She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not : Novella Review



What happens when you finally achieve something (or someone) that you’ve cherished, coveted, openly desired and prayed for all your life? What do you do when you’re still not happy after getting that very person?

Zoella, a 20-something girl, was head-over-heels in love with her best-friend, Swaba’s elder brother Fardeen. While Zoella and Swaba have been friends since kindergarten and she has been in love with Fardeen since she was 10, she had not confessed her love. Although it wasn’t really necessary for the rest of the world, Fardeen was totally oblivious to her feelings and ignored it mistaking it to be a mere crush or puppy-love.

Fardeen was to get married to Neha, the sophisticated, petite, charming, beautiful and urbane girl that made Zoella feel inferior, short, fat and nice. And ‘nice’ in other words meant ‘boring.’ Zoella knew that Fardeen was never going to even look at her when he had Neha in his life and so she didn’t even try to express her love or win over Fardeen.

Zoella also came from a strict middle-class background and her family barely made ends meet after the demise of her father. She was a burden for her single mother who always favored her son. Her sister-in-law was equally tyrannical and her life was made hell by the trio. Yet Zoella was that martyr who still loved her family immensely and always sacrificed for their happiness.

Call it tragedy, irony, karma or destiny, Fardeen met with a terrible accident that left his face disfigured. A ‘marriage of convenience’ happened and Fardeen and Zoella ended up getting married.

While Zoella was readily accepted by his family, Fardeen always made her life difficult and never acknowledged her as he always thought that she was sympathizing with him. While Zoella thought that Fadeen was still in love with Neha and that he would never accept her in his life.

Rest of the story is about both discovering other’s love for them and how they overcome the boundaries and walls that they had build because of some things said and situations occurred.

A homely, traditional, well-mannered, romantic, loving yet modern, witty and sarcastic female protagonist is common in Zeenat’s writings. From Chandni or C in Haveli to Shahira in The Contract to Zoella in He loves Me She Loves Me Not.
Her writings are in sync with today’s times in most of Pakistanis (and Indian) middle-class families where girls have to sacrifice so much and are under house-arrest most of the times. Zeenat has a flair of creating extra-ordinary heroines out of ordinary families and stories.
The inner turnmoil of Zoella of being unwanted and unloved by her own family to not being loved by the one she immensely loved to getting married to her love and get shattered by his arrogance is nicely described. As a reader, you get into the psyche of Zoella and feel the pain she feels in her journey through the words. And that, as a writer, is very hard to do and Zeenat has made it look so easy.
All other supporting characters are also nicely created and make the setting feel more real.
The novella is filled with humor and tragedy. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you sad and it will make you happy and most important of all, it will make you fall in love, with love, all over again.

Makes for a perfect valentine gift and an immensely enjoyable read.

Connect with the author here : Zeenat Mahal

The novella is published by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

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In A Feeling Named Love : Novel Review



D.Sathwik is yet another Indian author who is bitten by that urge to write a love story based on his own life. In A Feeling Named Love is the result of the same urge. Thankfully, he is not yet another Engineering student who had to pen down his love memoirs of college. Sathwik is a Law student and this love story of his starts in early teens.

Ritwik was just like any other normal 14 years old student, notorious and wary of studying. However he was socially motivated and so was in the good books of his teachers and he managed to get average marks in his exams and so his parents weren’t complaining either. His life was pretty much ordinary till he met Shrita.

Shrita was a rich father’s daughter who wasn’t spoilt nor was she arrogant. She was a simple girl with simple tastes. They became friends, turned to close friends, and before completing standard 10, the close friendship transformed into love and their love brought the two understanding and caring families together by the time they finished their high school.

The book is all about their journey from friendship to close friendship to love to their talking to their parents and making them understand and making them accept their relationship.

As you can infer, it is a puppy love story. They were in love by the time they were 14 and frequenting each other’s residences. They had understanding parents who didn’t object to their relationship provided it didn’t affect their studies and they concentrated on their careers first and then thought about settling down.

