Don’t be confused! This is the title of the book which I read at a pace even I am surprised. I have read it 3 times! Well, I am not sure why did I read it 3 times but I did and I think I can read it yet again.
When I first saw the cover of this book, the thought was “yellow yellow dirty fellow sitting on a buffalo”; why that fellow was sitting on buffalo even I am not aware. Yeah! the cover is all yellow and black with a female figure posing in the centre of the cover page. It was not the cover which attracted me to pick this book but the title! It is written by Varsha Dixit, published by Rupa and costs Rupees 95/-. I guess this is an irresistible price for me when it comes to books
This is a story of Nandini & Aditya, a typical Indian Mills & Boons kind of romance; Just that it picks lots and lots of things and cues from our good ol’ Bollywood. The writer seems to be so very much inspired by Bollywood and she is candid to admit so. The story is set in Kanpur. Nandini’s family and Aditya’s family are old family friends. Their friendship starts blossoming after Aditya Sareen’s family comes down to stay next to Nandini’s house, it starts with hate – love relationship. Nandini is like a lassi in a wine glass for Aditya, he wants a girl for himself who has a class and doesn’t wear sneakers with jeans but with the gym track pants! Still he finds her attractive. The story slips into flash back after the first chapter. Sneha is the best friend of Nandini, through their conversation readers get introduced to Aditya. He is the big shot (the typical TDH hero from Mills & Boon but he is fair in this book ;)). So in flashback we get to know that initially the relation began as Tom & Jerry between Aditya and Nandini when they are hell bent to show down each other. I actually enjoyed their verbal repartee. They both realise the love for each other when Aditya is off for 3 months on some project. Due to some misunderstanding they both had to part the ways. And now Aditya Sareen is back with a bang and buys the company in which Nandini works and is hell bent on making her life miserable for breaking his heart. The only thing is that he falls short of stamina when it comes to hurting Nandini but he still tries and to some extent he succeeds too. Meanwhile Nandini suffers like good ol’ movie heroine. After a few twists & turns, they make a peace but they keep out of each other; enters the other woman (side heroine) with whom Aditya is going to marry. Some how like a typical Hindi bollywood fare, our hero realises at the very last (well almost the last moment at the time of announcement of engagement) that he is not sure of his steps and he cannot shake off the past and time spent with Nandini and off he goes in search of answer. And then he is back and readers get to know the mystery of break up, the happy ending Hero meets the heroine and both families are happy
One can finish the book flat in 2 hours if you read continuously. The romance in the book is nothing new but you would still read it because it is like a dream kind of story when you are 16-17 year old. All the chapters are the titles of Hindi movies and ringtones are lifted from the songs :). There is quite a use of our won typical Hindi gaalis (abuses) which we even use in our daily routine (I kind of liked it actually!). All in all it is a typical known story but I suggest to read it as it has a feel good factor about it.At some places it gets humorous too and you wouldn’t want to keep it down, not because it is funny at times but it is like a good old lassi in our ordinary glasses!
Author: Varsha Dixit
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