Friday, December 14, 2012

Wrong Means Right End - Book Review


Book: Wrong Means Right End
Author: Varsha Dixit
Publisher: Rupa
Price: Rs. 140


If you are a fan of Karan Johar movies, you will love this book. But for someone like me, a hardcore fan of Anurag Kashyap's gory and twisty cinema, this one was wan't up to the mark. BUT. That doesn't mean the book was no good. Its dependent on one's choices and perspectives.

Here's a summary of the book:
"After a failed marriage, Sneha, a single working mom, has no time, or inclination, for love. She resists every matchmaking attempt made by the overzealous Nandini, married to industrialist Aditya. But then the past intrudes in the form of the gorgeous and rich, Nikhil, who brings along Gayatri to break-up her ex-fiance, Aditya’s marriage. Sneha enlists Nikhil' s help to salvage the situation. But how does she even talk to a man who clearly loathes her? As Nikhil and Sneha try to grapple with their egos and combustible chemistry, love blossoms."

Like all novels/movies falling in the chick-lit genre, here too, you will find that the male protagonist is a multimillionaire drop dead gorgeous hunk (and not yet 30) and ALWAYS spurned in love (in the past, of course!). The lady is no less than a Charlie's angel - strong, feisty, making it all alone in a big bad world, and someone who will always be fit and sexy even though she hardly finds time to gym (like most of us office-goers).

The protagonists of the book Sneha and Nikhil are undeniably attracted to each other, and at the same time, they can't stand the sight of each other due to some past liaisons. Nikhil is a divorcee (AND multimillionaire hunk!) and Sneha, a divorcee with a son (AND a super sexy working woman of the world!). As much as Sneha wants to avoid meeting Nikhil, she is forced to, as he is the only one who can help her in saving her best friend's Nandini's (sexy lady!) marriage to Aditya (handsome multimillionaire hunk!). Bright? No?No? May be you should read on..

I did not anything profound or something very interesting in the story. The story moves forward with Sneha and Nikhil's expected and unexpected meetings, and the author goes as far as writing out their wild fascinations for us. Not once. Not twice. Many times over. Our very chaste good girl and good guy even try making out in the car. Eevrytime I read how Nikhil wanted to sweep Sneha off her feet in an Adam-Eve kind of way and do ermm...things to her, I was transported back to the Mills and Boon days. Frankly, I had expected better!

In parts, you do kind of identify with the urban settings and the stress relationships undergo. The characterization of Sneha's and Nandini's friendship is nice, but a little over the top! In parts, it did remind me of the Sex and the City girls. They keep going back and forth, helping each other out in tricky situations and even putting themselves on the spot for the other. In the last few chapters, you will find out how eventually Sneha and Nikhil give the book its name - They did use Wrong Means for their friends, but finally everyone got to a Right End!

The book has some glaring grammatical and editorial errors which are a huge turn off. Many of the situations and characters are so cliched that you get a feeling of deja vu more than once. Like Nikhil's ex-wife (uncovered by Sneha) is a drug addict, Sneha's son suddenly starts calling Nikhil Dad, as opposed to 'Nik' and the likes you know.

PS: This book is a sequel to the "Right Fit Wrong Shoe" by the same author. May be my verdict would have been different had I read that one. Or maybe not! You will have to figure it out for yourself. As I said before, you may like this book if you are a Chick-Lit genre fan. As for me, just a one-time read. Ideal for an overnight train journey or a 2 hour flight.

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5 comments:

  1. Sigh. Are we doomed to not have any variety in Indian pop-lit?
    I wrote a blogpost a while ago on this topic (I know, shameless of me to be plugging my own blog here, but I thought you might like reading it!)

    http://reekycoleslaw.com/?p=679

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    1. @Rickie: After reading your post, I can safely say that after the second half of 2026, we wouldn't really complain about the variety of Indian pop-lit!! :-P

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  2. Nice review...

    you can also my review of this book at
    http://anjan5.blogspot.in/2012/12/book-review-wrong-means-right-end.html

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    1. @Anjan: Thanks for dropping by. And it was good to read your opinion too.

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  3. loved it!loved it!

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