He Fixed the Match, She Fixed him – Book review

Sneak from the cover

Shreya – I’m a highly qualified Delhi girl earning an enviable salary. My parents are having a tough time finding a suitable groom for me. However, recently they have a proposal from this very interesting guy from Mumbai. I almost get mesmerised when he starts talking to me. I think I like him very much.

Kunal – I’m owner of a textile company in Mumbai. My mom wants me to get married. Again. She has recently suggested a suitable girl from Delhi. What my mom doesn’t know is that I’ve already met Shreya before once in my life and I’ve been looking for her ever since. I have a vendetta to settle.

He fixed the match She fixed him is your typical Bollywood style love story, with a beautiful girl and a handsome boy who are at loggerheads with each other due to some reason. Here, the reason is their past which has some very filmy sequences. To avenge his past, Kunal gets married to Shreya but obviously, they hate each other and keep trying to outdo each other. Eventually, they realize they are not as bad as they try to be and fall in love. And live happily ever after ! <Smirk>

I mean, don’t be disheartened. If you really like cheesy love stories, you should definitely pick it up. And I am not judging you at all. Just that it is not my type. I find the story and sequences all too clichéd. Even though the author has carved out the characters and their families in detail, the plot somehow does not have logic in a lot of places.

Like Shreya is shown to be this ambitious girl who is an MBA, works in a top notch firm earning a handsome salary, but literally marries a guy she has met just once, for 5 minutes. I mean, really? And then, just because it is necessary (for the plot) for Shreya to not see the Kunal’s face at the wedding, she is made to wear her pallu long enough to have covered her eyes during the pheras. And then she eventually uncovers the truth when she sees Kunal in her room on her wedding night. I mean, there is the stage, there is the jaimala, dinner and countless other ceremonies where the girl CAN have a look at the guy’s face on the wedding day. Logic much?

The book moves at a high pace through the first half, and that’s how it keeps you hooked. The second half loosens the pace and there is a lot of technical jargon especially in the sequences where Kunal and Shreya are shown working together. Although it does lend a realistic tone to the scene, I would have preferred this reality in other life’s scenarios as well. The book just drags towards the end, with unnecessary twists to create excitement which end up dragging the story.

I found the book totally average and would rate it 2 on 5.

PS: These are totally my sentiments on the book. Please go ahead and pick a copy if you like this genre.

Wrong Means Right End – Book Review

 

Book: Wrong Means Right End
Author: Varsha Dixit
Publisher: Rupa
Price: Rs. 140

 
If you are a fan of Karan Johar movies, you will love this book. But for someone like me, a hardcore fan of Anurag Kashyap’s gory and twisty cinema, this one was wan’t up to the mark. BUT. That doesn’t mean the book was no good. Its dependent on one’s choices and perspectives.
 
Here’s a summary of the book:

“After a failed marriage, Sneha, a single working mom, has no time, or inclination, for love. She resists every matchmaking attempt made by the overzealous Nandini, married to industrialist Aditya. But then the past intrudes in the form of the gorgeous and rich, Nikhil, who brings along Gayatri to break-up her ex-fiance, Aditya’s marriage. Sneha enlists Nikhil’ s help to salvage the situation. But how does she even talk to a man who clearly loathes her? As Nikhil and Sneha try to grapple with their egos and combustible chemistry, love blossoms.”

 

Like all novels/movies falling in the chick-lit genre, here too, you will find that the male protagonist is a multimillionaire drop dead gorgeous hunk (and not yet 30) and ALWAYS spurned in love (in the past, of course!). The lady is no less than a Charlie’s angel – strong, feisty, making it all alone in a big bad world, and someone who will always be fit and sexy even though she hardly finds time to gym (like most of us office-goers).

The protagonists of the book Sneha and Nikhil are undeniably attracted to each other, and at the same time, they can’t stand the sight of each other due to some past liaisons. Nikhil is a divorcee (AND multimillionaire hunk!) and Sneha, a divorcee with a son (AND a super sexy working woman of the world!). As much as Sneha wants to avoid meeting Nikhil, she is forced to, as he is the only one who can help her in saving her best friend’s Nandini’s (sexy lady!) marriage to Aditya (handsome multimillionaire hunk!). Bright? No?No? May be you should read on..

I did not anything profound or something very interesting in the story. The story moves forward with Sneha and Nikhil’s expected and unexpected meetings, and the author goes as far as writing out their wild fascinations for us. Not once. Not twice. Many times over. Our very chaste good girl and good guy even try making out in the car. Eevrytime I read how Nikhil wanted to sweep Sneha off her feet in an Adam-Eve kind of way and do ermm…things to her, I was transported back to the Mills and Boon days. Frankly, I had expected better!