Coming from a new author, his writing is fairly good. Few grammatical errors here and there but they’re pardonable. Unlike the fashion these days, there are no cuss words or no OTT descriptions of physical attributes. Also, the children keep their romance confined to words and don’t get physical as they are moralistic kids.

Funnily, the novel is set in the year 2020 and the story moves forward in a long flashback. Except for the tragic climax, the novel is pretty much a feel good one revolving around 2 people and their concerned families.

It is not a literary masterpiece (childish writing) nor has a great story-line (puppy love story), some parts are really annoying and skip-worthy, some parts are too good to be true and some others are plain silly, but overall makes up for a nice read.

Connect with the author here: D. Sathwik


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28 Years A Bachelor : Novel Review

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28 Years A Bachelor, penned by Rasana Atreya, is a simple and a slightly funny tale set
around a small village called Lingampally in Andhra Pradesh. Although the cover indicates that it might be the story of a 28 year old woman who’s looking for a groom, quite contrary to that, the protagonist of the story happens to be a sensible man, Madhav, who lives in the city Hyderabad.

Madhav is well educated, has a job that pays well, lives with his parents, sister is happily married, owns a vehicle and a house, yet is unsatisfied with his life. He can cope with the hustle-bustle and stress of the city life, but he longs for the peace and serenity of the village life and longs to live with his grand-parents.

He is torn between his duty towards his parents – to provide them with a happy life in their old age and be their support – and his love for the peace of the village life.
There is Jaya, his sister, who is pregnant and has recently become a widow. While his parents say she ‘belongs’ to her parents-in-law and they have no say in her life anymore, he believes that it is better to bring her home and to rescue her from her tyrannical in-laws who want to disown her because she’s carrying a girl child.
Then there is Shyamala, the not-so-fair girl from the village, who has conquered his heart with her simplicity and selfless life.
And of course, there are his grand-parents who have been scheming to bring him to live in the village for ages now.

After enough contemplation (and manipulation by his grand-parents) one fine day, he quits his job and decides to move to the village and that’s when his relationship with his parents turns sour. While his father is relenting and understanding, it is his mother who is stubborn and doesn’t forgive him nor his grand-parents for apparently turning her only child against her.

The characters are very nicely etched and stress has been given on minute details and intricacies of the place where the story is set. For instance, in one scene, Shyamala looks down and is about to move away when Madhav enters the scene and says that people might think otherwise when Madhav asks for her hurried and sudden exit.

Although the protagonist of the novel is Madhav, there are various strong women characters surrounding him all through the story. His sister, Jaya, his mother, his love-interest and later wife, Shyamala and the strongest of them all, his grand-mother are some of those characters. The author has nicely and humorously portrayed how these strong women influence the lives of people around them.

Sometimes you do feel that the author is trying to introduce and explain all the Telugu customs, traditions and their way of celebrating various festivals through this novel. Otherwise, it is a clear picture of the present-day-India, where life is very different in cities and villages.
Rasana ruthlessly shows the plight of women even in modern and educated families and that more often than not, it is women only who are stubborn and want and give more preference to sons and ignore girls.

The novel shows the difference between the pace of life in city and a village. How the celebration of festivals, customs and traditions followed, environment, lifestyle, mindset, attitude etc., varies between cities and villages.

The novel makes you laugh, makes you cry, sometimes angers you, sometimes saddens you at the tragedy, sometimes just shows you the true and cruel picture of present day in most families. But most of all, it enlightens you and subtly provokes you to think rationally and question some customs and traditions that have long become obsolete and are past their expiry dates.

For someone who is interested in reading about different cultures, knowing about the true picture of life in most Hindu families today and who wants to know about village life, this is one of the better reads in the present times.

On the downside, it requires a little more proof-reading as there are a few, very few, typing errors and the novel is really long.

Overall, worth reading.

Connect with the author : Rasana Atreya 

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The Archers Revenge : Novel Review

The Archers Revenge is a self-published novel by Rajesh Kollu, a professional blogger from Chennai, who blogs at Destination Infinity.


