love story

The Time Traveler’s Wife – my thoughts

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Author – Audrey Niffenegger

Blurb from Goodreads

Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, have known each other since Clare was 6 and Henry was 36, married when Clare 23 and Henry 31. Impossible but true. Because Henry unintentionally jumps in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity, past and future. His experiences can be harrowing or amusing.

My thoughts:

This is one book which had been in my TBR for quite a long time. I was gifted a paperback way back in 2014 but somehow it got pushed behind every time. But then as I always say, better late than never. 🙂 (more…)

In A Feeling Named Love – my thoughts

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Author – D. sathwik

Blurb –

Love – a simple four-letter word has the power to change the destiny of any person. Love is the best thing to happen to us if it is with our Mr. or Miss Right.
I found my Miss Right in Shritha, who changed my life and along with it, my destiny too. I will not claim that I have best love story in the world; but love was definitely the best thing that happened to me, I probably would have never come in front of you as a writer.
This book is a magical journey of love, put through to you, my readers, in a loving way as my life was with Shrita. I hope you enjoy reading about this enchanted part of my life as much as I enjoyed living it and still enjoy reminiscing about.
In A Feeling Named Love is my story, my experiences with love – the best part of my life – put into words.

My thoughts –

What & how do you comment on someone’s true love story, put down into words by one of the lovers? How does one offer opinions on the plot (which has happened for real) & the characters (who are real people)? This is the dilemma I find myself in, while putting down my thoughts on In A Feeling Named Love. (more…)

The Full Moon Bride – my thoughts

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Author – Shobhan Bantwal

Blurb –

What makes a marriage-love or compatibility? Passion or pragmatism? Shobhan Bantwal’s compelling new novel explores the fascinating subject of arranged marriage, as a young Indian-Americanwoman navigates the gulf between desire and tradition…

To Siya Giri, arranged marriages have always seemed absurd. But while her career as an environmental lawyer has flourished, Siya is still a virgin, living with her parents in suburban New Jersey. She wants to be married. And she is finally ready to do the unthinkable…

Siya’s first bridal viewings are as awkward as she anticipated. But then she’s introduced to Roger Vadepalli. Self-possessed, intelligent, and charming, Roger is clearly interested in marriage and seems eager to clinch the deal. Attracted to him in spite of her mistrust, Siya is also drawn into a flirtation with Lou, a widowed colleague who is far from her family’s idea of an acceptable husband.

In choosing between two very different men, Siya must reconcile her burgeoning independence and her conservative background. And she must decide what matters most to her-not just in a husband, but in a family, a culture, and a life…

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The Homing Pigeons – A Review

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Of late, I have been reading Indian authors back to back. And I am wowed, almost by each one of them. The stories they tell are seldom complex but the story telling is what catches my attention. One of my recent read is The Homing Pigeons. Many a times, I pick up books fascinated by its cover. This is one such book and I must say, I judged this book correctly by its cover. This is the debut novel of Sid Bahri. The title and the cover page is what caught my attention at first. And of course, the many book bloggers talking about the book. Most of them had one thing in common to say about the book – it’s a love story, completely different but very relatable. In the words of the author, after all, ‘not all love stories are perfect, but then, neither are people’.

The story leaves you hooked until the end, for it makes you experience love in the most emotional and unconventional way. It tells you that love exists & survives, and not just in “happy ever after” situations but in adversities as well. It tells  the story of such a love which though born was never meant to survive, and though survived was never meant to prosper. But prosper it did, even after years and years of hardships and misfortunes.

This story is of Aditya and RadhikaAditya is a jobless man who lives with his wife in a loveless marriage & in ‘her’ house. After he could not find a job even after 2 years of his restructuring, in order to pay his bills, he finds himself become a gigolo. Radhika is a 32 year old widow who married a man almost twice her age & who has left her a fortune. With each flashback the readers get a glimpse into their real world, their insecurities, their regrets and vulnerabilities. At the beginning it seems that there are 2 parallel stories running but soon it becomes evident that the two are related.

Aditya and Radhika are not the picture perfect couple. They have flaws in their characters and are seen to succumb to situations instead of fighting them. But just like homing pigeons, who come back to their mate, wherever you leave them, both Radhika & Aditya finally find themselves together after battling all hardships of life. On their way forward they learned as well as unlearned lessons of life…… just like any other human being. Destiny plays a strong part in the story.

The myriad of emotions in the story – undying love, guilt, shame, anger, longing & desire……all are portrayed in the characters of Aditya & Radhika, without being apologetic about it. I could relate to many situations and also to the characters, especially Radhika. We women tend to give in many times; we are ready to sacrifice, for the ones we love.  However we seldom think, of its consequences & if that sacrifice is worth doing.

In this book, the author uses the voices of the 2 protagonists to tell the story, giving us two perspective of the same story. The version of both the genders, with their individual psychology, makes them believable. The end of the story was evident but the journey which Sid Bahri takes us through the lives of Aditya & Radhika amidst the various emotions was worth taking. I recommend this book to all those who believe & have faith in love.

Quotes from the book I liked:

We work, in the hope that we will get a raise. We love, in the hope that we will find a soul mate. And we earn, in the hope that we will never have to work again ~ Aditya

It was ironic that she had said what she had. I was immature enough to be in love and yet, mature enough to be married ~ Radhika