Best Indian Romantic Books
The young hero of Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States is actually a non-hero; a Punjabi geek named Krish and the heroine is a confident, intelligent, middle-class South Indian beauty, Ananya. Krish and Ananya were strangers to each other and the only common concern among them was that, they were Indians admitted to Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A).
Both came from vastly different cultures and lifestyles cultivated by different up-bringing styles of 2 states, located in the opposite corners of India. Krish was an easy going but a studious Punjabi boy and Ananya was a self restrained and industrious Tamilian Brahmin. In the course of their study, love blossomed. Two ambitious and young adults fell for each other overlooking their mutual differences. It is partly the story of author Chetan Bhagat and his wife, retold by the former in a very easy and friendly writing style.
But getting together amidst the largely conservative and self-centred, sub-cultures in India is nearly impossible, as these two modern day love birds were to soon find out! Chetan Bhagat had written 2 States as an account of his journey through a post graduate course, while finding the love of his life. 2 States has redefined reading habits, especially in the small town and aspirational Indian young crowd. Some people read Chetan Bhagat because he has provided the leverage to be a part of the English band-wagon, a sign of being upwardly mobile for ordinary Indians. There are emotional outrages, past issues, family concerns, wishes and desires of many combined into a short and sweet romantic story.
Some read Chetan Bhagat simply out of curiosity and there are still others who read fiction like, 2 States, to simply mock or criticize the ‘dumbed-down’ English. Whatever the cause, the result was and is a phenomenal readership. 2 States has become a benchmark for many aspiring and wannabe writers, who want to create a common Indian fiction on the lines of Chetan Bhagat. The average millions have given a big thumbs up to 2 States and hence Chetan Bhagat.
Interesting facts about author Chetan Bhagat:
You love him or hate him, but one fact will always remain true no matter what! Chetan Bhagat has made the ordinary Indian stand up and take notice of their regular lives with a very different perspective. Never before has small town youth in contemporary India been taken over by a book and seen it celebrated on such a large scale. This was all courtesy Chetan Bhagat.
He completed his education from top educational institutes in India. In the process, he met his would-be-wife and both had a great career as investment bankers, abroad. But Chetan Bhagat found his calling in writing. He left his job in Hong Kong and moved back to India to focus on writing. He may not be an acclaimed writer as are many Indians in the glorious traditions of English language literature, but Chetan Bhagat certainly has touched millions of lives with 6 record selling titles till date.
Did you know?
Chetan Bhagat was the ‘Best Outgoing Student’ of IIM-A. He was able to garner this honour and a life-partner during his two year course. Big achievement one must say!
|Book title||2 States|
|Genre||Romance, Comedy, Semi-Fiction|
|Publisher(s)||Rupa Publications India|
|No. of pages||269|
I Too Had a Love Story
Ravin, a young lad working in Bhubaneswar city, is the hero of I Too Had a Love Story. After a reunion of his engineering college friends, he is taken over by the idea to meet his future partner online. He registers himself at a matrimonial site, Shaadi.com, one of India’s premier dating web portals and eventually comes across Khushi. Ravinder Singh’s girl lead is a Punjabi girl, living in Delhi.
His love story continues to the point where families, his and Khushi’s, have arranged for them to be engaged. But then tragedy strikes and strikes hard! I Too Had a Love Story is a novel about all that happens during the making and destruction of a love story. For an average life, finding true love is the single greatest source of joy and on losing it, the same relation is the single biggest sorrow. Ravinder Singh is very subtle and simple in the text. But it touches all the right chords and draws readers, especially young people, into a very sensitive story.
I Too Had a Love Story, maintains great interest in it among the romantic fiction lovers. Ravinder Singh’s first novel has gathered tremendous following for its forceful evocation of human emotions. It also happens to be the story of his life and may be that is why, he was able to create magic in his narrative. Romantic novel writing by Indian writers simply got more interesting with the addition of I Too Had a Love Story.