Guru, a powerful and cunning minister, gets 3 people killed from Renewable Energy Department when he is not assigned the portfolio. The official report says cardiac arrest as the cause of death and while everybody is silent because of the influence of the minister, it is pretty obvious that there is something fishy.

Aryan, whose father was one of the three dead, gets an anonymous call and he instantly begins his personal investigations and realizes that it wasn’t a natural death, but murder. And he pledges revenge. But there was no way he could take on the powerful minister who always moved amidst tight security. That’s when he decides that he will use bow and arrows to get his revenge instead of using sophisticated weapons.

After waiting for a long time and meticulous planning, he finds a chance to kill Guru, who was at Tirupati for darshan and had minimum security around him while returning. Everything was going according to his plan and he was about to shoot the arrow at Guru’s heart when another arrow stings Guru at his shoulder. Aryan is shocked and realizes that there is another person who wants Guru dead. It is Divya, whose father was also among the three dead, and wanted revenge.

So, they join hands to take on the powerful Guru and plot various schemes to kill him. The twist at the end is very filmy, but justice prevails.

The writing is lucid and easy to read. The characters of Aryan and Divya are also wonderfully set up but they seem to be lacking chemistry. The sparks just don’t fly between them. The cat and mouse game between Police and this duo is nice and action filled. Although there are instances which are illogical or too stupid and obvious, I reckon the author is under the influence of Southern movies. 😛

Makes up for a short and nice read.

Connect with the author here : Destination Infinity

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A Second Spring : Novel Review

a second springA Second Spring…brings new hope is the debut work of Sandhya Jane, who has been associated with the corporate world for about two decades, working for leading investment banks across continents.

Avantika, lovingly called Avi, is a single mom and a workaholic who’s often referred to as Monster boss by her sub-ordinates. She is successful, intelligent, witty, ferocious, passionate about work and a control freak. She socializes only for work and post that, rushes home to be with her young son.

She takes Rohan, a new employee with the bank she works in, under her wing as she sees potential in him and wants to give him a chance. Rohan is exact opposite of her and isn’t as passionate about work. He is careless, likes to enjoy life and take it easy instead of being absorbed in work all the time. Although Avi is irritated with his erratic behavior in the beginning, she doesn’t torment him because he manages to meet his deadlines and finish his work in time.

They spend a lot of time together at work, planning and preparing presentations, meeting new and prospective clients, finishing business and having fun. Slowly Rohan manages to tear down the facade of aloofness that Avantika carried around herself to ‘protect’ herself from pain and gets closer to her. Eventually they fall in love.

One fine day, Rohan vanishes from her life, leaving a note that his marriage was fixed by his parents and he couldn’t rebel against them. She immediately moves to States as she is surrounded by the memories of her love in Mumbai and she needed to get away. She finds solace in spiritualism and meditation. Eventually Rohan comes back to her.

What happened to Rohan’s marriage? Doesn’t Avantika find anybody in States? Does she forgive and accept Rohan back in her life? Read on to find out the answers to these questions.

The characterization is perfect and matters of love and life are ably dealt with in the novel. Control-freak facade and that aloofness to keep people away, so as to protect oneself against the pain experienced in the past and not wanting to going through it again. But that soft and caring demeanor and vulnerability beneath the facade that allows anyone who’s a little persistent to get closer and gives them the power to hurt.
About how it is in most middle-class families in India where people still don’t rebel against their parents’ choices and sacrifice their love when it comes to duty.
About how destiny plays a major role in who you end up with and if something is meant to be, it happens anyway, now or eventually.

Both know that what they are getting into is trouble and their struggles to stay away in the beginning are nicely portrayed. And how eventually love overcomes their resistance and brings them together only to be fallen apart by the curse of destiny.
How they get closer and how wrecked their lives become when they are drifted apart and how difficult it gets to cope up with the break up is also nicely portrayed.

How most loveless marriages turn out to be after a few years is also aptly shown and while many continue to stay in it for the sake of society and children, more and more people are getting divorced today in modern India.

