Tea for two and a piece of cake by Preeti Shenoy, her third novel is a story of a plain-Jane Nisha and her turmoils in life due to the vagaries of love and marriage relationship.
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Nisha is a 26 year old female working in a travel agency. A plump, girl next door look and of course she has no boyfriend yet.As luck would have it, one fine day she gets a chance to go out with the hottest guy in the office to attend a dinner event in one of the biggest travel parties; lady luck shines again and she ends up spending a night at suave Samir Sharma’s house. He is one of the rising stars in the travel industry.
Due to some turn of events when she loses her present job, she gets into another one as a personal assistant of Samir. Soon, she finds herself drawn more and more towards Samir; being good at her work definitely helps her. Samir also starts liking her and finally they get married.
Marriage marks a turning point in Nisha’s life; being married to a big shot had its own advantages and disadvantages. She had no need to work in office but then she had nowhere to channelize her energy so she joins cookery course much to the dismay of Samir. In eight years of time, two kids later life moved fast forward for Nisha only to be jolted out with a shock that Samir has moved on. He no longer wants her to be a part of his life.
Two kids to support and nowhere to go, Nisha heads back to her old house, leaving the mansion of her husband. As she and the kids get adjusted to the new routine, Akash, an old friend of Nisha from her first job enters their lives. Soon her life starts taking a new turn under the firm but kind guidance of Akash; thoug he is younger to Nisha, yet a matured man to take care of things. In middle of all this, her neighbor Mrs.Billimoria pitches in with her tea and cakes to watch over her kids when she goes out and delivers food. Yes, her old culinary skills came to her rescue at this time. She starts her own catering business and amidst all these starts discovering a new life, a new Nisha. She realizes that she loves Akash and so does Akash.
The topsy-turvy narration of the story and the way each events unfolds layer by layer would definitely appeal the readers. Nisha moves to the new city with Akash but whether they tie up the knot or not? Well, I will leave that for you to find out.
The plot is compelling and Preeti has managed to weave a story like a maze and makes you glued to the book till the end. The emotions of the characters are well described and beautifully written down. Many of us might be like the plain Nisha in the beginning and over a period of time, many of us will come out with flying colors in life and learn to move on. I believe, this is a story of almost every second Nisha in our streets, in our offices, in our relations!
Tea for two and a piece of cake by Preeti Shenoy is a simple story, written for simpletons like me and probably you too. Do read it, makes a goozd time pass.
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