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Publishers: Rupa Publications
Right Fit Wrong Shoe, begins at a point where all love stories end. The tale weaves around Nandini and all that is important to her, with two contenders gunning for the top spot; Aditya Sarin and Sneha Verma.
Aditya Sarin, the man Nandini is madly in love with, yet compelled, for some unsolved reason to shun. Aditya, on his part, in the past declared Nandini to be a ‘millennium bhehenji (conservative girl)’ and ‘lassi (yoghurt drink) in a wine glass’. Yet he fell for her . . . hard! However, some mysterious episode caused the lovers to, acrimoniously, part.
Now, Aditya is back in Kanpur, all his guns blazing (the real and the imagined), determined to devastate her life. Fortunately for the readers, and unfotunately for Aditya, Nandini is determined not to‘bite the dust’ oh so quietly. Wonder, in the battle royal, who wins or who loses it all?
Sneha Verma, the other contender, is Nandini’s BFF, that one friend who knows us better than we do. The one we trust more than Stayfree or Clearasil. Sneha maybe headstrong, hammer fisted and stern mouthed, but for Nandini, she will willingly stand in the path of imminent lightning bolt or a nasty tornado, even if it’s named Aditya Sarin. In standard X, Sneha took Nandini under her wing and that equation hasn’t changed much. Sneha, a recent wife and even more recent mom, appears to be fighting some unknown demons of her own.
Right Fit Wrong Shoe, observes and opinionates the society, affected and amused. It fleetingly touches on issues; fleeting as watching discourses (courtesy Astha Channel), is trendier and quicker, than reading them.
The book is an AAA (anytime, anywhere, anyone) read. It promises to make your day better, and a bad one not any worse.
‘Right Fit Wrong Shoe’ is a mix of typical 80’s M&B’s and Bollywood masala movies with beautiful, smart protagonists. Which is perfectly fine, since the blurb indicates the same and the cover I must say complements the blurb.
The story opens with lovely Nandini receiving the news of the takeover of her company by handsome Aditya, with whom she shares a history. She dreads meeting him. Man on a mission, Aditya makes her life miserable the moment he arrives in the city. It was cute to see him adversely affected by her presence and even jealous of other men paying attention to her.
The story oscillates between present times and flashbacks, telling us about the falling in love, the repercussions of the misunderstanding between the two and finally the culprit twist.
While Nandini’s character is perfect, handsome Aditya, at 30+ comes across a little childish and not in control. He is shown to be angry with her to the point of throwing things and bashing up people. Ideal families, a bosom friend, an aunty-type secretary and an alleged rapist complete the cast.
Humor is a very individualistic taste. The story did make me laugh at places with the Bollywood dialogues and abbreviations. But it seemed that the author had tried too hard to inject humor in each sentence, which seemed a little contrived. Too many (analogies, explanations in brackets) worked like speed-bumps for immersion.
My peeve with the book is the language errors and punctuation, the fault mainly lies with the editing. I felt I was drowning in the exclamation marks, semi-colons and question marks. With so many punctuations it seemed all the characters are hopping in excitement around me. It ended in tiring me out. I think the editors should have moderated and proofread better.
I have read ‘Only Wheat And Not White’ by Varsha Dixit and liked it a lot. This one is probably her first or second book and it falls short due to high expectations set by ‘Only Wheat Not White’.
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Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
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