Authored By Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
Publication Year 2008
Number of Pages 272 Pages
About the author: Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan is a blogger and writer. She writes under the pseudonym eM on The Compulsive Confessor. Her first book, a semi-autobiographical attempt, is “You Are Here”, published by Penguin Group.
Description: At twenty-five, life`s innumerable entanglements are getting to Arshi. Her blonde American step-mom`s trying too hard. The gorgeous guy who has Arshi all flushed and dreamy doesn`t seem to be trying at all. Her best friend Deeksha`s going to be married in a few months. And, her otherwise unruffled, cocktail-concocting flatmate Topsy`s getting testier by the day because her conservative family will never approve of the darling guy she`s in love with. What`s more, there`s a cheating ex-boyfriend, a weepy neighbour and a heinous boss who need to be told where to get off. Her head spinning wildly with the sheer gravity of her life`s quandaries, Arshi realizes what she needs most now are just a few epiphanies of the right kind. You Are Here introduces a bold and irresistible new voice.
Review: I can’t believe someone who blogs so well, can write such a low debut book. I had so much of hopes while picking the book, as I follow her blog and enjoy reading her posts. Sex and alcohol the only 2 elements I found in this book. The book has absolutely no story. It was a herculean task for me to complete it as I had to read it to write this review. The book is badly written, I wonder if Meenakshi apparently majored in English from St. Stephen’s, Delhi, if so I doubt her marks in English language. Trash is the only word according to me for this book.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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