Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: That's The Way We Met by Sudeep Nagarkar

On the jacket:

Can you ever forget your true love?

Aditya and Riya could never imagine life without each other. Since their accidental meeting two years ago, they have been inseparable until an unexpected tragedy promises to change the course of their lives forever. Will their love stand the test of time?

From the intoxicating rush of Mumbai and Delhi to the scenic beauty of Manali, Sudeep Nagarkar will take you on an unforgettable journey through life and love.

There is really not much in this book. A love story, like hundreds other Indian authors are coming up with. Aadi and his girlfriend are very much in love, though not yet ready to tie the knot. The story begins with Aadi not finding Riya to find her in a hospital and being confused how she landed there. The next day he finds her at her home, with not a scratch on her body. Also, Aadi is extremely mushy, using a lot of flowery words in his texts to Riya. Quite a turn off.

When I started reading the book, I assumed the suspense to the why and how of this will be unravelled later in the book. But it seemed, the author had totally forgotten about it. There is a sub-plot of a relationship between Aadi's friend Mohit and Riya's friend Sonam which ends with them getting happily married. Aadi and Riya don't. She leaves him for a richer guy and throughout her actions have been justified, by the characters around Aadi and subsequently, believed to be so by Aadi.

What I liked was how four different cities were covered in the plot and a mix of cultures were imbibed in it. But then, the author was too repetitive in stating that Delhi is not as bad as Mumbaikars think. The two couples travel from Mumbai to Delhi and then Manali. From Manali, they suddenly go to Ahmedabad. This, when the two lead characters earn an average of only 35k a month and Riya is the only earning member in her family. Not very realistic, now, is that?

There are some errors like the chapter where Mohit and Sonam are getting married, it's written that Mohit had found a good partner in Riya. Really? Also, there was usage of phrases like 'time had eloped', and a few spelling mistakes here and there, affecting the reading experience.

Rating: **/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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