pocket. Well, we picked up at a discounted rate under the launch offer scheme.
I am not a big Chetan Bhagat fan but then I have read all his earlier 3 books. I had to redeem my earned points in my Saving Bank Account so I went ahead and ordered “One Night @ Call Centre” and man what a weird feeling I had after reading that. I could not understand what was so great about it! Even till date I don’t understand. May be by the time book had come out, I knew as an observer how the BPOs are. After all I had devoted good 1.5 years as Manager Accounts in a BPO so it was not new to me and I was able to relate to the story yet I was baffled why it was a rage! Then I picked up other two books by him – Five Point Someone & “3 Mistakes of my life”. Both of them were picked more out of curiosity rather than liking and yes his books are really cheaply priced so I never felt the pinch of spending. In fact, I was surprised at the price but then why not. I mean if books are available within a reasonable price reach, one would have more reason to buy and read rather than borrow or buy second hand. Long story cut short, all these 3 books had only one plus point that they were written in simple English. One doesn’t have sit with the dictionary to translate the meanings so they are like simple story books which you can finish at a stretch.
Coming back to the latest one – I will not say it is a master piece but yes the writer has actually evolved from his earlier 3 books. Though many may not agree but this one is the best out of all the four books now available in the market. Story is very simple. I was almost smiling throughout the book. And why not? I had a very very special and specific reason. I am a Pandit Brahmin from North India married to a Tamilian though not Iyers. So it was like a replication of things though neither I nor my hubby is from IIT or IIM. The similarity ends there, this is the reason I said most of us connect to the story immediately. It is a story of a Punjabi Munda (boy) meeting a Tamil Ponnu (girl) in IIMA setup. We will say, what big deal in today’s scenario but then yes a couple of years ago it was for sure a big deal. The story progresses at a reasonable pace. The first phase of the book introduces the lead characters – Krish & Ananya. It begins with how they meet each other. In spite of being in one of the biggest institutions where studies are a priority, they manage to fall in love. People will love these tidbits of life. The second & third phase involves the introduction of families, their dislike of each other, their disapproval of the relationship and how Krish pataofies the Tamil Family. Each chapter is a delight to read and the familiar settings of the places makes it all the more fun to read. The fourth section of the book has the reverse act where Ananya has to ensure that everyone in Krish’s family likes her and how she manages that. The fifth section focuses on the meeting of two families. And the last section concentrates on the end, well yes a Happy End where the boy marries the girl with the approval of both the families and then they live happily ever after.
I cannot say which section of the books is most enjoyable. All sections have their own importance in their own way. The story emphasizes on the family bonding, the togetherness and yes the never ending love in the relationship. The story also dwells upon the relationship of father-son, son-mother, husband-wife, the in-laws, the typical Punjabis born and brought up in Delhi, the staunch Tamil Brahmins. This reminds me of the instance, when I had told about Rajan to my mother, her instant reaction was – a Madrasi! Between, one even finds the touch of the spirituality in the story and a moral teaching on Forgiveness which is beautifully put in by way of interesting relationship between ex-army father and IIMA graduated son. There are some funny incidents picked from day to day life which I am sure each one of has gone through so it is easy to relate.
All said and done – the final word on the book is that it is worth picking up and makes a good read. So, please go and check it out for yourself on the shelves in bright red color.