Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Review: Law of Averages: A Hilarious Love Story-Filmi Ishtyle by Kshitish Padhy

On the jacket:

Ritwik is your average boy next door, struggling to make it as a scriptwriter in the Comics industry and his love story will take you through a rollercoaster ride, full of thrill and adventure, mishaps and most unexpected twists and turns. 

Ritwik's amazing love story starts with a drab bus journey from Meerut to Delhi, until he meets Shubhangi and falls head over heels in love. Determined to marry Shubhangi, Ritwik goes all out to impress his prospective father-in-law, but only ends up messing his personal and professional life. Will he win the biggest gamble of his life by risking his career and embarking on a wild goose chase simply to appease the eccentric professor? With the odds stacked against him, Ritwik, a born loser is hoping for the Law of Averages to finally catch up with him.

Get set to enjoy this romantic, funny, whimsical and outrightly crazy journey undertaken by Ritwik to win the love of his life!

Review:

A book with a very interesting cover, Law of Averages is all that your mind can conjure up when you glance at it's cover. In a plot where one of the protagonists is not an IIT/IIM pass out or working in advertising/tv channels etc, Ritwik with his struggling career in the comics industry is a breath of fresh air. An average guy who doesn't even have luck on his side, most of the times, he embarks on a journey to Meerut for a new life and career. 

The plot takes a usual turn where Ritwik meets Shubhangi while on his trip back to Delhi and cupid strikes. Alongside runs a parallel story of Ritwik's friend Sushant and his lady love, Arpita. 

The plot definitely is filmy, as the tag line on the cover suggests. If you have grown up reading Raj comics, then you will fondly remember the various characters from the books, once you have read this story. The narrative is casual and easily identifiable for new readers as well. References to characters from Raj comics keep cropping up from time to time, to keep the reader nostalgic.

Editing could have been a bit tighter, but overall a decent, light, and funny travel read which will not let you get bored.

Rating: ***.5/5

[This review is for Paper Clip Books. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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