A story of mid-life crisis, corporate politics, love , lust , ruin and resurrection.. The Jasmine Bloom by Author Rajat Narula , a strong recommendation if you want to taste something different than the usual romance!!
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Final View: I read this book from cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you feel you need a break from regular romances, then pick this forbidden affair so you know the ramifications of threading the most disapproved path.
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There is still hope for Indian best-selling authors! After the likes of Ravinder Pal Singh and Preeti Shenoy, Anuja Chauhan is a breath of fresh air. The writing is simple, uncomplicated, but airy and light at the same time. Her use of humor is spot-on – haven’t had so many laugh-out-loud moments in a long time. Zoya Solanki is a low level account executive in a big advertising company, working on a big campaign that involves cricketers – when she discovers her magical powers. Whenever she has breakfast with them, the Indian team wins. How this turns her life topsy-turvy in a cricket-crazy nation that gives her the status of a goddess. This story intertwines with her now-on, now-off relationship with the Indian captain. The premise itself is interesting and the writing is superb – even the Hinglish doesn’t sound cliché and works well. The dialogues and the writing are very organic and flow beautifully. The book has its flaws – the romance between Zoya and Nikhil goes through a misunderstanding routine that is a bit boring and the cricket gets to be a bit much towards the end (even for me). But overall, an enjoyable book indeed.
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?