 
In parts, you do kind of identify with the urban settings and the stress relationships undergo. The characterization of Sneha’s and Nandini’s friendship is nice, but a little over the top! In parts, it did remind me of the Sex and the City girls. They keep going back and forth, helping each other out in tricky situations and even putting themselves on the spot for the other. In the last few chapters, you will find out how eventually Sneha and Nikhil give the book its name – They did use Wrong Means for their friends, but finally everyone got to a Right End!
 
The book has some glaring grammatical and editorial errors which are a huge turn off. Many of the situations and characters are so cliched that you get a feeling of deja vu more than once. Like Nikhil’s ex-wife (uncovered by Sneha) is a drug addict, Sneha’s son suddenly starts calling Nikhil Dad, as opposed to ‘Nik’ and the likes you know.
 

PS: This book is a sequel to the “Right Fit Wrong Shoe” by the same author. May be my verdict would have been different had I read that one. Or maybe not! You will have to figure it out for yourself. As I said before, you may like this book if you are a Chick-Lit genre fan. As for me, just a one-time read. Ideal for an overnight train journey or a 2 hour flight.

 

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It’s your move, Wordfreak!

It’s your move, Wordfreak! is a story of today’s times, where people spend a majority of their waking hours in a virtual world under a fantasy-driven pseudo name. Alisha Menon aka Worddiva and Aryan Rajaram Chawla aka Wordfreak are just that. That is, after their working hours. Alisha is a successful divorce lawyer, while Aryan is an architect who specializes in building eco-friendly homes to reduce the planet’s carbon footprint. Both of them come from broken homes, albeit different circumstances and so have obvious commitment and relationship issues. But the inevitable happens when these two discover each other at an online game of Scrabble. And the rest as they say is history.

The author, Falguni Kothari takes you on a romantic, (sometimes even erotic) journey of the love of two strangers, virtual mates who not only discover their love for each other, but also overcome their commitment phobias and defy all that other people ever thought about them, to be with each other. She spins quite a realistic tale here with Alisha being skeptical about too-good-to-be-true Aryan and his Greek god looks, while Aryan who finally says his “I love you” to the girl he loves, but still cannot bring himself to reveal his traumatic childhood to her.
Diya is Alisha’s best pal and is quite a character too. Being a model, she makes sure that her tomboyish friend is never out of style when she has to meet Aryan or his family. She loves to gossip and discusses every shred of a detail of Aryan’s relationship with her, including their sex life 😉 Then there is Valima, who is Alisha’s maid but doesn’t quite approve of young people dating and getting away on the weekends together! There are various other people in their lives like Alisha’s mom, MT, Alisha’s boss, Aryan’s uncle, grandmother, dad, his second wife and kids, but none as interesting as Diya or Valima, although they do help a lot in taking the story forward.
Alisha’s and Aryan’s courtship is electric from the beginning, what with they being complete strangers and already having a backup plan to dump each other before the first date. They have spent quite a lot of time in knowing each other during the online games, and so once they meet, they relationship moves forward in leaps and bounds. There is a lot sexual tension in the air which the two of them keep denying, until Aryan invites Alisha to spend a weekend with her. Finally, all the suppressed passion comes to the fore and Falguni here brings you the details of their frenzied and wild love making. Quite as much 😛
It’s all going good between them until the skeletons from Aryan’s closet stumble out to haunt him. Alisha still doesn’t have a clue and when Aryan suddenly disappears after a small tiff between them, she thinks that Aryan has decided to dump her. And from there, the book quite turns into a Bollywood story with Alisha going to London and discovering about Aryan’s past. And then like the perfect girlfriend, she helps him to come out from the denial that he is living in, into accepting the truth, and to finally come to peace with his past.
The book is quite fast paced and characters very modern, that everyone can identify with.
But I would have loved to read about some of their witty Scrabble games, from where the love story started. The words “Wordfreak” and “Worddiva” quite bring out the Scrabble-r in me, and would have loved to read about a love story that started a little hatke as opposed to the typical “love at first sight”. The concept was very unique but not quite exploited to its maximum! That’s one place where I, for sure, felt disappointed.
Otherwise, the book is a light hearted fiction that has love, drama, action, tears and lots of passion! Even though I wouldn’t say it’s a must read, but if you like the Chick Lit genre, grab your copy today! A perfect read for a 2-3 hour flight/train journey!

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