Interesting facts about author Ravinder Singh:
Ravinder Singh is a writer-by-chance who went on to become writer-by-choice. His grief had found a means to escape his system through writing and then there was no looking back for him. Narayana Murthy, the Chairman Emeritus of Infosys, described, I Too Had A Love Story as, “Simple, Honest and Touching.”
Ravinder Singh was born in a Sikh family in Kolkata. He was working in Bhubaneswar, when love struck him. It proved to be a life-changing experience for him in both a good and bad way. He suffered a personal loss but without losing hope turned his despair into the art of writing.
Did you know?
A girl who read, I Too Had a Love Story, called Ravinder Singh after reading the book and cried because she was overwhelmed by the story. She sent him as many as 20 mails after reading the book!
|Book title||I Too Had A Love Story|
|Genre||Romance, Tragedy, Fiction|
|Publisher(s)||Shristi Publishers, (Reprinted by Penguin India in 2012)|
|No. of pages||199|
If It’s Not Forever It’s Not Love
Clever wordplay and a very unusual story line begin, If It’s Not Forever It’s Not Love with a blast. Quite literally! Deb survives a bomb blast, which took place in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk neighbourhood. He is the hero linking two stories, within the big story. Each of these stories is written by Durjoy Dutta and Nikita Singh though, who wrote what, is left to the reader’s imagination.
After managing to survive the blast, Deb is in a state of shock, remorse and rethinking the entire fateful incident. He finds a bruised diary at the blast site, written by a man, who, according to Deb, must have died in the blast. Deb is overcome by his curiosity and decides to glance through the diary. He is saddened to note of the man’s deep love for a woman expressed in the pages of the diary. Durjoy Dutta and Nikita Singh’s writing alternates between Deb’s story and the diary’s story to create a very interesting brand of romance fiction.
Further, Deb cannot stand to see the diary owner’s (RD as initialled in it) life lost for nothing. He decides to locate the girl of the dead man’s dreams, by the information in the dairy and hand over her the diary of her true lover. In his quest for finding the girl, his girlfriend Avantika, best friend Shrey and his girl friend accompany him mostly because of their personal concerns. The four characters and RD’s life form the fiction described aptly as, If It’s Not Forever It’s Not Love. There are instances from Deb’s and RD’s life which are revealed page after page in very creatively carved out details.
Interesting facts about authors Durjoy Dutta and Nikita Singh:
Durjoy Dutta completed his graduation in engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and two management degrees from Gurgaon and Germany respectively. But he found his passion in writing and became a full time writer after quitting his job in 2011. He also started a publishing house called Grapevine. Today, he is a one of the few extremely popular Indian writers’ in the romance fiction genre.
Nikita Singh had relatively average schooling years. She graduated in pharmacy from Indore but just like Durjoy Dutta, Nikita too found writing to be her first love. She has penned a couple of other best-sellers and stands tall among the Indian fiction writers of the new generation.
Did you know?
Nikita Singh used to follow Durjoy Dutta on Facebook for quite a long time before he finally took notice of her. Their collaboration in writing began way after that and the rest of their story is out in the public domain.
|Book title||If It's Not Forever It's Not Love|
|Author(s)||Durjoy Dutta & Nikita Singh|
|Genre||Romance, Tragedy, Fiction|
|No. of pages||248|
Can Love Happen Twice?
Can Love Happen Twice is yet another touchy account of how Ravin fails at love yet again! This book is written as a follow up to I Too Had a Love Story, by Ravinder Singh. This time he is out in the world and trying the impossible; to get over his first love.
The story begins with the miserable Ravin and his friends being invited for a live chat on a popular radio station. But Ravin fails to show up! Caught off guard, the friends try to manage the talk by describing the unfinished agenda of Ravin’s book. Meanwhile the listeners are all eager to know, Can Love Happen Twice? Did the shattered hero find enough love and courage to undergo the extremely intimate and delicate feeling of love with someone else?
This time the hero lands up in Belgium, where he comes across Simran, an intelligent beauty from back home. She is a student there and with absolutely no deliberate intention, Ravin is falling for her ways. Both have many things in common and their enjoyable mutual company grows into a serious relation.
