World’s Best Boyfriend: Durjoy Datta

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The title was a fair warning, I must say.  However, Durjoy Datta is one of the most popular writers in India today, and I decided to read on.  It was a bad decision indeed.  A difficult-to-digest, strange, love-hate story between an angry young man (who, of course, has a legitimate reason to be angry) and a girl with a skin disease, that doesn’t make any sense at all.  This extreme love-hate thing doesn’t work for me.  How can you be so hateful one minute that you ruin reputations and careers and realize you are in love the next?  Even though Bollywood has done its best to tell us it’s possible, I still can’t buy it.  Any saving grace?  Two actually.  I liked Sanchit’s (our hero’s friend) dialogs that have a touch of humor.  And the moment in the book when the heroine meets Raghuvir (the requisite third angle to the story) and for the first time starts to feel good about herself.

Don’t even think about it.

A few lines from ‘The Jasmine Bloom’

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A Few Moments More

You knock on my door
And tell me to follow you
It’s time, you say
Time to leave.

I realize
I need a few moments more
I need to see how the jasmine I planted come out in the spring
And if the amaltas flowers will be as beautiful this summer.

I need to hear my girl’s laughter once more, See her smile light
up the room once more
I need to take her small hand in mine…
And thank God once more…

I need to visit countries, continents.
I need to see all the world has got to show me.

Oh there is so much I need to do!
Can’t we wait a bit?
Come- let’s wait a bit.

A few moments more
A few years more.