The writing is good but the author and the editor need to rework on the novel as it is filled with loads and loads of printing and grammatical errors.

Overall, makes up for a good read.

Connect with the author here : Sandhya Jane

P.S : A mail from the author says that having lived in America for over a decade, she has written the book in American English which is very different from Indian English. And after re-checking with her editor she confirms that there are no grammatical errors in the book according to the American English.

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My first live surgical experience!

If there is one thing I can not stand and hate being around, then that has got to be the hospitals. No, I have nothing against doctors or hospitals in particular, I just can’t stand that nauseating smell that emanates from spirit, medicines and equipment. Also, I just can’t stand the sight of surgical equipment such as razor, scissors, knives etc., as I feel giddy as I instantly begin to visualize how they would be used and that mental-picture makes me overcome with dizziness.

Also, I’m a person who is very weak at heart. I can’t stand the sight of sobbing relatives, injured patients, patients waiting to be operated upon, people overcoming with sadness at the exorbitant costs of operation and/or their ability to meet those expenses. All these things make me feel that hospitals are a wretched place to be in.

Now, I know that hospitals do a lot of good, treating and curing patients and giving them a new lease of life. I also know that Doctors are the only people we would look upon, when we are in need. I am not being irrational in my hatred towards hospitals, it is just because of my being a weakling.

Now imagine my horror, when I was told that I was supposed to witness a live surgery! Not only will I have to endure the sight of the surgical instruments – that make me feel giddy only at the sight of them – but also be present when the doctors use them to operate a patient in the Operation Theater!
Yeah, I gasped and even the thought of witnessing a surgery was shit scary and beat the living daylights out of me.
Well, eventually, I had to attend and am glad to say, I was able to witness it without fainting! 😛
What helped me was that I did witness the surgery, but from the glass in the door of the operation theater. I could see everything, unfortunately, but at least, I was out of the room and that gave me solace and strength that I could run anytime if the sight was unbearable.

I witnessed a bilateral knee replacement surgery. Doctors and medical people, pardon my terminology, as I would be using layman terms to explain the surgery.

So, the patient was given local anesthesia and both his legs, from thighs to ankle, were wrapped by two layers of white tape to reduce the blood flow. Then, they tore off the tape covering the knee area and spread a yellow-colored knee drape across both the knees. And the doctor took a knife (gasp!) and cut a straight line right in the middle of the knee as if it were a rubber ball. (It actually resembled one.) And, casually, with his two hands, pulled at the two sides of the ball  knee, tearing it further and revealing the tissues inside. Horror!

Yesterday, I actually thought that I wouldn’t last long and I would faint at the first use of the knife. But, I somehow managed to stand-still. This was the most horrible part, the cutting, post that, it was manageable. Although, I am sure I lasted this long just because I was standing outside the O.T. If I were inside, the experience today would have been completely different.

Post that, the doctor used shaver blades, drill machines, hammers and nails and what not to clear the tissues until the white bone inside was clearly visible. Post that, using various equipment, he cut the upper part of the knee-bone that was affected and replaced it by an artificial implant which was attached to the bone with the help of cement. Later, they stitched the tear with the help of a needle and a thread.

So, yes, that was my first surgery that I witnessed live. Hopefully, the next time I have to go, I will muster enough courage in my heart to go inside the operation theater! And not faint! 😀

Moral : God has a really funny way of making us do the very things that we hate fervently and wish that we never have to do them!

Hats off to all those doctors, surgeons, assistants and hospital staff who endure this on a daily basis. And hats off to all the medical students aspiring to become one of these.

P.S : To those who want to know what I actually witnessed, check-out this video.. (at your own risk!) (graphic)

(This video is that of the surgery performed in a foreign location. So, there are many differences in the instruments used, but the overall procedure of the surgery is same in India as well.)

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Against All Odds : Novella Review

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Against All Odds is another wonderful romance novella, which is penned by JazzSingh and published by Indireads.