Can Love Happen Twice? proves that every relationship is unique and requires special nurturing by the people involved. This nourishment has to be independent of personal issues from the past. Ravinder Singh’s hero finds out, that just as it is possible to love again and be happy there is also a good chance that one might find sorrow again!
Ravinder Singh has toyed with his idea of the heart broken hero, a representation of his real self, in a sequel novel. The first book was extremely well-received and, ‘Can Love Happen Twice?’ was now also a question, ‘Can a story sequel be a hit twice’? The reception proves it was a big hit again.
Interesting facts about author Ravinder Singh:
Ravinder Singh’s childhood was spent at various locations. He was born in Kolkata, completed his schooling in Sambalpur and his bachelor’s in engineering from Karnataka. Later, he moved to Bhubaneswar for job and also did a management course from Hyderabad. The diversity of the landscape perhaps made him sensitive to the environment, a fact he beautifully demonstrates in his writing.
Did you know?
A writer by accident, Ravinder Singh had not read a single book before he himself wrote one! Who would have imagined that a first time writer would become so successful without having been a reader?
|Book title||Can Love Happen Twice?|
|No. of pages||216|
Accidentally In Love
Chhavi is an adventurous young girl working as a model in a big city. She works in small ads and gets a lot of praise for her poise and beauty, which keeps her strong and confident. She has a friend, called Vatsala who is relatively an unhurried and balanced girl. Vatsala is in a relationship with a boy called Ankit. Nikita Singh’s story leads Chhavi to one drunken night when she sleeps with a photographer named Tushar. The next morning they wake up with the details of the previous night very hazy in their memory.
To the reader’s surprise both Chhavi and Tushar realize the ‘open-ended’ experience of their encounter and decide to get physical often without actually getting into a serious relationship. But this arrangement takes a dramatic turn when both of them develop real feelings towards each other. Meanwhile, Vatsala, who is happy with Ankit, starts having second thoughts about her relationship and is thinking of getting back with her first boy friend. Nikita Singh deals with both the good and the bad aspects of modern romance in, Accidentally in Love.
In fact, Accidentally in Love, is a sincere attempt by Nikita Singh to bring forth the confusing landscape of modern relationships. She has done some really praise worthy writing considering the fact that she was only around 20 years old when this novel was out in the public.
There seem to be mixed reactions to the book but what one cannot ignore is the popularity of the subject in Accidently in Love.
Interesting facts about author Nikita Singh
Nikita Singh is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in creative writing from The New School, New York. But she was already a best-selling author back home in India, by the time she had enrolled. Her books attract young readers, especially, those living in the transitional India, the small and upcoming city crowd.
Nikita Singh was born in Patna, Bihar, did her schooling from Ranchi and her graduation in Pharmacy from Indore. Considering her popularity in novel writing, it is safe to say that Nikita Singh has come a long way. She is really a strong-willed person to come from a relatively backward region of India and carve out a space for herself in a male bastion. To her credit, she took up her passion seriously at a very young a
Did you know?
Nikita Singh has appeared many times on Ted talks and has given a few inspirational talks.
|Book title||Accidentally In Love|
|Publisher(s)||Grapevine India Publishers|
|No. of pages||240|
Few Things Left Unsaid
Few Things Left Unsaid actually sums up the essence of this novel by Sudeep Nagarkar. Aditya is a young college lad who falls for a girl Riya. They met as most boys meet girls in a typical Indian college; through common friends.
From the time this love blossomed, there are many events and words which could be aptly summarized as Few Things Left Unsaid. This is because; Sudeep Nagarkar doesn’t let anything work according to a conventional plot in his novel. Aditya and Riya’s relationship is a see-saw of make-ups and break-ups. Whenever the story gets to a point where the reader thinks pre-thinks of a conclusion there is a twist to the tale.
Few Things Left Unsaid is a series of ups and downs in the life of Aditya and Riya, except, Sudeep Nagarkar adds a little more than usual twists and turns to their relationship. The formula seems to have worked since a lot of readers want to read the book out of curiosity which only increases with each passing line. Therefore, as expected, the end is indeed much unexpected!
