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Thursday, 25 February 2016

It's not right but it's okay - book review

I believe this was one of the easiest reviews to write. The title of the book says it all It’s not right but it’s okay. The book opens with Arjun’s mother asking him to get married. It then shifts to the friendship between Arjun and Anushka. This gives you an impression that Arjun and Anushka are the lead pair of this novel. But they aren’t. After a few chapters the focus shifts to Angira and Ved. Angira is Anushka’s sister. Ved, Arjun and Anushka have studied at the same college.

Angira has just emerged from a breakup. She is depressed. She decides to move to Mumbai for education in fashion designing. That’s when she meets Ved through what’s app. Ved is a star footballer. They fall in love with each other.

Ved too has a past. He was in a relationship with Iona, who accused him of rape. One day Angira finds Ved kissing Iona in the car. Later Ved tells her that he was drunk and he loves her very much. The love story and the novel comes to an end.

The story, if there is any, did not impress me. In a country obsessed with skin colour, Ved and his family being ostracized for their Anglo-Indian roots is hard to believe. There are mistakes of punctuation. There are errors of grammar. Consider the following line on page 121 - “Ved gives her his cellphone and take her into the room.” On page 154 “Yes, he was Iona.” It should have been “Yes, he was with Iona.” Mistakes like these ruin the reading experience coupled with a plot, which is actually no plot. There are novels which without any plot strike a chord with the reader. But this book does not fall in that category. So to conclude It’s not right, but it’s okay.

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