Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review: Tick-Tock We're 30 by Milan Vohra

On the jacket:

Interesting, isn't it, how someone is always utterly attractive to someone else? For every male tree frog, there is a female tree frog whose dry skin and warts and bulging eyes are the most divine. And to you, Lara Bagai, a karela is a thing of beauty, Nishad comments. 

So he remembers I love karela. So what? 
I take it your interest in frogs is purely academic? 
I snigger. 
'I promise you I am not in danger of being madly besotted by one anytime soon,' he half-smiles. 

The clock is ticking towards Lara's thirtieth birthday and the whole gang is coming together to celebrate it. Its a pact they made back then to meet when they all finally turned that age. So far, so cool. What isn't cool is the other pact Lara had made one tipsy evening with Nishad. To marry each other if neither of them were hitched by then. 

The last thing Lara wants is to give Nishad the pleasure of knowing he was right about Ranndeep being so wrong for her. Ranndeep, all-male, pro-motor racer whom shed been so sure of at the time. So there was only one thing to do. Lara would have to drum up someone else to pass off as her love interest for now. Enter flamboyant Perzaan, Turkish dude full of surprises. With the reappearance of Ranndeep and the gangs other quirky characters, its a week of audacious hookups and mix-ups. Chances are you'll be guessing right till the end who ends up with whom, if ever. 

The whacky side of India's first M&B author... 

Review:

Easy-flowing, smooth language put together in a sweet story. Tick-Tock We're 30 is a story of love, relationships, friendship, jealousy and the general mish-mash of the lives we lead. The only thing that didn't work for me was to much detailing. Characters were too descriptive and personally, I feel the book didn't have to be 400-pages long. So while the book starts a little slow, it picks up momentum and is quite unputdownable.

Nothing over-the-top, Tick-Tock We're 30 is good for an travel read, or your bedtime read. You might find pages straight out of your life too. Lara's life, her struggles, her friends, her ambitions ~ they are all a part of us, we can all identify with her. When Lara is upset or insecure, as a reader, you would be too. You'd smile, when she smiles.

Rating: 3.5/5

[This review is for Westland/Tranquebar Press. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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