Interesting facts about author Sudeep Nagarkar
Sudeep Nagarkar was born in a middle-class family in Mumbai and like many other aspirational children of his class, had convent schooling, an engineering graduation and a management degree. Life, for Sudeep was on the often taken path.
He had a habit of maintaining a diary of daily events or event s that inspired him. One of his friends came across this diary and forced him to write a book based on it.
Thus was born, Few Things Left Unsaid, the first book by Sudeep Nagarkar. It was never meant to be written but things changed after a tremendous reception for his book. Thus began the writing career of yet another popular Indian novelist, Sudeep Nagarkar.
Did you know?
Sudeep Nagarkar won the 2013 Youth Achievers’ Award for being one of the best selling romantic fiction novelists.
|Book title||Few Things Left Unsaid|
|Publisher(s)||Random House India|
|No. of pages||298|
I Am Heartless: A Real Confession
College romance seems to capture the attention of young readers. The hero of this best-seller is Viren, who appears to be one among the millions of hopeful Indian youths longing for the love of his life. He falls for Rashi, his best friend Manasi’s friend without realizing that Manasi had feelings for him already. Rashi enjoys Viren’s company and this is where Vinit Bansal makes his story more interesting. I Am Heartless: A Real Confession is the story of Viren’s rise and fall in love.
There is almost always a couple in every college of India, where a boy deeply or secretly loves one of his friends, who is just his classmate and an acquaintance. But the girl in concern is not at all in the same place as the guy. All hell breaks loose, when Viren is shaken awake by the fact that Rashi only thinks of him as a good friend. A good friend, nothing more! Vinit Banal creates his romance fiction around a well observed phenomenon across campuses in the country. This may have created such a large readership for I Am Heartless: A Real Confession.
The story shows how an eternal lover turns into a self-destructive freak. Through I Am Heartless: A Real Confession, Vinit Bansal demonstrates the power of love to maintain sanity and hope in an individual while also highlighting the ill effects of being a hopeless romantic. Love can be seen as a crush, infatuation or simply good nature depending on individual perception. Problems arise when the perceptions of people in a relationship don’t match.
Interesting facts about the author Vinit K. Bansal
Vinit Bansal knows what exactly the young readers want, which is, to see their love stories in popular literature. They want to easily relate with the characters in the book. He does exactly that.
I Am Heartless: A Real Confession was written as a part of his personal life experiences. Vinit Bansal works in Delhi with SBI bank but maintains his love for writing whatever his heart feels without caring for any judgement.
He manages to keep his passion alive while managing his regular work responsibilities. He had won many awards in his school and college days for writing poems and articles. He had the courage to sustain his writing interest along with his work. This initiative has certainly paid of really well for Vinit Bansal, a process which began with his first book, I Am Heartless: A Real Confession.
Did you know?
‘Vo Chali Gayi’, the Hindi language version of I Am Heartless: A Real Confession is equally successful in sales, especially in the tier 2 and tier 3 places in India.
|Book title||I Am Heartless: A Real Confession|
|Author(s)||Vinit K. Bansal|
|No. of pages||186|
I Loved a Street Woman
Captain Aviral retired from the army because of war injuries. Yashika, his close friend helps him see through a painful recovery and he starts a travel agency. You might think that this might be the love story formed by Nitin Khare. But hold on! Love knows no reason, requires approval from both the romantics and happens in the most unlikely circumstances. But sometimes mere consent and freedom of action is not enough for love as proven in, I Loved a Street Woman.
Captain Aviral volunteers to accompany his new customer, Umrao, around four unusual sites for a customer like her. She was a mystery, just like the old sites and curious scenes; they come across in their travels. The curiosity for discovering new sites develops into exploring the curiosity for each other and there was a definitely a spark between the Captain and Umrao. But Nitin Vinay Khare lays out a combination of self-doubts, guilt and surprise in the way of this love. I Loved a Street Woman, is the Captain Aviral’s take on the mysterious attraction for a woman, who has a dark side to her life, is fascinating and deeply involving for readers.
