It’s All In The Planets: Preeti Shenoy

 

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Aniket and Nidhi meet on a train.  Aniket has a hot model girlfriend who doesn’t treat him well and Nidhi’s boyfriend takes her for granted.  Nidhi agrees to be Aniket’s ‘relationship coach’.  From this start, the story follows the most predictable path possible with one twist thrown in for fun.  You know from page one, how is this going to end and Shenoy does little to make the journey worthwhile.  The twist helps a bit but not much.  The writing is ordinary at best and amateurish  when it’s not.  Sometimes, I wonder if any serious editing is done for Indian best-selling authors – or their books just make it to the market as received.  What was up, for instance, with entire stretches of dialogs repeated verbatim from one chapter to the next with a change in POV?  Was the book short of its required length or do the publishers think the reader really really dumb that she has to be told everything twice?

Don’t bother.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling

The overarching impression that I left with after reading the book was that Mindy Kaling is a nice Indian girl who makes only appropriate jokes. Sadly, as a result, she is funny in a limited way. Some of ‘The Office’ episodes she wrote may have been laugh out loud funny (I don’t know which ones she penned but it was indeed a hilarious sitcom), but the book is only mildly funny. It starts out strong – her accounting of her childhood is great – but then onwards its chic-lit all the way – funny but only Bridget Jones funny. Somewhere along the line, Mindy lets me know that I am not quite her target audience. But it is still fun to read about an improbable celebrity and her real self.  I ended up liking  Mindy Kaling, the person, better than the book.

Recommendation: Chic-lit lovers should certainly go for it.