Monday, June 22, 2015

#BookReview: Simple plane love by Priyanka Luthra

On the jacket:

A perfect landing is a mirage, the more you chase it, the more it eludes you…' Meet Captain Meera Khanna. As a first officer on an Aeroflot Aviation plane, with a luxurious apartment in the beautiful city of Manila, she seems to have it all. Flying to exotic destinations, navigating turbulent flights through typhoons and handling engine failure are all in a day's work. Even when a leg injury forces Meera to take time off her busy schedule, she has the perfect solution - an exciting vacation to Subic Bay with her glamorous best friend Diana, aka Dee. And nothing could have been a better idea, what with the unexpected arrival of her childhood friend, the suave Aditya. But when Aditya seems to want more than friendship, it throws Meera off-kilter. Will Meera's perfect life come to an abrupt landing? Or will she find her happily-ever-after? In Simple Plane Love, join Captain Meera on a rollicking adventure, where navigating an aeroplane seems simpler than negotiating the many twists and turns of love.


I had read Luthra before I read her book. I had stumbled some of her short stories even before I knew who she was. And I'd wondered if she is a published author. Surprisingly, she wasn't one back then, but now she is.

Simple Plane Love is a simple story of a simple girl, Captain Meera Khanna. Do you, for even a second believe that a girl who flies fearlessly can be simple and have a simple story. Well, yes and no. Meera is one of us. In fact, there is a Meera in all of us. Bold, yet scared. Sure, yet nervous. Independent, yet a child. An independent girl, Meera lives alone in Manila. The book begins with her last flight before she packs her bags to head back to India. 

Luthra has developed her characters with love and care. It shows. Be it Meera herself, or her mother, her boss or her friends, they are all well-rounded characters. The events seem straight out of a real person's life and nothing seems far fetched. Having said this, I think Luthra can do better. I look forward to even more beautifully sketched stories by the author.

Rating: ****/5

[This is an author request review, however the views are mine and unbiased.]

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