Love happens in the most unlikely situation, between two people who were vastly different in their lifestyles but only brought together by a coincidence. Umrao goes practically ‘underground’ after the trip and Aviral soon finds out that she belongs to the streets of desire and temptation, not love. Nitin Khare spins a mysterious love and proves in, I Loved a Street Woman, that it knows no boundaries.
Interesting facts about the author Nitin Vinay Khare
Nitin Vinay Khare prefers the wanderer’s life. He moves from one place to other in search for his next stimulating experience which can take the form of a book, a painting or a mural. He is a creative person from the town of Panna which is more famous for its wildlife. The idea of the romantic fiction, I Loved a Street Woman, was born on one such travel.
Nitin Vinay Khare studies in Sainik School and did his post graduation in management. Since he belonged to a lower middle class family, his upbringing was on traditional lines where earning a living was a primary concern. But Nitin always followed his heart, no matter the path and found his love in paintings and books.
Did you know?
Nitin Vinay Khare’s personal blog contains poems and articles in Hindi language.
|Book title||I Loved a Street Woman|
|Author(s)||Nitin Vinay Khare|
|No. of pages||160|
Law of Averages
There is great fun in knowing the story of the ‘boy next door’. This boy, Ritwik, is trying hard to make a mark in the Comics world and falls in love in the most unusual style. Kshitish Padhy writes a dreamy story on debut. Law of Averages is an excellent and light-hearted account of the love of an average Indian.
Ritwik’s love or crazy love begins on a bus journey from Meerut to Delhi. He comes across Shubhangi, the heroine of Kshitish Padhy’s love story. Law of Averages is funny, engrossing and an excellent read for a casual weekend. It further details Ritwik’s efforts to woo his girl and her family, especially her father. He has to manage all his convincing along with a crumbling personal and professional life. But with sincere efforts, he is hoping against hope that the Law of Averages works in his favour this time and turn over his miserable fortunes.
Kshithish Padhy’s first book’s cover itself will define what is in store for a prospective reader. It may not be a great literary work but it works magic to catch the attention of an average reader looking to amuse himself or herself by catchy and fun filled text. The characters in the book have been hilariously described by Kshitish because he has written these characters based on real people around him. Law of Averages is a semi-autobiographical work, where author’s real life experiences have made him stretch his imagination into funny romance fiction.
Interesting facts about the author Kshitish Padhy
As can be seen or guessed from his brand of writing, Kshitish Padhy is associated with the world of comics. He started work as a translator with Raj Comics. Many of the popular comic icons in India like Nagraj, Bhokal and Dhruv were lent a scripting hand by Kshitish Padhy. The interesting thing is that Kshitish had stumbled into the world of comics due to a happy accident.
The writing of Law of Averages gained momentum when Raj Comics decided to open an English novel division but the project was delayed by almost a year. Therefore, there was quite a frustrating break before Kshitish Padhy could taste success.
Did you know?
The odd nature of Ritwik’s father-in-law from the book is actually based on the father-in-law of one of Kshitish Padhy’s best friend. But in the interest of everybody, the identity of this friend is secret!
|Book title||Law of Averages|
|Publisher(s)||Raja Pocket Book|
|No. of pages||256|
The Thing Between U and Me …when life goes filmy
Saransh and Samvedna are two beautiful people who fall in love in the simplest of circumstances. They make the reader believe in true love because, Thing Between U and Me is not simply about the two lovers. It is about the universal nature of love, between any two average human beings, romanticised by author, Sagar Sahu.
Everybody is looking for happiness in their life and each one of us has a different idea of what constitutes happiness. Sagar Sahu, through Saransh and Samvedna makes us believe that happiness might be just around the corner and can be found in a simple love and care. Saransh is an ambitious lad who craves to make it big through a masters degree in management. He is relatively well-off than most other people of his age. Samvedna is a gentle natured south Indian girl or humility personified. The Thing Between U and Me, is a kind of explanation of the unconditional love she has for Saransh, which she rates above every other endeavour.