Sanjana, a small-town girl from Kasauli, has just passed and is on her first interior designing project in Delhi. She doesn’t have much experience but is determined, hard-working, talented and very creative. On a rainy day, she happens to slip on a wet road in front of a rich man’s car. The guy thinks she’s a con and is trying to fish money out of him and admonishes her. A self-respecting woman that she is, she doesn’t reply anything but hires an auto and goes to hospital on her own even when he insists that he would drop her. She has a hairline fracture is advised to take complete bed-rest. She hates that arrogant rich man.

But a hardworking woman that she is, she is determined to meet her deadline in the present project and works from home while her associate Mohanty takes care of all the on-site work and also checks on her everyday. When she finally is able to walk with the help of a stick, she goes to the site only to overhear a conversation between her employer and another guy who was saying that it was stupid of him to employ someone with virtually no experience for the job. Needless to say, it was the same arrogant guy, Abhimanyu, a real estate agent, who happens to be her employer’s friend.

When her employer learns that it was Abhi who had caused Sanjana the pain, albeit unintentionally, he reprimands him saying that the least he could have done was to take her to a hospital.

She again bumps into Abhi in a meeting with a prospective new client who also happens to be his friend. Although she gives much importance to her self-respect, she’s also frank with her new client and tells her that she has no experience on her very first meeting and looks at Abhi directly. The new client hires her anyway. Abhi tries to be good to her now, but she simply ignores him and doesn’t take his help.

Slowly, they keep bumping into each other at various places and both begin to change their opinions of each-other. Both grow fond of each other and soon Sanjana is in love with Abhi. Although Abhi also shows special interest towards Sanjana, she thinks he’s just sympathizing with her and wants to make up for being rude to her on their very first meet.

Although she loves him, she’s sure that they can never be together. Her lifestyle is different to that of his and so are their circles. She believes she can never fit into his lifestyle and his people would never accept her. He, well-dressed, impeccable, suave, rich and metro-man and she, a small-town girl with middle-class values. Another thing that nags her is that she isn’t sure whether he is really interested in her or if he’s simply playing her.

Once, when Abhi’s mom meets her, her doubts become clearer as she not only accuses her of trying to fish money out of his son, she also calls her names. She doesn’t say anything, just disappears from the scene without leaving a trace.

Where did she disappear? Does Abhi ever learn about this incident? Was he simply playing with her or was he genuinely interested in her? Do they meet again? Read Against All Odds to learn more.

Jazz Singh’s writing is fresh and simple. She makes the situations feel real and believable. She has nicely described the contrasting lifestyles and attitudes of Sanjana and Abhimanyu. Sanjana’s traditions, values, feelings, cheerful-nature, her life in Delhi and her life in Kasauli are also nicely expressed. She’s frank, cheery, realistic and knows her limitations. She doesn’t hold a grudge against Abhi in the beginning or his mom later in the story.

In one scene, Sanjana says that she has lived in Delhi enough to know how it goes there. That she and Abhi are just playing each-other and nothing serious is going on between them. This, when they’ve become physically intimate with each-other. So, a small-town girl from Kasauli who once stops Abhi from going beyond kissing with, “In our place, we don’t do this out of marriage,” doesn’t have qualms about sleeping with him because she wants him and is really attracted towards him even when she knows that they aren’t going to be together.

This has got to be the best description of love, attraction and the need to get closer physically in love. Although, so not like Sanjana and her small-town character, that is what love makes her do.

A very nice, romantic yet realistic read. Makes you fall in love with Sanjana instantly and Abhimanyu later on.

Connect with the author here : Jazz Singh 

The novella is published by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

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Girl From Fatehpur : Novella Review

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Girl From Fatehpur penned by Sarita Varma and published by Indireads is a short and sweet novella which falls under the genres of chick-lit and rom-com.

Sana is from small-town Fatehpur, currently residing at Mumbai. She works at a company and Krish is her colleague who is not only besotted with her but also has just proposed her. Although he’s complete marriage material and she has no particular reason to reject his proposal, she’s wary of accepting it. Unable to decide what to do, she shares her dilemma with Zoya, her flatmate. Zoya gives her the perfect idea of thinking it over a few days of break from Krish and Mumbai.

