Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#BookReview: My Dream Man by Aditi Bose

On the jacket:

"I need to write. I need to sit my ass on that chair and write. I haven't written in ages. Actually I haven't written for the past two years. Rather the past one year, ten months and seventeen days." - from My Dream Man  In her debut novel in the romance genre, Aditi Bose has portrayed romance in an altogether new light. Her prose is realistic, candid, sympathetic and romantic - all at the same time. She doesn't miss out on the humorous bits either. My Dream Man is a novel about the female protagonist's inner desires and the challenges that the reality offers.   Ajopa Ganguly is a girl in her twenties who lives with her parents in Delhi. Her life is fine except for one tiny problem. All publishers have rejected the manuscript that she has very painstakingly written. She believes it's more because she is not a known celebrity rather than because the plot is not appealing enough. She is so disturbed by this that she has been baking cupcakes and embroidering handkerchiefs instead these days. This is when Aniket Verma re-enters her life. He is a professor of economics who is well known in his circle. He's twelve years older to Ajopa. They had been good friends till a misunderstanding happened five years back.   What happens when they meet again is what the story is all about.   An honestly written book, My Dream Man, is insightful as it examines how forces beyond our control help us make personal decisions. As Ajopa says, it is all about "deep choosing".


My dream man is a story about a twenty-something girl, Ajopa, who is trying to make her name as an author. Well, actually, just to get her manuscript published. However, the bad news here is that all she is getting is rejection. Disheartened, she is whiling away time, trying to keep her mind occupied when a man, a professor of Economics, and much elder to her, comes back in her life. The she's had a huge crush on him, is not a very reassuring fact for her.

The cover of the book is a little odd, if you read the blurb. While the blurb suggests romance, the cover gives the hint of erotica. Turns out that the book is neither. In fact, the book reads like a personal account out of someone's personal diary. My dream man is an ideal in-flight or short journey read, something you can finish from cover to cover in a couple of hours. The language is simple and the plot doesn't drag or bore you. 

While a new author writing about an author's struggle in getting published and adding a romantic angle to it is quite a nice idea, a good editor might have helped giving the book the right treatment. An average read, which could have been better with crisp editing. The way the book has been written in the style of a struggling author's diary is innovative. Wonder if there were parts which were autobiographical, however, that is best left as a speculation!

Rating: ***/5

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