She meets Saransh at a railway station, where love blossoms. However, just like every love story there are issues with this story too. Saransh is ambitious and is ready to sacrifice his love at the altar of success. Sagar Sahu beautifully guides the narrative of Thing Between U and Me, to a very interesting end. Reading this romantic fiction makes one realize the beauty in everyday life and the most common of virtues which we take for granted. It makes us believe in the power of simplicity, sincerity and honesty in all our tasks, but more so in our relationships. Thing Between U and Me is definitely one of the best romance fiction books to hit the stands.
Interesting facts about the author Sagar Sahu:
Sagar Sahu hails from village Kansabel, Chhattisgarh, in the deep interiors of India. He completed his schooling and a commerce degree from Bilaspur and Gwalior respectively, which is how an average Indian middle-class person goes about his life. But his experiences in daily life shaped made him express and created prose out of ordinary yet interesting experiences.
He was one of the many dreamy youngsters who liked movies and daily adventures.
But what set Sagar Sahu apart from the vast majority, was his will to pen down his thoughts and create story. Thing Between U and Me was in many ways an expression of all his experiences combining in fiction.
Did you know?
Sagar Sahu’s keen interest in the film world and the eventful turn of events in his experience gave him the larger than life feeling, which resulted in Thing Between U and Me.
|Book title||Thing Between U and Me|
|No. of pages||215|
Te Amo… I Love You
Te Amo… I Love You is truly for lovers who want each other despite all the obstacles and problems. Rohit Sharma has written a book worthy of a typical Bollywood film! It is a cross-cultural love story where a boy meets a rich girl, love happens, difficulty arises, and hero fights all issues and rescues his damsel in distress to live happily ever after. But before one judges the book it is important to say that the simplicity of the text, makes Te Amo… I Love You, Rohit Sharma’s work very interesting.
Aryan is a painter in London city and one fine day out on the streets he is asked for a lift by a Spanish beauty, Isabella. Aryan is bowled over by Isabella in their first ever encounter and to his delight she reciprocates his feelings with equally dedicated love. Rohit Sharma keeps his text simple but introduces a wonderful story telling ability that keeps one glued to the book.
But Isabella is a rich Spanish man’s lady, who has already decided that his daughter must marry Ethan, a rude but powerful Spaniard. Isabella and Aryan land in Spain to convince her father, who eventually agrees. But Ethan is not so kind and takes up the self-decided challenge of breaking this love using all his might. Te Amo… I Love You by Rohit Sharma is the story of the fight of Aryan’s fight to defy all odds and win his love.
The writing is easy and filled with great description of Spanish life which shows a lot of work on the detailing by Rohit Sharma. Te Amo… I Love You by Rohit Sharma is a well-written romance fiction by a first time writer, considering the involving story and careful details of the story.
Interesting facts about author Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma was born in Amritsar but grew up in Faridabad, a satellite town close to Delhi. He was a brilliant student who won various laurels in college. He maintained his love for writing even after a tedious job with big firms. Presently, he is based in London but his debut novel is influenced by his experiences of different cultures which include British, Spanish and Indian. Rohit Sharma is a big fan of the Barcelona Football Club and hence of the Spain in general. This love for Spain inspired him to include the country along with Britain as the backdrop of Te Amo I Love You. The book was released in 2009, after a lot of research on the Spanish culture.
Did you know?
Rohit Sharma is a multi-talented personality. He has various hobbies like cooking, sketching, painting, dancing, driving, reading and writing. All of these interests form a part of Te Amo I Love You, in some form.
|Book title||Te Amo... I Love You|
|No. of pages||312|
14th FEB: A Love Story
14th Feb: A Love Story is the first attempt of Veena C to create a story with the most universal theme of all; love. Sanjay, from Chennai is the boy- hero of the story who goes through a major heartbreak on his way to manhood. Since, he was from a middle-class family, Sanjay had the same goals what every average middle-class Indian child is expected to have in life: hard work which will eventually lead to a good career.