Her cousin, Renee, is getting married in Fatehpur and that becomes the perfect excuse for Sana to take a holiday. Although she has a large family waiting for her at Fatehpur, she has never been to the village ever since her parents passed away. She’s everyone’s darling and everybody’s more than happy to see her and shower her with immense love.

She also bumps into Rajan, her childhood crush, who had no interest in her when they were kids. Rajan now lives in Seattle and is wary of the institution of marriage because of his own parents’ marriage ending on a sad note. He is that ultra-modern guy who prefers to be in a relationship without having to be arrested by customs and traditions.

They keep bumping into each-other for marriage preparations and become really close that she again fancies him. This time, Rajan is also enchanted by her and really enjoys her company. Just when things seem to be headed at a concrete level, Krish jumps into the picture. He happens to be one of the cousins of the groom and he sticks to her like glue. She’s exasperated, terrified and frustrated.

Thus forms the love triangle between Rajan, Sana and Krish and both men vying to woo her and outdo each other.

Is Sana in love with Rajan or is it just infatuation? Is Rajan also in love with Sana or is it just her disillusion? Who does she finally agree to marry, Rajan or Krish? Read Girl From Fatehpur to know.

Although she’s a freelance writer and has contributed short stories for the Chicken Soup series and has written numerous articles for magazines and web sites on history, travel, health and a host of diverse topics, Girl From Fatehpur is author Sarita Varma’s debut work under fiction.

Her writing is simple, smooth-flowing and conversant. The conversations between Sana and Zoya or her cousin Devika are hilarious, whereas those between her and Rajan are sweet and romantic. The novella showcases the hustle and bustle and the chaos that follows in the house of wedding. It also showcases the transformation of a small-town girl into a fierce and mature professional. It is an ordinary story (in a good way) and so one can relate to it and it could be anybody’s story. What makes it extra-ordinary is the author’s capacity to emote to the readers through the characters. The author has very nicely described the confusion in Sana’s heart and her varied feelings at the various developments around her.

It is a sweet read. The happy ending will leave you brimming with a smile.

Connect with the author here : Sarita Varma 

The novella is published by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

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Haveli : Novella Review

Haveli is a romance novella set in Pakistan in 1971 where Chandni, who detests that name and stresses on being called as C, is a descendant of a rich heirloom. As her mother passed away soon after giving birth and her father abandoned her even before, she was raised by her grandmother, Bi-Amma, whom she preferred to refer as The Broad because of her strictness. C has tons of attitude, but is sharp, intelligent, sarcastic, well-read, happy-go-lucky, energetic and an eclectic woman, who loves to keep giving pet-names to people around her based on literary characters.



She is home-schooled and so she has very few friends. Her true friends are Baba, a family friend and Zafar, her half-brother whom she really likes. She has always longed for her father, whom she calls Nameless, to return and beg for forgiveness.

As a kid, she had a huge crush on Kunwar Rohail Khanzada who’s already married and has a daughter. Now, a young and beautiful C, wants to enthrall him and tries everything in her capacity to lure him, including dressing provocatively for him. Unfortunately, Kunwar neither has any idea about this nor has any interest in her.

But what she’s more frustrated with is that Taimur, who is Baba’s son and is christened as Alpha-Male by C, can see through all her ploys and makes fun of her for being so naive. Nobody has ever made fun of her and nobody has ever make her look foolish. So, she instantly hates Taimur whom she keeps rechristening every now and then, from Heathcliff to Moriarty to Mr.Darcy.

She doesn’t hate him for nothing. Taimur is equally intelligent, very handsome, although not well-read, he can not only understand C’s sarcasm, but also reply her in same vein and more often than not, get a strong hold over her. Taimur calls her Medusa in return to the names that she has given him. Their sparkling chemistry, razor-sharp tongues’ induced verbal duels forms the highlight of the novella as they are really hilarious and make you smile.

