Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Review: The Obscure Logic of Heart by Priya Basil

On the jacket

In a bustling London café, Anil, now a famous architect, sits waiting for Lina. It is years since he last laid eyes on her, the love of his life. 

Lina is running for the train – punctuality has never been her strength. After all this time she cannot be late to meet Anil. 
Together, they think back to tragedies both personal and political, betrayals large and small. A past played out across three continents that house their rival worlds: Sikh and Muslim, wealthy and modest, liberal and orthodox, corrupt and moral.... 
Lina has one more revelation that must be shared with Anil. Might it unite them once and for all, or has it come too late?

My review
I had heard a lot about Priya Basil's books, but this was the first I read. I cannot say I was disappointed. In fact, I was spellbound.

The plot of The Obscure Logic Of The Heart is simple, but Basil has spun the story wonderfully. A love story between Lina Merali, a Muslim and Anil Mayur, a Hindu, Basil talks about their journey together, of how they fight the odds. 
The description of the days when Anil first saw Lina, noticed the smallest thing about her, and fell in love with the girl he saw, is beautiful. 

Anil's family is supportive, but Lina's family isn't. So, she deceives them and continues her relationship with Anil. The point where Lina begs her father to accept her relationship with Anil, he confesses his reasons of not being able to. That's a very touching description and totally stands apart.

The story, as I said, is simple - boy meets girl, falls in love, families don't agree. A lot of us have lived this life! But like all our stories is special, so is this one - what makes it special is the way it's been weaved. At the end of the day, it's all about choices we make. Anil and Lina were on the same crossroads.

I don't want this to be a spoiler, but it's not just love story that you'l read in here - there is more to it!

My rating: 4/5

[This book was reviewed for Random House IndiaThe opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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