Veena C paints her hero in the most sensitive way. He is unaware of his inclination to find true love in the form of a girl. He gets through to the best of the institutions and lands a great job in USA. After, more or less, meeting his career goals he seeks for love and companionship and finds the same in the form of Shreya. The IIT engineer in 14th Feb: A Love Story, had finally achieved true love he always wanted, or so he thinks. In a cruel twist of fate, she leaves him after which Sanjay is left devastated.
The engineer with high profile and a stable life is suddenly less efficient and cannot focus on his work. He decides to come back to his home town. But, once back home, the people around are as critical of Sanjay and his conduct as proud they were of his achievements when he left for America. But he learns to move on with life as Veena C’s, 14th Feb: A Love Story is a book about reaffirming one’s faith in love and life.
Interesting facts about author Veena C
Veena C completed her graduation in Economics from the University of Chennai. 14th Feb: A Love Story is her first novel. She had a memorable childhood in Chennai city which forms a big part of her imagination and hence her first prose. Earlier, she used to only compose poems but she decided to write a book while she was pregnant with her son Aryan. The child was an inspiration for her to do something different and she completed the book in six months.
Apart from writing and reading, Veena C likes to listen to melodious music. Currently, she lives in Mumbai city which she plans to include as a backdrop to her forthcoming book.
Did you know?
The character Sanjay, his memories and experiences in Chennai is actually part of the real life experiences of author Veena C.
|Book title||14th Feb: A Love Story|
|No. of pages||106|
The Second Coming
The Second Coming is a funny but an eye-opening account of true love. Shubha Menon talks to the reader through her prose. Mrinalini Mehta or Mini is a wedding planner, who designs perfect settings for two souls who decide to start a dream life together. In the process of planning, she wants to have one such perfect love to complete her fairy tale dreams. The only issue is that she is already married!
Shubha Menon presents a very detailed life in the form of Mini. Simply put, The Second Coming is the story of all that goes on in Mini’s mind and how her reality is shaped by her thought process. Mini, who works in Delhi, gets a new assignment in Mumbai where she meets an attractive man from her firm’s Mumbai office, Rustom. She compares her routine and unglamorous life with her husband, Shyam to the one she could possibly have with the stylish womaniser, Rustom.
Things take an adventurous turn in The Second Coming, when Mini starts dating Rustom. This part is very amusingly written by Shubha Menon and she deserves all the praise for making a very readable romantic fiction. But as the book moves towards the end, Mini is about to learn some valuable life lessons. An Indian romantic fiction enthusiast will find The Second Coming entertaining, with a lesson in creating and maintaining a good relationship.
Interesting facts about author Shubha Menon
The Second Coming is Shubha Menon’s first book. She lives in Delhi with her husband, daughter and dachshunds which she likes very much. She has put in her best efforts to work this novel since she had to juggle time between home, her job at an advertising agency and writing. Her other interests include attending workshops for lessons on writing, film appreciation, thumri singing and charkha healing.
Shubha Menon is a woman with varied interests. She is also fond of babies, qawwalis, flowers and shoes; a fact which might have a lot to do with the book’s story. She also credits these pursuits for helping her in writing, The Second Coming.
Did you know?
Shubha Menon is a Buddhism follower. She retreated to various places around her home town Delhi, to focus exclusively on writing, The Second Coming. These peaceful locations were Mashobra, Jim Corbett National Park and Writer’s Hill, Himachal Pradesh.
|Book title||The Second Coming|
|Genre||Romance Fiction, Humour|
|No. of pages||150|
Mistress of Honour
Potnis meets Pansy in a very unusual setting; during a bloody operation in India’s history called Operation Blue Star. Bhaavna Arora makes one cling on to Mistress of Honour, in the hope of a predictable yet a very enjoyable book. Pansy has lost her parents and it is Potnis, one of the brave army officers rescues her from danger. Very soon, they fall for each other and create their own secure and safe reality away from battles.