While Bi-Amma wants C married to Taimur, she hates him even more. Never has she disobeyed The Broad, but this one time she does and immediately declines to get married to Taimur.

Her father makes a sudden entry into her life and he hasn’t come alone. He has come with a suitor. Now she’s struck between her grandmother and her father and between two guys who are vying for her love.

Why has her father suddenly appeared again? Has he any dubious intentions or is it just the fatherly love that has brought him back? Who’s the better suitor for C among the two guys? Who does C select among the two? Read Haveli to find out.

Haveli is Zeenat Mahal’s first novella but she writes like a veteran. She has a strong hold on literature and has nicely sufficed so many sub-stories within a short novella. All the characters are well-etched and the woman characters are strong and fierce. Especially Bi-Amma and C. The immaturity of C, her longing for her father, her strong attachment to her father and her immense desire to please her father once he resurfaces are nicely portrayed. Baba is another wonderful character in the novella. He loves C from all his heart and doesn’t hate her even when she rejects his son, Taimur, but supports her. While the whole novella is fast-paced and well-balanced, it has an abrupt climax which leaves the reader desiring for more.

Romance, humor, emotions and battle-of-wits. A perfect read.

She has already published her second novella, The Contract.
Connect with the author here : Zeenat Mahal

The novella is published by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

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A Scandalous Proposition : Novella Review

A Scandalous Proposition

A Scandalous Proposition is penned by Mimmy Jain under the pen name of M.M.George and distinctly falls in the category of Indian Mills & Boons. Yes, it has got the template, a rich obnoxious guy, a middle-class girl, sparks fly when they meet, lust overpowers love in the beginning where love wins over everything in the end.

Mira Talwar has just moved to Delhi with her sister and an ailing mother after the death of her father. She’s already late for her interview and when she thinks nothing could go wrong, she ends up in wrong floor of the building. She ends up in Ranbir Dewan’s office and immediately sparks begin to fly between the two. Unfortunately for her, he’s the kind of guy who believes in bedding the girl and moving on. In less than a week, he asks her to be his mistress for 6 months. Yeah, he was obnoxious, arrogant and a rich asshole, but instead of slapping him, she refuses and gets out. Not before getting kissed and baring her bosom for him. Yes, she couldn’t stop him (and herself) when he made his move.

Next day, he calls her and says that his cousin, Tarun, is in love with her sister, Reema, but his aunt would certainly be against this alliance and that they will have to hatch a plan to include Reema in the family and for that he says that Reema should join his ailing grand-mother as her 24/7 companion. While Mira was still contemplating, Ranbir insisted that both Mira and Reema stayed at their home and that is what makes Mira suspicious about Ranbir’s intentions.

Was Ranbir genuinely concerned about his cousin? Or was he pushing for his own carnal desires to be fulfilled? Was he really that arrogant, rich, obnoxious womaniser that he appeared to be or was there more to him? What happens of Tarun-Reema and more importantly, of Ranbir-Mira? Read the novella to find out.

The writing is excellent and enjoyable. The setting is wonderful, rich guy who appears to be obnoxious womaniser, a middle-class girl who’s headstrong and traditional yet modern. It’s a racy-plot with lots of nitpicking and loads of fireworks, both verbal and romantic, between Ranbir and Mira. The relation between Ranbir and his family members is nicely depicted where slowly Mira learns about Ranbir who’s not obnoxious asshole. The conversations and battle-of-wits of Ranbir and Mira are filled with loads of hilarity and fun. The best part of the novella is the sizzling chemistry between Ranbir and Mira. The attraction that they feel for each-other is just too strong but not so strong that Mira would forget her traditional values (and society) and give in to his scandalous proposition even though she’s very much tempted to accept it. And almost does. Twice.

A spicy read. Perfect (spicy) mix of romance, humor, relationships and love. Romance fanatics and chick-lit lovers would totally love reading it.

Connect with the author here : M.M George

The novella is published by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

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