But, destiny has strangeness written all over their lives. They are blessed with a girl whom they call Rihanna. Rihanna grows up into a pretty young lady and creates the second armed forces love story in Mistress of Honour. Just like her Mom and Dad, Rihanna falls for Advik, a nasty youth from the Indian Air Force. Now, as Bhaavna Arora creates love she adds dilemma of priorities. As it turns out Advik’s first love is his supreme duty towards the nation and Rihanna is only a close second.
Rihanna seems to take it in stride, but not until the relationship has travelled some course. Advik is madly in love with Rihanna and she with him, as Bhaavna Arora characterizes them. But the ‘Mistress of Honour’ seems to be the country for Advik. There is passion, undisputed love, patriotism of the highest degree, heartbreak and a great story in the pages of this romantic fiction. ‘Mistress of Honour’ is definitely a great book to read in one quick and long session or a couple of days.
Interesting facts about author Bhaavna Arora
Bhaavna Arora is has two post graduate degrees, MBA in Human Resource and Marketing. She went on to become an associate professor and later the Director of a reputed management school in Bangalore. Mistress of Honour is her second book and one which received lot of appreciation.
Bhaavna Arora is a multi-talented personality with multiple interests. Apart from reading and writing she enjoys watching movies and has travelled extensively around the world. She had been athlete and had represented her district in swimming and basketball. She quit the prestigious Director’s post of a B-school to pursue her love for writing, full-time.
Did you know?
Bhaavna Sharma is a philanthropic person and has been sponsoring a youngster’s education. She researched deeply to include two famous battles of Indian Armed Forces, Operation Blue Star and Kargil War, as the settings for Mistress of Honour.
|Book title||Mistress of Honour|
|Genre||Romance Fiction, Patriotism|
|Publisher(s)||Penguin Books Ltd|
|No. of pages||224|
You Were My Crush!
Benoy, the main character of this story is a super rich spoiled brat, to say the least! He drives a Bentley, lives in house which may easily be called a mansion and is the most sought after boy for girls in his college. But, he is occupied by his own aura and also family concerns. Finally, a girl engages his attention and he falls in love with her. But this time she is the one who doesn’t pay heed to Benoy. Durjoy Dutta pens a simple and engaging story in You Were My Crush!
Shaina, the girl Benoy falls for, happens to be the younger sister of his best friend. Earlier, people had different opinion about Durjoy Dutta and he couldn’t care less but in a strange twist of fate, the moment he decided to take interest in another life, that life shunned him. It is only when one covers the entire book from start to finish, there is a sense of satisfaction. This is the power of attraction of a Durjoy Dutta novel. Just like his other romance fiction stories, You Were My Crush, too keeps the reader engaged with its simplicity and relatable story.
As one goes through the pages, the entire story plays out in the imagination. This is a common reaction of all regular readers of Durjoy Dutta. Same is the case with, You Were My Crush. Besides this fact, this novel also brings out the complexity of various relationships like a father-son, a true friend and family relations. The person might be the same by the context of relationship might make him appear entirely different. Also, there is far more to a particular person than his casual thoughts and manners may present. All these points of view are very casually blended by Durjoy Dutta in this novel. Those looking for simple and casual love story with a great readability would love, You Were My Crush.
Interesting facts about author Durjoy Dutta
Durjoy Dutta was honoured as a Young Achiever by The Times of India newspaper. His style of writing has found a huge audience in India, especially the middle class and the young generation of India. He is attributed to bring forth the entire scene in his books, before the eyes of the reader, as stated earlier.
He is one of those breeds of writers who have proved that interests can be diverse and each different interest can support the other. Since, 2008 he has been in the business of writing very popular romance fiction. He has also written TV shows which are popular with the youth.
Did you know?
You Were My Crush is popularly attributed to Durjoy Dutta but he has in fact co-authored this novel with a first time writer, Orvana Ghai.
|Book title||You Were My Crush!|
|Publisher(s)||Penguin Books Ltd|
|No. of pages||223|